A Photographic Study of Spark-Induced Cavitation Bubble Collapse

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C. L. Kling

Nuclear Engineering Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Combustion Engineering, Inc., Windsor, Conn.

F. G. Hammitt

Cavitation and Multiphase Flow Laboratory, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.

J. Basic Eng 94(4), 825-832 (Dec 01, 1972) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3425571 History: Received July 01, 1970; Revised December 20, 1971; Online October 27, 2010


The collapse of spark-induced cavitation bubbles in a flowing system was studied by means of high speed photography. The migration of cavitation bubbles toward a nearby solid boundary during collapse and rebound was observed. Near its minimum volume the bubble typically formed a high speed microjet, which struck the nearby surface causing individual damage craters on soft aluminum.

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