Researchers test the science behind blowing bubbles

The science behind a common childhood activity has been unearthed by researchers at NYU. Through a series of experiments, NYU’s Applied Math Lab has found two methods to the science of blowing bubbles. Both involve the combination of wind and a soap film to create the force needed to stretch the film.

The findings of these experiments have the potential to provide practical value in consumer products such as sprays, foams, and emulsions. The experiments tackle a physics problem in how a liquid film interacts with an external fluid (which is air in this case). Understanding this interaction is important in the attempts to enhance industrial production of chemical products.

The researchers were able to collaborate using NYSERNet’s R&E network.

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