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A pendulum in a flowing soap film
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FIG. 1.

(a) Schematic of experimental setup: Soap solution at constant pressure head flows through a nozzle between two parallel nylon wires that are a width apart and over a length 1 m to form a soap film. An annular ring of external radius = 1.1 × 10 m hangs from a flexible string that is pivoted outside the soap film. (b) For a given flow rate, the pendulum exhibits oscillatory motion above a critical length . Multiple images of oscillations over several periods record the pendulum amplitude . (c) A longer pendulum exhibits more complex oscillations, such as one with a node as marked with the blue circle. (d) Velocity field superposed on raw images shows when it is vertical and (e) when it is at its extremal position (enhanced online). [URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4800057.1] [URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4800057.2]doi: 10.1063/1.4800057.1.

doi: 10.1063/1.4800057.2.

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FIG. 2.

Dimensionless critical length / vs. dimensionless ring radius / , (where is the smallest length of a fiber without an attached ring that spontaneously oscillates in a flow) at constant mass and flow rate, obtained experimentally (solid squares). The solid line corresponds to the best fit obtained from the first four points, with / = 1 + 1.2/ .

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FIG. 3.

(a) Dimensionless frequency ω/ω vs. dimensionless length / (bottom horizontal axis) when > ( = 1.48 × 10 kg). Experimental data are shown as solid circles and a fit based on Eq. (2) is shown as a solid line; ω = 9.44 s is the natural frequency for a gravity pendulum of length = 10. Top horizontal axis shows the regime when < , with the ring radius held constant at = 1.1 × 10 m while increasing mass by adding plasticine, with = π ρ being the mass of a disc of liquid of radius . Experiment (solid squares) and theory fit (dashed line) from Eq. (4) . (b) Dimensionless frequency ω/ω vs. rescaled velocity based on Eq. (4) in the added mass regime > & . Here ω = 19.08 s is the offset frequency corresponding to the mode where the ring oscillates around its pivot.

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FIG. 4.

Comparison between experimentally obtained angular dynamics shown with open circles (red) and the simple theory based on a driven oscillator model (solid black curve) given by Eq. (5) with the following parameters: = 0.12 × 10 kg, = 10 μm, = 1 m/s, = 5.5 × 10 m, γ = 80 s, = 1.1 × 10 m. The numerical curve is intentionally offset by Δθ = 0.1 for clarity.



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