Beverage Bubbles Bursting

Fizzy drinks like soda and champagne have many bubbles which rise to the surface before bursting. When the film separating the bubble and the air drains and bursts, it leaves a millimeter-sized cavity that collapses on itself. That collapse creates an upward jet of fluid which can break into tiny aerosol droplets that disperse the aroma and flavor of the drink. Similar bubble-bursting events occur in sea spray and industrial applications, too. Researchers find that droplet ejection depends on bubble geometry and fluid properties such as viscosity. More viscous liquids, for example, generate smaller and faster droplets. Learn more and see videos of bubble-bursts at Newswise. (Image credit: E. Ghabache et al.)

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