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A benchmark experiment on gas cavitation

Research paper by Franz Peters, Rene Honza

Indexed on: 20 Jul '14Published on: 20 Jul '14Published in: Experiments in Fluids



Abstract

Cavitation research is often a matter of experiments conducted in complex machinery. There, it is extremely difficult to look into one of the most important issues of cavitation which is nucleation. This work investigates gas cavitation under well-defined flow conditions. Nuclei are placed in wall bound cavities and are exposed to a radial gap flow featuring independent pressure and shear stress. A reciprocating bubble generation is achieved. Bubble frequency and size are evaluated which turn out to depend on pressure and wall shear stress. The experiment lends itself to systematic research in cavitation.