Séminaire PMMH - Olivier Devauchelle (IPGP, Paris)

Vendredi 13 mai 11:00-12:00 - Salle réunion PMMH 1

Swimming in a wave field

When a bath of silicon oil vibrates vertically, a droplet of the same oil can bounce indefinitely on its surface [1]. As it does so, it generates a Faraday wave around itself, which then pushes the droplet across the surface. Guided by this wave, the droplet interacts with its own trajectory, with the boundaries, or with other bouncing droplets. This coupling has inspired a variety of models, from discrete dynamics, to detailed numerical simulations of the entire flow. We propose a generic, continuous model which suggests that the behavior of the bouncing droplet does not hinge on the idiosyncrasies of the Faraday wave [2]. Based on this observation, we draw an analogy with an unusual water sport often referred to as "gunwale bobbing" [3]. The point of this delicate art is to propel a watercraft, often a canoe, by making its hull oscillate vertically. We argue that the thrust thus induced results from the wave field that the canoe radiates---just like a bouncing droplet walks in response to its own wave.

[1] https://doi.org/10.1088/0953-8984/17/45/044
[2] https://doi.org/10.5802/crmeca.29
[3] https://arxiv.org/abs/2201.01533