Drainage of single Plateau borders: Direct observation of rigid and mobile interfaces

Stephan A. Koehler, Sascha Hilgenfeldt, Eric R. Weeks, Howard A. Stone

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Foam drainage varies with surfactant. We present direct measurements of the flow velocity profiles across single Plateau borders, which make up the interconnected channel-like network for liquid flow. For protein foams the interface is rigid, whereas small-surfactant foams show significant interfacial mobility. The results agree with a model that takes into account the shearing of the liquid-gas interface transverse to the flow direction. A significant consequence is that bubble size and liquid volume fraction in a foam affect the relative importance of surface rheology on the drainage behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 9 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability


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