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Cavitation Inception in Immersed Jet Shear Flows

Lockett, R. D., Ndamuso, N. & Price, R. (2015). Cavitation Inception in Immersed Jet Shear Flows. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 656(1), article number 012090. doi: 10.1088/1742-6596/656/1/012090


Cavitation inception occurring in immersed jets was investigated in a purpose-built mechanical flow rig. The rig utilized custom-built cylindrical and conical nozzles to direct high-velocity jets of variable concentration n-octane-hexadecane mixtures into a fused silica optically accessible receiver. The fluid pressure upstream and down-stream of the nozzles were manually controlled. The study employed a variety of acrylic and metal nozzles. The results show that the critical upstream pressure to downstream pressure ratio for incipient cavitation decreases with increasing n-octane concentration for the cylindrical nozzles, and increases with increasing n-octane concentration for the conical nozzle.

Publication Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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