Phenomena

Wrinkles on Collapsing Bubbles

Viscous Wrinkling of Non-Uniform Sheets poster.

As a bubble sitting on a pool collapses, wrinkles form around its edges. Visually, the result is quite similar to the wrinkles one gets on an elastic sheet. Unlike the solid sheet, though, the bubble’s film varies in thickness; we know this because of the fringes shown in the enlarged inset of the poster. Researchers are studying this non-uniformity to see whether it affects the number and shape of wrinkles that form on the bubble. (Image and research credit: O. McRae et al.)

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