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The mathematics of soap films: show me the (shortest) way to go home

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18:30 – 18:30 8 Dec 2010
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The Foster Cinema, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE

Speakers: Dr Simon Cox

A soap film is a minimal surface, that is, it has zero mean curvature.
This provides a route to predicting the shape of a soap film with a given boundary (Plateau’s problem). But, as Plateau observed, a film also minimises its surface area, a procedure that is more straightforward to implement numerically. Simon will discuss (and demonstrate) this minimisation principle and show how it can be used to find optimal networks and, with the addition of volume constraints (bubbles), to solve packing problems and predict the flow of foams in situations of industrial importance such as oil extraction.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: IOP Lancashire and Cumbria Branch
Contact details: Louise Butcher
Email: louise.butcher@iop.org

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The Foster Cinema, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE
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18:30 – 18:30 8 Dec 2010
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