Soap bubbles on a triangular prism frame

Soap bubbles on a triangular prism frame

A350/0171 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 25.7MB

Downloadable file size: 1,006.5KB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Credit: PAUL RAPSON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Soap bubbles on a triangular prism frame. Bubble films always attempt to occupy the minimum surface area when stretched between two lines, and they meet other films at straight lines. In this frame, three bubbles were blown into a frame in which the minimum surface area was attained. The presence of these bubbles has distorted its shape. Each end of the prism has a truncated tetrahedron, capped with a central triangular prism joining the two. The internal pressure of each bubble attempts to force it into a spherical shape, but tension from the frame bubbles tries to make them tetrahedral. The balance of forces leads to a combination of the two extremes, giving the bubbles curved sides.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: bubble, bubbles, curved, effects, film, frame, geometry, liquid, mathematical, mathematics, physical, physical effect, physics, pressure, soap, surface area, surface tension, tetrahedrons, tretrahedral, triangular prism

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.