A mechanical treatment of the leaky faucet experiment

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Abstract

Experimental observation of a series of bistable regions in a string of time intervals between successive drops as a function of flow rate is presented and discussed. A quantitative one-dimensional model is proposed for various moderate flow-rate phenomena observed in a dripping faucet experiment. The existence of a series of bistable regions is explained in terms of a feedback loop in the phase angle of drops oscillating on the end of a pipette.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)148-154
Number of pages7
JournalPhysics Letters A
Volume155
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 6 1991
Externally publishedYes

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