S. Hutzler, D. Weaire, S. J. Cox, A. van der Net and E. Janiaud, Pre-empting Plateau: The nature of topological transitions in foam, Europhysics Letters, 77, 2007, 28002-p1 - 28002-p5
Europhysics Letters; 77;
When the area of a face in a dry foam approaches zero in some quasistatic processes,
Plateau’s rules dictate that there must be an instability. This is more subtle than generally
supposed.We argue that it is generally pre-empted, that is, the instability arises before an unstable
multiple vertex is formed. Experiments and calculations which simulate Plateau’s wire frame
experiments support this view.
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