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Fibers and Polymers

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 1–7 | Cite as

Aspects of electrohydrodynamic instabilities at polymer interfaces

  • Thomas P. RussellEmail author
  • Zhiqun Lin
  • Erik Schäffer
  • Ullrich Steiner
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Abstract

Electrospinning is emerging as a simple means of producing fibers with diameters ranging from 0.02µm to many microns. Electrospinning, however, relies on the force generated by an electric field on the surface of a polymer solution to either enhance instabilities in a thinning jet or to rapidly elongate a jet of polymer solution form a nozzle. In this article, the fundamental physics and fluid dynamics on the subject matter are described, and some of the relevant parameters in electrodynamic instabilities at polymer interfaces are discussed in some detail.

Keywords

Electrohydrodynamic Instabilities Surfaces Interfaces 

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© The Korean Fiber Society 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas P. Russell
    • 1
    Email author
  • Zhiqun Lin
    • 1
  • Erik Schäffer
    • 2
    • 1
  • Ullrich Steiner
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Polymer Science and EngineeringUniversity of MassachusettsAmherst
  2. 2.Fakultaet Fuer PhysikUniversitaet KonstanzGermany
  3. 3.Department of Polymer ChemistryUniversity of GroningenThe Netherlands

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