Department of Physics Papers
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Physical Review Letters
Experiments are presented elucidating how the evolution of foam microstructure by gas diffusion from high to low pressure bubbles can significantly speed up the rate of gravitational drainage, and vice versa. This includes detailed data on the liquid-fraction dependence of the coarsening rate, and on the liquid-fraction and the bubble-size profiles across a sample. These results can be described by a “coarsening equation” for the increase of bubble growth rate for drier foams. Spatial variation of the average bubble size and liquid fraction can also affect the growth and drainage rates.
© 2002 American Physical Society. You can view the original article at: https://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.88.088304
Vera, M. U., & Durian, D. J. (2002). Enhanced Drainage and Coarsening in Aqueous Foams. Physical Review Letters, 88 (8), 088304-1-088304-4. http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.88.088304
Date Posted: 13 October 2017
This document has been peer reviewed.
At the time of publication, author Douglas J. Durian was affiliated with University of California, Los Angeles. Currently, he is a faculty member at the Physics Department at the University of Pennsylvania.