2010

A rigid spherical particle floating on a liquid is a known problem with well-defined solutions. Under the combined effect of gravity and surface tension, the rigid particle deforms the liquid surface. However, in the case of a floating soft particle such as a liquid marble, not only the liquid surface but also the particle itself deforms. In this paper, we investigate the deformation of a floating liquid marble and characterise its height as well as aspect ratio. The experimental results show that theoretical models for a rigid spherical particle suit well for small liquid marbles. Larger marbles require an oblate liquid spheroid model. We will discuss the limitations of the two models and characterise the deformation of these marbles.