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Investigation of the ultrasound-induced collapse of air bubbles near soft materials.

Shams, A., Bidi, S. & Gavaises, M. ORCID: 0000-0003-0874-8534 (2024). Investigation of the ultrasound-induced collapse of air bubbles near soft materials.. Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, 102, article number 106723. doi: 10.1016/j.ultsonch.2023.106723


A numerical investigation into the ultrasound-induced collapse of air bubbles near soft materials, utilizing a novel multi-material diffuse interface method (DIM) model with block-structured adaptive mesh refinement is presented. The present work expands from a previous five-equation DIM by incorporating Eulerian hyperelasticity. The model is applicable to any arbitrary number of interacting fluid and solid material. A single conservation law for the elastic stretch tensor enables tracking the deformations for all the solid materials. A series of benchmark cases are conducted, and the solution is found to be in excellent agreement against theoretical data. Subsequently, the ultrasound-induced bubble-tissue flow interactions are examined. The bubble radius was found to play a crucial role in dictating the stresses experienced by the tissue, underscoring its significance in medical applications. The results reveal that soft tissues primarily experience tensile forces during these interactions, suggesting potential tensile-driven injuries that may occur in relevant treatments. Moreover, regions of maximal tensile forces align with tissue elongation areas. It is documented that while early bubble dynamics remain relatively unaffected by changes in shear modulus, at later stages of the penetration processes and the deformation shapes, exhibit notable variations. Lastly, it is demonstrated that decreasing standoff distances enhances the interaction between bubbles and tissue, thereby increasing the stress levels in the tissue, although the behavior of the bubble dynamics remains largely unchanged.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons CC-BY license, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Publisher Keywords: Fluid-structure interaction, Eulerian hyperelasticity, Ultrasounds, Bubble dynamics, Cavitation, Diffuse interface model
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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