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The coupling between foam viscoelasticity and interfacial rheology

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Abstract

We study the impact of interfacial rheology on the linear viscoelastic relaxations of disordered 3D foams. Their complex shear modulus G* = G′ + iG′′ is measured as a function of frequency, bubble size, liquid viscosity and surface dilatational modulus. We show that for foams with very rigid interfaces the variations of G* with frequency f between 1 and 100 Hz deviate from the behavior Image ID:c2sm26644j-t1.gif previously predicted as a generic consequence of topological disorder and observed for foams with mobile or moderately rigid interfaces. Our experiments demonstrate that the relaxations slow down as the bubble size or the foaming liquid viscosity increases. We show under which conditions, depending on the interfacial rigidity, the loss factor G′′/G′ can be collapsed on master curves by applying a scale factor to the frequency. The dependence of this scale factor on the bubble size and viscosity constitutes a robust criterion helping to identify the dominant dissipation mechanism.

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Submitted
16 Jul 2012
Accepted
24 Oct 2012
First published
19 Nov 2012

Soft Matter, 2013,9, 1100-1112
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Paper

The coupling between foam viscoelasticity and interfacial rheology

S. Costa, R. Höhler and S. Cohen-Addad, Soft Matter, 2013, 9, 1100
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM26644J

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