Bounding film drainage in common thin films

Coons, J. E. and Halley, P. J. and McGlashan, S. A. and Tran-Cong, T. (2005) Bounding film drainage in common thin films. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical Engineering Aspects, 263 (1-3). pp. 197-204. ISSN 0927-7757


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A review of thin film drainage models is presented in which the predictions of thinning
velocities and drainage times are compared to reported values on foam and emulsion films
found in the literature. Free standing films with tangentially immobile interfaces and suppressed electrostatic repulsion are considered, such as those studied in capillary cells.
The experimental thinning velocities and drainage times of foams and emulsions are shown to be bounded by predictions from the Reynolds and the theoretical MTsR equations. The semi-empirical MTsR and the surface wave equations were the most consistently accurate with all of the films considered. These results are used in an
accompanying paper to develop scaling laws that bound the critical film thickness of foam and emulsion films.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:19
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: thin films, thinning velocity, film drainage, scaling law, spontaneous rupture
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0904 Chemical Engineering > 090499 Chemical Engineering not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2005.01.009

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