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Control of cloud cavitation through microbubbles


Venning, JA and Pearce, BW and Brandner, PA, Control of cloud cavitation through microbubbles, Proceedings of the 22nd Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference AFMC2020, 7-10 December 2020, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 1-4. ISBN 9781742723419 (2020) [Refereed Conference Paper]

DOI: doi:10.14264/3962085


The dynamics of cloud cavitation about a 3D hydrofoil are investigated experimentally in a cavitation tunnel with deplete, sparse and abundant freestream nuclei populations. The rectangular-planform, NACA 0015 hydrofoil was tested at a Reynolds number of 1.4 106, an incidence of 6 and a cavitation number of 0.55. High-speed photography of cavitation shedding phenomena was acquired simultaneously with unsteady force measurement to enable identification of cavity shedding modes corresponding with force spectral peaks. Nuclei populations were varied through the injection of polydisperse microbubbles. Both the deplete and abundant cases were characterised by large-scale cloud cavitation. For a sparsely seeded flow, however, coherent fluctuations are significantly reduced due to random nuclei activation and cavity breakup resulting in minimum relative unsteady lift.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:cavitation, multi-phase flow
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Ship and platform structures (incl. maritime hydrodynamics)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences
UTAS Author:Venning, JA (Dr James Venning)
UTAS Author:Pearce, BW (Dr Bryce Pearce)
UTAS Author:Brandner, PA (Professor Paul Brandner)
ID Code:147905
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2021-11-23
Last Modified:2021-12-07

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