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Wall shear stress from jetting cavitation bubbles

Zeng, Q., Gonzalez-Avila, S. R., Dijkink, R. , Koukouvinis, P. ORCID: 0000-0002-3945-3707, Gavaises, M. ORCID: 0000-0003-0874-8534 & Ohl, C-D. (2018). Wall shear stress from jetting cavitation bubbles. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 846, pp. 341-355. doi: 10.1017/jfm.2018.286


The collapse of a cavitation bubble near a rigid boundary induces a high-speed transient jet accelerating liquid onto the boundary. The shear flow produced by this event has many applications, examples of which are surface cleaning, cell membrane poration and enhanced cooling. Yet the magnitude and spatio-temporal distribution of the wall shear stress are not well understood, neither experimentally nor by simulations. Here we solve the flow in the boundary layer using an axisymmetric compressible volume-of-fluid solver from the OpenFOAM framework and discuss the resulting wall shear stress generated for a non-dimensional distance,γ = 1.0 (γ = h/Rmax, where h is the distance of the initial bubble centre to the boundary, and Rmax is the maximum spherical equivalent radius of the bubble). The calculation of the wall shear stress is found to be reliable once the flow region with constant shear rate in the boundary layer is determined. Very high wall shear stresses of 100 kPa are found during the early spreading of the jet, followed by complex flows composed of annular stagnation rings and secondary vortices. Although the simulated bubble dynamics agrees very well with experiments, we obtain only qualitative agreement with experiments due to inherent experimental challenges.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This article has been published in a revised form in Journal of Fluid Mechanics This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © 2018 Cambridge University Press.
Subjects: T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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