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Interface capturing simulations of acoustically driven bubble dynamics in and near tissue

Freund, Jonathan and Tiwari, Arpit and Shukla, Ratnesh and Pantano, Carlos (2011) Interface capturing simulations of acoustically driven bubble dynamics in and near tissue. In: 161st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, 2011.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3587691


Tissue injury during therapeutic ultrasound or lithotripsy is thought, in cases, to be due to the action of cavitation bubbles. Assessing this and mitigating it is challenging since bubble dynamics in the complex confinement of tissues or in small blood vessels are challenging to predict. Simulations tools require specialized algorithms to simultaneously represent strong acoustic waves and shocks, topologically complex liquid‐vapor phase boundaries, and the complex viscoelastic material dynamics of tissue. We discuss advances in a simulation tool for such situations. A single‐mesh Eulerian solver is used to solve the governing equations. Special sharpening terms maintain the liquid‐vapor interface in face of the finite numerical dissipation included in the scheme to accurately capture shocks. A recent enhancement to this formulation has significantly improved this interface capturing procedure, which is demonstrated for simulation of the Rayleigh collapse of a bubble. The solver also transports elastic stresses and can thus be used to assess the effects of elastic properties on bubble dynamics. A shock‐induced bubble collapse adjacent to a model elastic tissue is used to demonstrate this and draw some conclusions regarding the injury suppressing role that tissue elasticity might play.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Publisher: Acoustical Society of America
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Acoustical Society of America.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering
Date Deposited: 06 May 2013 12:21
Last Modified: 06 May 2013 12:21
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/46343

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