Interactions of fibres with simple arrangements of soap films

David Whyte, Benjamin Haffner, Atsushi Tanaka, Tuomo Hjelt, Stefan Hutzler

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    We present experiments and Surface Evolver simulations concerning the interaction of fibres with simple arrangements of soap films, which constitute model systems for dry foams. For a fibre inserted into a soap film which spans two Plateau borders, our simulation accurately predicts the variation in the length of the film as the fibre width is varied. For a fibre introduced into a Plateau border, simulations accurately predict the variation in length of the Plateau border as the fibre diameter is varied, and as it is moved. We suggest that the force necessary to move the fibre from its equilibrium position may act to inhibit foam coarsening, in line with previous observations from experiments on fibre-laden foams.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)112-119
    JournalColloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects
    Early online date2017
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2017
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • fibre
    • foam
    • soap films
    • surface evolver


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