Effects of surfactants on wave induced drainage of foam and emulsion films

Sharma, A. ; Ruckenstein, E. (1988) Effects of surfactants on wave induced drainage of foam and emulsion films Colloid & Polymer Science, 266 (1). pp. 60-69. ISSN 0303-402X

Full text not available from this repository.

Official URL: http://www.springerlink.com/content/p3g6170x6t76gk...

Related URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF01451533


It is well established that the plane-parallel models of foam and emulsion films underestimate the velocity of film thinning by up to several orders of magnitude and show an incorrect dependence of thinning velocity on film radius. A new theory of film thinning has been previously formulated for tangentially immobile films [12, 13], and shows that the reason for this discrepancy is the neglect of experimentally observed finite amplitude surface waves. For thin films of relatively large radii (> 1o−2 cm), the pumping of the fluid generated by oscillations of the surface waves, provides the dominant contribution to film thinning velocity. The present hydrodynamic model includes the effects of surfactants (Marangoni-Gibbs-effect, surface viscosity and surface diffusion) and surface waves on thinning velocity. As in the case of a tangentially immobile film, it is concluded that the thinning velocity varies inversely with less than the first power of the film radius, and not with the square of the film radius, as predicted by the plane-parallel models of thin film. Also, the velocity of thinning is found to be up to several orders of magnitudes larger than that evaluated from the plane-parallel models. The influence of waves in enhancing the thinning velocity is found to be most significant for a tangentially immobile film and this effect decreases by a factor of up to 3, with a decrease in surface elasticity and surface viscosity.

Item Type:Article
Source:Copyright of this article belongs to Springer.
Keywords:F̲ilm Thinning Velocity; S̲urfactants; I̲nterfacial Mobility; S̲urface Waves
ID Code:46873
Deposited On:06 Jul 2011 06:28
Last Modified:06 Jul 2011 06:28

Repository Staff Only: item control page