Breakthrough in bubble research at Bath

Ruggero Gabbrielli (University of Bath) has developed a new technique for mathematically modeling the structure of foam. Photo credit: Ruggero Gabbrielli (created using Javaview)A researcher from the University of Bath has found a new approach to an old geometric problem of modeling the most efficient way of packing shapes to form a foam.

The discovery is not only making waves in the mathematical world, but could also lead to medical advances in creating hip replacements and replacement bone tissue for bone cancer patients.

The ‘Kelvin problem’, posed by Lord Kelvin in 1887, was to find the most efficient way of splitting space into cells of equal volume with the least area of surface between them.

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