Fragmentation of cavitation bubble in ultrasound field under small pressure amplitude

Takuya Yamamoto, Shin ichi Hatanaka, Sergey V. Komarov

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In the present study, dynamic behavior and fragmentation mechanism of acoustic cavitation bubbles are investigated under relatively small pressure amplitudes of ultrasonic wave through a three-dimensional compressive multiphase flow simulation and experimental observations. It is found that the oscillating bubble takes a non-spherical shape soon after occurring the Rayleigh collapse following the sound pressure distribution around the bubble. Then, the amplitude of non-spherical deformation is enhanced during small high-frequent oscillations after the Rayleigh collapse due to the fluid inertial effect. Finally, the oscillating bubble is fragmented into two smaller ones with the Laplace pressure gradient becoming the final trigger of bubble fragmentation. Besides, the results reveal that the temperature of bubble surface is varied when the non-spherical bubble deformation is large, while during spherical bubble oscillations the surface temperature remains almost unchanged.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104684
JournalUltrasonics Sonochemistry
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Nov


  • Acoustic cavitation
  • Bubble fragmentation
  • Non-linear oscillation
  • Volume of fluid (VOF) method

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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