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Effect of Surface Tension Variations on the Pinch-Off Behavior of Small Fluid Drops in the Presence of Surfactants

By Matthieu Roché, Mounir Aytouna, Daniel Bonn and Hamid Kellay

Abstract

International audienceIt is shown experimentally that surfactants can change the thinning rate of fluid necks undergoing rupture. In the case of two-fluid pinch-off, two or three linear regimes are observed for the variation of the neck radius versus time. The surface tension in the neck region changes with time, as a result of surfactant depletion. Similar results are obtained for the case of a single fluid pinching in air. The depletion of surfactant can be either partial or complete depending on the rate of transport of the surfactant from the bulk to the surface

Topics: PACS: 47.20.Dr, 47.20.Gv, 47.57.Ng, 82.70.Uv, [PHYS.COND.CM-SCM] Physics [physics]/Condensed Matter [cond-mat]/Soft Condensed Matter [cond-mat.soft], [PHYS.PHYS.PHYS-FLU-DYN] Physics [physics]/Physics [physics]/Fluid Dynamics [physics.flu-dyn]
Publisher: American Physical Society
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.103.264501
OAI identifier: oai:HAL:hal-00670463v1
Provided by: Hal-Diderot
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