Bouncing and walking exotica

Observed and predicted bouncing and walking states for silicone oil of viscosity 20cS being vibrated at 80Hz.

We present the results of an integrated experimental and theoretical investigation of droplets bouncing on a vibrating fluid bath. A comprehensive series of experiments provides the most detailed characterisation to date of the system’s dependence on fluid properties, droplet size and vibrational forcing. A number of new bouncing and walking states are reported, including complex periodic and aperiodic motions. Particular attention is given to the rst characterisation of the dierent gaits arising within the walking regime. In addition to complex periodic walkers and limping droplets, we highlight a previously unreported mixed state, in which the droplet switches periodically between two distinct walking modes. Our experiments are complemented by a theoretical study based on our previous developments [J. Fluid Mech., 727, 582-611 (2013)], [J. Fluid Mech., 727, 612-647 (2013)], which provides a basis for rationalising all observed bouncing and walking states.

See paper:  Wind-Willassen, Molacek, Harris and Bush (2013)

Select Press:  American Institute of Physics