Volume 116, Number 4, November 2016
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Condensed Matter: Structural, Mechanical and Thermal Properties|
|Published online||09 January 2017|
Arresting bubble coarsening: A two-bubble experiment to investigate grain growth in the presence of surface elasticity
1 Université Paris-Sud, Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, UMR8502 - Orsay, F-91405, France
2 Université Paris Diderot–Paris 7 Matière et Systèmes Complexes (CNRS UMR 7057) - Bâtiment Condorcet, Case courrier 7056, F-75205 Paris Cedex 13, France
Received: 27 July 2016
Accepted: 12 December 2016
Many two-phase materials suffer from grain growth due to the energy cost which is associated with the interface that separates both phases. While our understanding of the driving forces and the dynamics of grain growth in different materials is well advanced by now, current research efforts address the question of how this process may be slowed down, or, ideally, arrested. We use a model system of two bubbles to explore how the presence of a finite surface elasticity may interfere with the coarsening process and the final grain size distribution. Combining experiments and modelling in the analysis of the evolution of two bubbles, we show that clear relationships can be predicted between the surface tension, the surface elasticity and the initial/final size ratio of the bubbles. We rationalise these relationships by the introduction of a modified Gibbs criterion. Besides their general interest, the present results have direct implications for our understanding of foam stability.
PACS: 68.03.Cd – Surface tension and related phenomena / 81.40.Cd – Solid solution hardening, precipitation hardening, and dispersion hardening; aging / 47.57.Bc – Foams and emulsions
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