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Use of ultrasonics in shear layer cavitation control

Chatterjee, Dhiman (2003) Use of ultrasonics in shear layer cavitation control. In: Ultrasonics, 41 (6). pp. 465-475.

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In this paper, we report results from some investigations on the use of ultrasonic in controlling hydrodynamic cavitation in the shear layer downstream of a sudden expansion. Control of this type of cavitation has been achieved by modulating the local pressure that was experienced by a nucleus present in the shear layer. This modulation was made possible by using a piezoelectric device, termed as Ultrasonic Pressure Modulator (UPM). The performance of UPM has been studied at different dissolved gas concentrations with electrolysis bubbles as nuclei. Control of cavitation due to natural nuclei has also been attempted. Efficiency of UPM, in reducing cavitation, was seen to be dependent on the driving frequency employed. Experimental and numerical studies have been conducted to bring out the physics behind this approach of cavitation control. Different measures of cavitation control have been identified and some posible applications of this method have also been outlined.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Ultrasonics
Publisher: Elsevier
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier.
Keywords: Acoustic cavitation;Hydrodynamic cavitation;Control;Ultrasonics
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:28
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/7271

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