Bursting bubble in a viscoplastic medium

Vatsal Sanjay, Detlef Lohse, Maziyar Jalaal

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When a rising bubble in a Newtonian liquid hits the liquid-air interface, it can burst, leading to the formation of capillary waves and a jet on the surface. Here, we numerically study this phenomenon in a yield stress fluid. We show how viscoplasticity controls the fate of these capillary waves and their interaction at the bottom of the cavity. Unlike Newtonian liquids, the free surface converges to a non-flat final equilibrium shape once the driving stresses inside the pool fall below the yield stress. Details of the dynamics, including the flow's energy budgets, are discussed. The work culminates in a regime map with four main regimes with different characteristic behaviours.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jan 2021


  • physics.flu-dyn
  • cond-mat.soft


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