Foams built up by non-Newtonian polymeric solutions: Free drainage

© 2016 Elsevier B.V.A mathematical model of free drainage of foam built up by a power-law non-Newtonian liquid is developed. The theory predictions are compared with the experimental data on the drainage of foams formed using commercially available Aculyn™22 and Aculyn™33 polymeric solutions. The rheological parameters of the polymeric solutions were independently measured and used in the calculations. The deduced dimensionless equations were solved using finite element method with appropriate boundary conditions. The numerical simulations show that the decrease in the foam height and liquid content is very fast in the very beginning of the drainage; however, it reaches a steady state at longer time. The predicted values of the time evolution of the foam height and liquid content are in good agreement with the measured experimental data.