Structure and dynamics of breaking foams

G. D. Burnett, J. J. Chae, W. Y. Tam, Rita M C De Almeida, Michael Tabor

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Abstract

Experimental results are presented for the relaxation of a two dimensional soap foam in which wall breakage is initiated through gentle warming of the foam cell. Significantly different phenomenology from the relaxation of nonbreaking foams is observed. At a critical "break time," which depends on the temperature ramping rate and initial conditions, a large scale mechanical cascade of wall rupture sets in, leading to a rapid disintegration of the foam. In the cascade regime, whose behavior is essentially independent of the ramping rate, a dynamical scaling behavior, associated with the distribution of cell edge lengths, is proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5788-5796
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Volume51
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995

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Dynamical Behavior
Initial conditions
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  • Condensed Matter Physics
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Structure and dynamics of breaking foams. / Burnett, G. D.; Chae, J. J.; Tam, W. Y.; De Almeida, Rita M C; Tabor, Michael.

In: Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, Vol. 51, No. 6, 1995, p. 5788-5796.

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Burnett, G. D. ; Chae, J. J. ; Tam, W. Y. ; De Almeida, Rita M C ; Tabor, Michael. / Structure and dynamics of breaking foams. In: Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics. 1995 ; Vol. 51, No. 6. pp. 5788-5796.
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