Study of tip vortex cavitation inception using navier-stokes computation and bubble dynamics model

Chao Tsung Hsiao, Laura L. Pauley

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Abstract

The Rayleigh-Plesset bubble dynamics equation coupled with the bubble motion equation developed by Johnson and Hsieh was applied to study the real flow ejfects on the prediction of cavitation inception in tip vortex flows. A three-dimensional steady-state tip vortex flow obtained from a Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes computation was used as a prescribed flow fleld through which the bubble was passively convected. A “window of opportunity” through which a candidate bubble must pass in order to be drawn into the tip-vortex core and cavitate was determined for different initial bubble sizes. It was found that bubbles with larger initial size can be entrained into the tip-vortex core from a larger window size and also had a higher cavitation inception number.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)198-204
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Fluids Engineering, Transactions of the ASME
Volume121
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering

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