Bubble entrapment through topological change

Sigurdur T Thoroddsen, K. Takehara, T. G. Etoh

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When a viscousdrop impacts onto a solid surface, it entraps a myriad of microbubbles at the interface between liquid and solid. We present direct high-speed video observations of this entrapment. For viscousdrops, the tip of the spreading lamella is separated from the surface and levitated on a cushion of air. We show that the primary mechanism for the bubble entrapment is contact between this precursor sheet of liquid with the solid and not air pulled directly through cusps in the contact line. The sheet makes contact with the solid surface,forming a wetted patch, which grows in size, but only entraps a bubble when it meets the advancing contact line. The leading front of this wet patch can also lead to the localized thinning and puncturing of the liquid film producing strong splashing of droplets.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)051701
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 3 2010

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  • Condensed Matter Physics


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