Water droplet avalanches

Britton Plourde, Franco Nori, Michael Bretz

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We analyze the statistics of water droplet avalanches in a continuously driven system. Distributions are obtained for avalanche size, lifetime, and time between successive avalanches, along with power spectra and return maps. For low flow rates and different wave viscosities, we observe a power-law scaling in the size and lifetime distributions of water droplet avalanches, indicating that a state with no characteristic time and length scales was reached. Higher flow rates resulted in an exponential behavior with characteristic scales.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2749-2752
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number17
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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