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Coupled vibrations of a meniscus and liquid films

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 December 2015

Jacopo Seiwert
Institut de Physique de Rennes, UMR 6251 CNRS/Université Rennes 1, Campus Beaulieu, Bâtiment 11A, 35042 Rennes Cedex, France
Juliette Pierre
Institut de Physique de Rennes, UMR 6251 CNRS/Université Rennes 1, Campus Beaulieu, Bâtiment 11A, 35042 Rennes Cedex, France
Benjamin Dollet*
Institut de Physique de Rennes, UMR 6251 CNRS/Université Rennes 1, Campus Beaulieu, Bâtiment 11A, 35042 Rennes Cedex, France
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We investigate the vibration properties of a circular horizontal film that is bounded by a meniscus (or Plateau border) and suspended between two catenary films. The suspending films act as capillary springs, and the system is thus free to oscillate around its equilibrium position. We study its free and forced oscillations. In our experiments, we track simultaneously the positions of the Plateau border and the film. The model that we present predicts the eigenfrequency of the system and its resonance characteristics (in forced oscillations). In particular, we show that the dynamics of both the Plateau border and the film have to be taken into account in order to provide an accurate prediction of the oscillation frequency.

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