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Hydrodynamics experiments with soap films and soap bubbles: A short review of recent experiments

H. Kellay

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In this short review, I focus on recent experiments that benefit from the advantages offered by the two-dimensionality of the flow in suspended thin liquid films to reconsider hydrodynamics problems which have resisted a full understanding. The first problem discussed here concerns friction drag in channel flows. The use of turbulent channel flows, using thin liquid films, allows measurements of friction drag as well as mean velocity profiles for flows with different spectral exponents. Is there a link between the spectral properties of the turbulence and the mean velocity profiles or the frictional drag? This is the first question considered. The second issue examined considers the long time dynamics of large scale vortices. These are obtained in half bubbles rendered “turbulent” through thermal convection. These vortices, which live in a quasi two-dimensional environment, have a long time dynamics where their vorticity goes through what seems to be a well-defined cycle with generic features.
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hal-01653622 , version 1 (01-12-2017)

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H. Kellay. Hydrodynamics experiments with soap films and soap bubbles: A short review of recent experiments. Physics of Fluids, 2017, 29 (11), pp.111113 (1-10). ⟨10.1063/1.4986003⟩. ⟨hal-01653622⟩

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