Drop impact onto a cantilever beam: behavior of the lamella and force measurement

Huanchen Chen, Xurui Zhang, Beatriz Defez Garcia, Anastasios Georgoulas, Marin Deflorin, Qingxia Liu, Marco Marengo, Zhenghe Xu, Alidad Amirfazli

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In this work, the process of drop impact onto an elastic surface (a cantilever beam) was studied. Different from previous studies which typically focused on the behavior of the elastic surface (e.g., deformation and oscillation), the focus of this work is to examine the behavior of the resulting lamella during the impact. It was found that the maximum contact diameter of the lamella in an elastic impact compared to impact onto a ridged surface is significantly smaller (e.g., 17% for impact at 2 m/s). The results were explained through an analysis of impact energy and the stored elastic energy in the beam. In this work, we also demonstrated how to use a cantilever beam to measure maximum drop impact force. It was found that a large natural frequency of the cantilever beam is needed for the maximum force measurement to produce acceptable values.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-96
Number of pages12
JournalInterfacial Phenomena and Heat Transfer
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Cantilever
  • Drop impact
  • Impact force
  • Lamella
  • Spreading


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