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Title:Equation of state of foam
Author(s):Aref, Hassan; Vainchtein, Dmitri L.
Subject(s):Foam State
Abstract:The equation of state of a dry foam with ideal gas in the bubbles, proposed by Ross, is proved. This equation suggests that a foam with a free boundary will expand to a maximum volume if the external pressure is lowered at constant temperature. The same foam enclosed in a container, on the other hand, can be expanded further but, as the volume is increased, will eventually become unstable. We speculate that this instability leads to a 'bubble differentiation' transition of the kind observed by Herdtle in numerical simulations of two-dimensional foam with ideal gas in the bubbles. In the simulations the foam separated into two 'phases' , one with a large number of small bubbles, another with a small number of very large bubbles.
Issue Date:1999-05
Publisher:Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. College of Engineering. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Series/Report:TAM R 906
Genre:Technical Report
Sponsor:NASA NAG 3-2122
Rights Information:Copyright 1999 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-11-04

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