The Physics of Foams

Paperback | September 15, 2001

byDenis Weaire, Stefan Hutzler

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Ordinary foams such as the head of a glass of beer and more exotic ones such as solid metallic foams raise many questions for the physicist and have attracted a substantial research community in recent years. The present book describes the results of extensive experiments, computer simulations, and theories in an authoritative yet informal style, making ample use of illustrations and photographs. As an introduction to the whole field of the physics of foams it puts a strong emphasis on liquids while alsoincluding solid foams. Simple, idealized models are adopted and their consequences explored. Specific topics include: structure, drainage, rheology, conductivity, and coarsening. A minimum of mathematics is used. Theory and experiment are described together at every stage. A guide to further readingis provided through carefully selected references.This is a complete and coherent introduction to the subject which no other modern text currently offers.

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Ordinary foams such as the head of a glass of beer and more exotic ones such as solid metallic foams raise many questions for the physicist and have attracted a substantial research community in recent years. The present book describes the results of extensive experiments, computer simulations, and theories in an authoritative yet info...

Denis Weaire is in the Physics Department, Trinity College, Dublin. Stefan Hutzler is in the Physics Department, Trinity College, Dublin.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:260 pages, 9.21 × 6.06 × 0.63 inPublished:September 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198510977

ISBN - 13:9780198510970

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Introduction2. Local equilibrium rules3. Foam structure4. Making foams5. Imaging and probing foam structure6. Simulation and modelling7. Coarsening8. Rheology9. Electrical conduction in a foam10. Equilibrium under gravity11. Drainage12. Foam collapse13. Ordered foams14. Some applications of liquid foams15. Some analogous physical systems16. Solid foams17. Some natural foams18. EnvoiAppendicesA. The shape of single soap films and bubblesB. The Theorem of LamarleC. Bubble ClustersD. The decoration theorumE. The conductivity formula of LemlichF. The drainage equationG. PhyllotaxisH. Simulation of liquid foamsI. BibliographyAppendices

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" ... the book represents a major advance. It is written in a pleasant style and is accessible to a wide population of physicists." Physics Today