Does water foam exist in microgravity?
H. Caps, G. Delon, N. Vandewalle, R.M. Guillermic,1, O. Pitois,2,3, A.L. Biance,3,4, L. Saulnier,5, P. Yazhgur,5, E. Rio,5, A. Salonen,5 and D. Langevin,5
GRASP, Université de Liège, Belgium
1 Institut de Physique, Université Rennes 1, CNRS, France
2 LPMDI, Université Paris Est, Marne-la-Vallée, CNRS, France
3 Institut Navier, Université Paris-Est, Champs-sur-Marne, France
4 LPMCN, Université Lyon 1, CNRS, France
5 LPS, Université Paris Sud 11, CNRS, France
Liquid foams are omnipresent in everyday life, but little is understood about their properties. On Earth, the liquid rapidly drains out of the foam because of gravity, leading to rupture of the thin liquid films between bubbles. Several questions arise: are liquid foams more stable in microgravity environments? Can pure liquids, such as water, form stable foams in microgravity whereas they do not on Earth? In order to answer these questions, we performed experiments both in parabolic flights and in the International Space Station.
© European Physical Society, EDP Sciences, 2014