Familiar Results, Famous Papers (Summer 2007)

The goal of the 2007 Summer Reading Group was to spend some time reading in detail (and understanding) some of the classic papers and results that are often quoted at meetings or in publications. Many times the person doing the quoting probably hasn’t read the original paper himself or herself and some of the subtleties and caveats that usually go along with the original result.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Einstein’s result for Viscosity of Dilute Suspension of Spheres
Presented by Fang Xu |  Download


  • Albert Einstein, A new determination of molecular dimensions, Annalen der Physik, 19, 289-306, 1906; corrections, 34: 591-592, 1911.

​Monday, June 18, 2007

Batchelor’s Result for Extensional Viscosity of Dilute Suspension of Rods
Presented by Chris Pipe  Download


  • G. K. Batchelor, The stress generated in a non-dilute suspension of elongated particles by pure straining motion, Journal of Fluid Mechanics 46, 813-829, 1971.

​Friday, June 22, 2007

Hadamard-Rybcinzski Result for Rise Velocity of Drops and Bubbles
Presented by Philipp Erni  Download


  • J. Hadamard, H. Pointcare, Steady slow motion of a liquid and viscous sphere in a viscous liquid, Comptes rendus de l'Académie des Sciences, 152, 1753-1738, 1911.
  • G. K. Batchelor, An Introduction to Fluid Dynamics, pg. 235, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1973.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Rayleigh’s Result for Breakup of an Inviscid Jet
Presented by Pradipto Bhattacharjee  Download


  • Lord Rayleigh, On the capillary phenomena of jets, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, 29, 71-97, 1879.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Rayleigh’s Result for Effects of Viscosity on the Breakup of a Jet
Presented by Trush Majmudar  Download


  • Lord Rayleigh, On the instability of a cylinder of viscous liquid under capillary force, Philosophical Magazine, XXXIV, 145-154, 1892.

​Friday, July 13, 2007

Matovich and Pearson: Viscoelastic Jets and Threads
Presented by Matthieu Varagnat  Download


  • M. A. Matovich, J. R. A. Pearson, Spinning a molten threadling, I and EC Fundamentals, 8, 512-520, 1969.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Guth and Gold Relationship (and Higher Order Terms/Aspect Ratio) for Effective Modulus of Composites
Presented by Shawna Liff  Download


  • E. Guth, Theory of Filler Reinforcement, Journal of Applied Physics, 16, 20-25, 1945.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Rouse’s Paper on Dilute Solution Viscoelasticity
Presented by Randy Ewoldt  Download

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Bonus Seminar: Peter Winter's Summer Report  Download

Friday, August 17, 2007

The Clausius-Mossotti Relationship for Dipolar Force between Two Point Spheres
Presented by Jason Rich  Download


  • R. Clausius, Die Mechanische Wärmetheorie, 2, 62 – 97, 1879.
  • O. F. Mossotti, Memorie di Matematica e di Fisica della Società Italiana delle Scienze, 24, Part 2, p. 49, 1850.

Tuesday, August 29, 2007

Sydney Goldstein: The No Slip Boundary Condition in Fluids
Presented by Wonjae Choi  Download


  • Modern developments in fluid dynamics; an account of theory and experiment relating to boundary layers, turbulent motion and wakes, Fluid Motion Panel of the Aeronautical Research Committee and others, Oxford, The Clarendon Press, 1938.