Generation of sub-micron-sized droplets, by continuous extensional flow

Joung Sook Hong, Chongyoup Kim

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A method is devised to generate sub-micron-sized droplets without surfactants by using a continuous extensional flow. By using the extensional flow judiciously the physical limits on the viscosity ratio of the dispersed and dispersing media could be overcome. The strain hardening behavior of the Boger fluid under the extensional flow gave a synergic effect to generate the smaller droplets. It was shown that the drop size could be decreased to a sub-micron scale and the droplet size distribution was much narrower compared to the case of the conventional shear (stirring) method. This method is also applicable when the two phases are compatible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)681-686
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics
Issue number11-12
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jun


  • Boger fluid
  • Continuous extensional flow
  • Emulsification
  • Strain hardening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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