Structure and dynamics of breaking foams

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

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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
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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