Physical Review: Asymmetricity and sign reversal of secondary Bjerknes force from strong nonlinear coupling in cavitation bubble pairs

Vikash Pandey (UiO, prev. ARCEx), has published the paper “Asymmetricity and sign reversal of secondary Bjerknes force from
strong nonlinear coupling in cavitation bubble pairs” in the Journal Physical Review.

Abstract:

Most of the current applications of acoustic cavitation use bubble clusters that exhibit multibubble dynamics. This necessitates a complete understanding of the mutual nonlinear coupling between individual bubbles. In this study, strong nonlinear coupling is investigated in bubble pairs which is the simplest case of a bubble-cluster. This leads to the derivation of a more comprehensive set of coupled Keller-Miksis equations (KMEs) that contain nonlinear coupling terms of higher order. The governing KMEs take into account the convective contribution that stems from the Navier-Stokes equation. The system of KMEs is numerically solved for acoustically excited bubble pairs. It is shown that the higher-order corrections are important in the estimation of secondary Bjerknes force for closely spaced bubbles. Further, asymmetricity is witnessed in both magnitude and sign reversal of the secondary Bjerknes force in weak, regular, and strong acoustic fields. The obtained results are examined in the light of published scientific literature. It is expected that the findings reported in this paper may have implications in industries where there is a requirement to have a control on cavitation and its effects.

Reference: 

Pandey, V. (2019): Asymmetricity and sign reversal of secondary Bjerknes force from strong nonlinear coupling in cavitation bubble pairs. Physical Review, E 99, 042209 (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.99.042209. [intranet]