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Some Experiments in Cavitation Bubble Dynamics


Fabula, Andrew George (1958) Some Experiments in Cavitation Bubble Dynamics. Engineer's thesis, California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/942V-N588.


Observations of the shape distortion during collapse of individual cavitation bubbles with maximum radii of about 0.5 to 1 cm have been made for collapse times of three to fourteen milliseconds; these observations are compared with theory. The bubbles were produced in superheated water and photographed at 3000 or 5000 frames per second. Growth was triggered by electrolysis and collapse was produced by pressurization. The distortions of bubble shape from spherical were found to be fairly well predicted by the theory of M. Rattray, when his perturbation parameter was adapted in a simple manner to the conditions used. A large variation in the collapse noise, due to bubble distortion caused by translational velocity, was observed to occur over the range of conditions tested.

Item Type:Thesis (Engineer's thesis)
Subject Keywords:(Aeronautical Engineering)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Aeronautics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Plesset, Milton S.
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1958
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-09222004-134550
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ID Code:3684
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Deposited On:23 Sep 2004
Last Modified:16 Oct 2023 18:48

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