Friday, June 19, 2015

Surface tension draws bubbles into spheres, but the balance of...



Surface tension draws bubbles into spheres, but the balance of forces holding the sphere together is delicate. When pierced by a projectile, sometimes soap films can heal themselves, but often the film ruptures. Once a hole forms in the bubble, the film’s integrity is lost. Instead of holding the bubble together, surface tension pulls the soap film apart in a spray of thread-like ligaments that break into droplets. In the blink of an eye, the bubble is gone. (Image credit: W. Horton)

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