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Cracks in bursting soap films

  • J. Bico (a1)

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The rupture of soap films is traditionally described by a law accounting for a balance between momentum and surface tension forces, derived independently by Taylor and Culick in the 1960s. This law is highly relevant to the dynamics of thin liquid films of jets when viscous effects are negligible. However, the minute amounts of surfactant molecules present in soap films play a major role in interfacial rheology, and may result in complex behaviour. Petit et al. (J. Fluid Mech., vol. 774, 2015, R3) challenge standard thin film dynamics via intriguing experiments conducted with highly elastic surfactants. Unexpected structures reminiscent of faults are observed.

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