Drop impact dynamics: Splashing, spreading, receding, bouncing..

A. L. Yarin

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The review deals with drop impacts on thin liquid layers and dry surfaces. The impacts resulting in crown formation are referred to as splashing. Crowns and their propagation are discussed in detail, as well as some additional kindred, elbeit nonsplashing, phenomena like drop spreading and deposition, receding (recoil), jetting, fingering, and rebound. The review begins with an explanation of various practical motivations feeding the interest in the fascinating phenomena of drop impact, and the above-mentioned topics are then considered in their experimental, theoretical, and computational aspects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-192
Number of pages34
JournalAnnual Review of Fluid Mechanics
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • Crown formation
  • Cusp formation
  • Fingering
  • Free rim
  • Jetting
  • Rebound
  • Recoil
  • Roughness
  • Secondary droplets
  • Wettability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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