Optimum bubble temperature for the sonochemical production of oxidants.

Research paper by Kyuichi K Yasui, Toru T Tuziuti, Yasuo Y Iida

Indexed on: 30 Mar '04Published on: 30 Mar '04Published in: Ultrasonics


Numerical simulations of bubble oscillations in liquid water irradiated by an ultrasonic wave are performed for various acoustic amplitudes and various ambient pressures. In the numerical simulations, effect of non-equilibrium evaporation and condensation of water vapor at the bubble wall and that of chemical reactions of gases and vapor inside a bubble are taken into account. The oxidants such as OH radicals, O radicals, H(2)O(2) molecules, and O(3) molecules are created from water vapor inside a heated bubble when a bubble collapses strongly. They are dispersed into the liquid and solutes are oxidized by the oxidants, which is called sonochemical reactions. The computer simulations have revealed that there exists the optimum bubble temperature, which is about 5500 K, for the production of the oxidants inside an air bubble because at higher bubble temperature the oxidants are strongly consumed inside a bubble by oxidizing nitrogen. Correspondingly, there exists an optimum acoustic amplitude for the production of the oxidants, which is about 2.2 atm when the ultrasonic frequency is 140 kHz and the ambient pressure is 1 atm. For an oxygen bubble, on the other hand, the amount of the oxidants created inside a bubble becomes nearly independent of the bubble temperature at the collapse above about 6000 K because nitrogen is absent.