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Data from: The Electric Honeycomb; an investigation of the Rose window instability

Citation

Niazi, Muhammad S. (2017), Data from: The Electric Honeycomb; an investigation of the Rose window instability, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.q680n

Abstract

The Rose-window instability is a little-explored electrohydrodynamic instability that manifests when a layer of low-conducting oil is placed in an electric field generated by corona discharge in a point-toplane configuration. Above a critical voltage, the instability starts as a single dimple in the oil layer right below the point electrode and subsequently evolves into a characteristic pattern of polygonal cells. In this study we experimentally explore governing parameters that guide the instability and document geometric attributes of the characteristic cellular pattern. The driving force for the instability has been attributed to the buildup of charged ions which in-turn apply an electric pressure on the oil surface. We confirm the charged surface distribution using thermal imaging and demonstrate that the instability can be locally inhibited by preventing charge buildup under an ion shadow.

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