Free-rising bubbles bounce stronger from mobile than immobile water-air interfaces
KAUST DepartmentHigh-Speed Fluids Imaging Laboratory
Mechanical Engineering Program
Physical Science and Engineering (PSE) Division
Online Publication Date2020-05-07
Print Publication Date2020-06-02
Embargo End Date2021-05-08
Permanent link to this recordhttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/662820
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AbstractRecently it was reported that interface mobility of bubbles and emulsion droplets can have a dramatic effect not only on the characteristic coalescence times, but also on the way bubbles and droplets bounce back after collision [Sci. Adv. 2019, 5, eaaw4292]. Experiments with free-rising bubbles in a pure perfluorocarbon liquid showed that collisions involving mobile interfaces result in stronger series of rebounds before the eventual rapid coalescence. Here we examine this effect for the case of pure water. We compare the bounce of millimeter-size free-rising bubbles from a pure water-air interface with the bounce from a water-air interface on which a Langmuir monolayer of arachidic acid molecules has been deposited. The Langmuir monolayer surface concentration is kept low enough not to affect the water surface tension, but at the same time it is high enough to fully immobilize the interface due to Marangoni stress effects. Bubbles were found to bounce much stronger (up to a factor of 1.8 increase in the rebounding distance) from the clean water interface compared to the water interface with the Langmuir monolayer. These experiments confirm that mobile surfaces enhance bouncing and at the same time demonstrate that the pure water-air interfaces behave as a mobile fluid interfaces in our system. A complimentary finding in our study is that ethanol-air interface behaves as a robust mobile liquid interface. The experimental findings are supported by numerical simulations of the bubble bouncing from both mobile and immobile fluid interfaces.
CitationVakarelski, I. U., Yang, F., & Thoroddsen, S. T. (2020). Free-rising bubbles bounce stronger from mobile than immobile water-air interfaces. Langmuir. doi:10.1021/acs.langmuir.0c00668
SponsorsWe acknowledge the use of the Gerris solver in our investigation. The experimental and computational work was supported by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) under grant URF/1/3723-01-01.
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society (ACS)