Technical Physics

, Volume 43, Issue 11, pp 1314–1317 | Cite as

Stability of a charged drop having the form of a triaxial ellipsoid

  • S. I. Shchukin
  • A. I. Grigor’ev
Gases and Fluids

Abstract

The stability of a highly charged, isolated conductive drop is analyzed within the principle of minimum potential energy of a closed system. A treatment of the stability of drops of ellipsoidal shape shows that both spherical drops and drops having an oblate spheroidal shape experience instability at sufficiently large charges according to a single scheme, i.e., they deform to a prolate spheroid.

Keywords

Potential Energy Closed System Prolate Ellipsoidal Shape Prolate Spheroid 
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© American Institute of Physics 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. I. Shchukin
    • 1
  • A. I. Grigor’ev
    • 1
  1. 1.Yaroslavl State UniversityYaroslavlRussia

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