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Perturbation Effects in Cavitation Bubble Dynamics


Rattray, Maurice (1951) Perturbation Effects in Cavitation Bubble Dynamics. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/NJDD-ZN16.


Previous theoretical investigations of cavitation bubble dynamics have failed to consider the effect of a nearby wall or of translatory motion of the bubble. It is shown that these effects are not small, but actually the analysis based on this assumption finally breaks down due to the large deformation of the bubble in the later stages of collapse. However, as the major portion of the time of collapse is spent in the low velocity motion, a meaningful time of collapse is obtained which, for the case of a bubble against a wall, is 20% longer than in the symmetric case. This agrees with the experiments performed in the Hydrodynamics Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. The time of collapse is not appreciably affected by a translatory motion of the bubble of the magnitude encountered in the above experiments.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:(Physics and Mathematics)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
Major Option:Physics
Minor Option:Mathematics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Plesset, Milton S.
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1951
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-04242009-141438
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ID Code:1493
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Deposited On:24 Apr 2009
Last Modified:04 May 2023 17:24

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