Interfacial Phenomena

Photo of water drops with fishbone shape.

The "Fluid fishbone" formed by the collision of two jets of a glycerine-water solution. (Image courtesy of John W. M. Bush and Alexander E. Hasha.)


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Fall 2010



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This graduate-level course covers fluid systems dominated by the influence of interfacial tension. The roles of curvature pressure and Marangoni stress are elucidated in a variety of fluid systems. Particular attention is given to drops and bubbles, soap films and minimal surfaces, wetting phenomena, water-repellency, surfactants, Marangoni flows, capillary origami and contact line dynamics.

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John Bush. 18.357 Interfacial Phenomena. Fall 2010. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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