An experimental and computational investigation was conducted to study the growth and detachment of a single liquid droplet. High-speed photography was employed to capture the droplet evolution from the onset to the breakup time. Three-dimensional computations were carried out to predict the droplet behavior and flow dynamics inside the droplet. The droplet fluid was water immersed in the surrounding atmospheric air. The computations were performed using the finite volume and Volume of Fluid (VOF) techniques. The computations and high-speed photography of the droplet formation were carried out at 20°C. Diameter of the injection port was 2.4 mm and the flow rate for generation of droplets was 1.1 × 10−4 kg/s. These values together with the choice of liquid resulted in a Bond number of 0.19, Capillary number of 3.4 × 10−4, and liquid-to-gas viscosity ratio of 56.05. The results indicated that the shape and evolution of the droplet as predicted by the computations were in good agreement with those captured on the high-speed photographs. The computations revealed details of the flow inside the droplet such as pressure and velocity.

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