Journal of Visualization

, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 269–271 | Cite as

Damping of liquid sloshing by foams: from everyday observations to liquid transport

  • J. Cappello
  • A. SauretEmail author
  • F. Boulogne
  • E. Dressaire
  • H. A. Stone
Short Paper


When a container is set in motion, the free surface of the liquid starts to slosh, i.e. oscillate. For a frequency of motion corresponding to the resonant frequency of the surface wave, the amplitude of the waves can increase significantly and if the amplitude of sloshing is large enough splashing and/or drop formation are possible (Ibrahim 2005; Faltinsen and Timokha 2009). The sloshing dynamics lead to challenging technical constraints in various applications. For example, sloshing leads to considerable pressure forces on the walls of the containers used for transport of oil and liquefied gas (Kim et al. 2007). Therefore, the characterization of the amplitude of the generated waves and the investigation of methods to damp sloshing such as solid foams (Chun et al. 2014) or baffles (Liu and Lin 2009) are important.

Such effects are also observed when a glass of coffee is handled carelessly and the fluid sloshes or even spills over the rims of the container (Mayer and...


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The authors thank Isabelle Cantat and Marie-Caroline Jullien for helpful discussions. This research was made possible in part by the CMEDS grant from BP/The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Cappello
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. Sauret
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • F. Boulogne
    • 1
  • E. Dressaire
    • 1
    • 4
  • H. A. Stone
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA
  2. 2.Ecole Normale Supérieure de CachanCachanFrance
  3. 3.Surface du Verre et InterfacesAubervilliersFrance
  4. 4.Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringNew York University Polytechnic School of EngineeringBrooklynUSA

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