Capillary rise in foams under microgravity

H. Caps*, S. J. Cox, H. Decauwer, D. Weaire, N. Vandewalle

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The motion of liquid into a foam under low-gravity conditions is studied both experimentally and theoretically. The foam is confined to two dimensions in a Hele-Shaw cell and the liquid fraction measured by image analysis. The foam imbibition is shown to be a diffusive process. Two models are analysed, corresponding to the limits of rigid and mobile interfaces in the Plateau borders. Liquid fraction profiles are compared to experimental ones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-134
Number of pages4
JournalColloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jul 2005


  • Aerosols and foams
  • Emulsions and foams
  • Testing in microgravity environments


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