The dynamics of a topological change in a system of soap films

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dc.contributor.author Hutzler, Stefan
dc.contributor.author Saadatfar, M.
dc.contributor.author van der Net, Antje
dc.contributor.author Weaire, Denis
dc.contributor.author Cox, Simon
dc.date.accessioned 2008-03-27T16:25:03Z
dc.date.available 2008-03-27T16:25:03Z
dc.date.issued 2008-06-20
dc.identifier.citation Hutzler , S , Saadatfar , M , van der Net , A , Weaire , D & Cox , S 2008 , ' The dynamics of a topological change in a system of soap films ' Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects , vol 323 , no. 1-3 , pp. 123-131 . , 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2007.11.060 en
dc.identifier.issn 0927-7757
dc.identifier.other PURE: 76376
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/550
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/550
dc.description Hutzler, S., Saadatfar, M., van der Net, A., Weaire, D. and Cox, S.J. (2007) The dynamics of a topological change in a system of soap films. Coll. Surf. A, 323:123-131. Sponsorship: This research was supported by the European Space Agency (contracts 14914/02/NL/SH and 14308/00/NL/SH), Science Foundation Ireland. (RFP 05/REP/PHY00/6), and the EU program COST P21 (The Physics of droplets). SJC acknowledges support from EPSRC (EP/D071127/1). MS is supported by the Irish Higher Education Authority (PRTLI-IITAC). en
dc.description.abstract The study of soap films spanning wire frames continues to provide insight into both static and dynamic properties of foams. Experiments show that sufficiently small triangular faces shrink spontaneously, with their area varying with time as t^0.8. The growth of the Plateau border that emerges after the collapse of the triangular face is initially linear, followed by an oscillatory relaxation to the equilibrium length. Its initial growth rate decreases with the viscosity of the liquid. We also consider wire frames in the shape of n-sided prisms with regular polygonal ends, n >= 3, and employ experiments and computer simulations to examine the stability of soap film configurations within them. Spontaneous shrinking of small faces occurs in 4 and 5-sided prismoidal frames, while this instability is suppressed for n >= 6. en
dc.format.extent 9 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects en
dc.subject foams en
dc.subject emulsions and foams en
dc.subject surface-tension-driven instability en
dc.title The dynamics of a topological change in a system of soap films en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfa.2007.11.060
dc.contributor.institution Institute of Mathematics & Physics (ADT) en
dc.contributor.institution Mathematical Modelling of Structures, Solids and Fluids en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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