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dc.contributor.authorLiu, Xinan
dc.contributor.authorDiorio, James
dc.contributor.authorDuncan, James
dc.descriptionThis video shows slow-motion movie sequencies of waves breaking in clean water and in water with surfactant.en_US
dc.description.abstractMechanically generated weakly breaking waves were studied experimentally in clean water and water with a soluble surfactant whose bulk concentration was above the Critical Micelle Concentration (CMC). For the surfactant case, the breaker, which forms a surface-tension-dominated spilling breaker in clean water (wave frequencies 1.42 to 1.15 Hz, see Duncan et al. Journal of Fluid Mechanics Vol. 379, pp. 191-222, 1999), ranges from a spiller at the highest frequency to an overturning wave with a plunging micro-jet at the lowest frequency. This behavior is consistent with that of a wave in a pure liquid with a lower surface tension rather than a wave in water with a surfactant monolayer at concentrations below the CMC. The analysis of the geometrical characteristics of the breaking surface generated by the jet impact on the front face of the wave crest indicates a patch of more violent turbulence than would be present without the surfactant. Further detail can be found in "Weakly Breaking Waves in the Presence of Surfactant Micelles", X. Liu, J. H. Duncan, Physical Review E, Vol. 76, No. 6, December, 2007.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNational Science Foundation, Division of Ocean Sciences, grant OCE OCE0221335en_US
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dc.titleSpilling Breakers and Surfactantsen_US
dc.typevideo/moving imageen_US

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