Statistical mechanics of two-dimensional foams: Physical foundations of the model
Matière et Systèmes Complexes (MSC), UMR 7057 CNRS & Université Paris Diderot, 10 rue Alice Domon et Léonie Duquet, 75205, Paris Cedex 13, France
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Accepted: 4 December 2015
Published online: 28 December 2015
In a recent series of papers, a statistical model that accounts for correlations between topological and geometrical properties of a two-dimensional shuffled foam has been proposed and compared with experimental and numerical data. Here, the various assumptions on which the model is based are exposed and justified: the equiprobability hypothesis of the foam configurations is argued. The range of correlations between bubbles is discussed, and the mean-field approximation that is used in the model is detailed. The two self-consistency equations associated with this mean-field description can be interpreted as the conservation laws of number of sides and bubble curvature, respectively. Finally, the use of a “Grand-Canonical” description, in which the foam constitutes a reservoir of sides and curvature, is justified.
Key words: Soft Matter: Self-organisation and Supramolecular Assemblies
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