Dynamic Criterion for Cavitation of Bubbles

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C. Dugué, D. H. Fruman

Groupe Phénomènes d’Interface, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées, 91120 Palaiseau, France

J.-Y. Billard, P. Cerrutti

Laboratoire d’Hydrodynamique, Ecole Navale, 29240 Brest Naval, France

J. Fluids Eng 114(2), 250-254 (Jun 01, 1992) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2910023 History: Received February 22, 1991; Online May 23, 2008


The classical criterion for cavitation of bubbles is based on the assumption that the bubbles are subjected to a quasi-steady pressure change and that the non condensible gas within the cavity behaves isothermally. No simple criterion accounting for the dynamic terms in the Rayleigh-Plesset equation is presently available. In this paper, a criterion for cavitation of bubbles, which takes into account the contribution of the dynamic terms in the Rayleigh-Plesset equation, is obtained and presented in a new useful form which allows rapid computation of the critical pressure whatever the fluid and the nuclei initial conditions are. The impact of these results on different flow situations are analyzed and discussed.

Copyright © 1992 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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