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How to measure the thickness of a lubrication film in a pancake bubble with a single snapshot?

Atasi, Omer and Haut, Benoit and Dehaeck, Sam and Dewandre, Adrien and Legendre, Dominique and Scheid, Benoit How to measure the thickness of a lubrication film in a pancake bubble with a single snapshot? (2018) Applied Physics Letters, 113 (17). 173701. ISSN 0003-6951

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5051057


In the in-line bright-field image of a pancake-like bubble, a ring-shaped zone of maximum intensity is visible, called the glare ring. It is due to multiple interactions of light with the bubble interface. In this study, we develop a method to measure the thickness of the lubrication film around a pancake-like bubble translating inside a microchannel, based on the location of this glare ring. By means of ray tracing, a correlation is proposed to relate the film thickness to the location of the glare ring with respect to the bubble edge and to the ratio of refractive indices of the inner and outer phases. This makes the method also applicable to inviscid pancake drops. Additionally, for static bubbles, the method can be used to measure the depth of a microchannel. For moving bubbles, pro- vided the speed of the bubble is also measured, the method can be used to measure surface tension or viscosity. Finally, the method can also be extended to viscous drops, provided the shape function of the interface is adapted

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-02094314
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université Libre de Bruxelles - ULB (BELGIUM)
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Deposited On:27 Mar 2019 17:12

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