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Piddler design charts for Rayleigh-Plateau instability

version 1.0.1 (3.34 MB) by Fernando Zigunov
Ever wondered how the piddlers of Dr. Edgerton worked? These files include a simple design chart to understand the parameter space.

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Updated 24 Apr 2020

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Based on the derivation described here:

These files are my effort to popularize the design of the Rayleigh-Plateau piddler. You need a coffee machine pump and a strobe light capable of strobing at 60Hz (best if you can change the frequency). The visual effect is amazing!

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Fernando Zigunov (2020). Piddler design charts for Rayleigh-Plateau instability (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

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I hate when Matlab doesn't allow us to just edit the entry

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