Letter: Entrapment and interaction of an air bubble with an oscillating cavitation bubble

Kannan, Y S and Karri, Badarinath and Sahu, Kirti Chandra (2018) Letter: Entrapment and interaction of an air bubble with an oscillating cavitation bubble. Physics of Fluids, 30 (4). 041701. ISSN 1070-6631

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Abstract

The mechanism of the formation of an air bubble due to an oscillating cavitation bubble in its vicinity is reported from an experimental study using high-speed imaging. The cavitation bubble is created close to the free surface of water using a low-voltage spark circuit comprising two copper electrodes in contact with each other. Before the bubble is created, a third copper wire is positioned in contact with the free surface of water close to the two crossing electrodes. Due to the surface tension at the triple point (wire-water-air) interface, a small dip is observed in the free surface at the point where the wire is immersed. When the cavitation bubble is created, the bubble pushes at the dip while expanding and pulls at it while collapsing. The collapse phase leads to the entrapment of an air bubble at the wire immersion point. During this phase, the air bubble undergoes a "catapult" effect, i.e., it expands to a maximum size and then collapses with a microjet at the free surface. To the best of our knowledge, this mechanism has not been reported so far. A parametric study is also conducted to understand the effects of wire orientation and bubble distance from the free surface. Published by AIP Publishing.

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Karri, BadarinathUNSPECIFIED
Sahu, Kirti Chandrahttp://orcid.org/0000-0002-7357-1141
Item Type: Article
Subjects: Materials Engineering > Materials engineering
Divisions: Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 03 May 2018 06:21
Last Modified: 03 May 2018 06:21
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/3899
Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.1063/1.5025122
OA policy: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/1070-6631/
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