The physics behind bursting bubbles (2 of 2)

Date:23 June 2010 Tags:,

A smaller, daughter bubble created by the rupture of a larger bubble ruptures on a much faster timescale and also forms a jet. This jet breaks up into micron-sized droplets which are propelled into the atmosphere at speeds exceeding 5 m/s. Therefore the rupture of a centimeter-sized bubble can lead to the aerosolisation of dozens of fine droplets into the atmosphere.

Credit: Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

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