Microgravity studies of aqueous wet foams

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Abstract

Foams and foaming pose important questions and problems for both fundamental research and practical applications. Despite the fact that foams have been extensively studied, many aspects of foam physics and chemistry still remain unclear. Experiments on foams performed under microgravity can be extended far beyond their counterpart where gravity is fully present (i.e. most experiments on Earth). They allow, in particular, observation of the wet foams obtained during the foaming process; on Earth, foams at this stage evolve too quickly due to gravity drainage and cannot be studied. This paper reviews the existing studies of foams under microgravity, which include studies in parabolic flights, in sounding rockets and in the International Space Station.

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Keywords

Flowing Matter: Liquids and Complex Fluids 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratoire de Physique des SolidesUniversité Paris Sud 11OrsayFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Physique des Matériaux Divisés et des InterfacesUniversité Paris-Est Marne la ValléeMarne-la-Vallée Cedex 2France

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