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Propagation of a transverse wave on a foam microchannel

By Caroline Derec, Valentin Leroy, Dimitri Kaurin, Louise Arbogast, Cyprien Gay and Florence Elias


In a foam, soap films meet by three in the liquid micro channels, called Plateau borders, which contain most of the liquid of the foam. We investigated here the transverse vibration of a single Plateau border isolated on a rigid frame. We measured and we computed numerically and analytically the propagation of a transverse pulse along the channel in the 20-2000 Hz frequency range. The dispersion relation shows different scaling regimes, which provide information on the role of inertial, elastic and viscous forces acting on the Plateau border: at low frequency, the dispersion relation is dominated by the vibration of the deformed soap films and the displacement of the surrounding air, and the Plateau border behaves as the free border of a soap film. The inertia of the liquid in the Plateau border plays a role at high frequency, the critical frequency separating the low frequency and the high frequency regimes being a decreasing function of the width R of the Plateau border

Topics: [ PHYS.COND.CM-SCM ] Physics [physics]/Condensed Matter [cond-mat]/Soft Condensed Matter [cond-mat.soft]
Publisher: HAL CCSD
Year: 2015
OAI identifier: oai:HAL:hal-01182587v1
Provided by: Hal-Diderot

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