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  1. Results From Cavitation Damage Experiments With Mercury Spallation Targets At The LANSCE WNR In 2008

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    Damage assessment from proton beam induced cavitation experiments on mercury spallation targets done at the LANSCE WNR facility has been completed. The experiments investigated two key questions for the Spallation Neutron Source target, namely, how damage is affected by flow velocity in the SNS coolant channel geometry, and how damage scales with proton beam intensity at a given constant charge per pulse. With regard to the former question, prior in-beam experiments indicated that the coolant channel geometry with stagnant mercury was especially vulnerable to damage which might warrant a design change. Yet other results indicated a reduction in damage with the introduction of flow. Using more prototypic to the SNS, the 2008 experiment damage results show the channel is less vulnerable than the bulk mercury side of the vessel wall. They also show no benefit from increasing channel flow velocity beyond nominal SNS speeds. The second question probed a consensus belief that damage scales with beam intensity (protons per unit area) by a power law dependence with exponent of around 4. Results from a 2005 experiment did not support this power law dependence but some observations were inconsistent and unexplained. These latest results show weaker damage dependence.

  2. Small gas bubble experiment for mitigation of cavitation damage and pressure waves in short-pulse mercury spallation targets

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    Populations of small helium gas bubbles were introduced into a flowing mercury experiment test loop to evaluate mitigation of beam-pulse induced cavitation damage and pressure waves. The test loop was developed and thoroughly tested at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) prior to irradiations at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center–Weapons Neutron Research (LANSCE–WNR) facility. Twelve candidate bubblers were evaluated over a range of mercury flow and gas injection rates by use of a novel optical measurement technique that accurately assessed the generated small bubble size distributions. Final selection for irradiation testing included two variations of a swirl bubbler provided by Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex (J-PARC) collaborators and one orifice bubbler developed at SNS. Bubble populations of interest consisted of sizes up to 150 μm in radius with achieved gas volume fractions in the 10−5–10−4 range. The nominal WNR beam pulse used for the experiment created energy deposition in the mercury comparable to SNS pulses operating at 2.5 MW. Nineteen test conditions were completed each with 100 pulses, including variations on mercury flow, gas injection and protons per pulse. The principal measure of cavitation damage mitigation was pitting damage assessment on test specimens that were manually replaced for each test condition. Damage assessment was done after radiation decay and decontamination by optical and laser profiling microscopy with damaged area fraction and maximum pit depth being the more valued results. Damage was reduced by flow alone; the best mitigation from bubble injection was to one-third that of stagnant mercury. Other data collected included surface motion tracking by three Laser Doppler Vibrometers (LDV), test loop wall dynamic strain, beam diagnostics for charge and beam profile assessment, embedded hydrophones and pressure sensors, and sound measurement by a suite of conventional and contact microphones

  3. EFFECTS OF ENTRAINED AIR MANNER ON CAVITATION DAMAGE*

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    WU Jian-hua; LUO Chao

    2011-01-01

    Early in 1953 the experiments by Peterka proved that air entrainment has effects on decreasing cavitation damage. This technology has been widely used in the release works of high dams since the inception of air entrainment in the Grand Goulee Dam in 1960. Behavior, mechanism and application of air entrainment for cavitation damage control have been investigated for over half century. However, severe cavitation damage happened due to complex mechanism of air entrainment. The effects of air entrainment are related to many factors, including geometric parameters, hydraulic parameters and entrained air manners. In the present work an experimental set-up for air entrainment was specially designed, the behavior of reducing cavitation damage was experimentally investigated in the three aspects of entrained air pressure, air tube aera and air tube number. The results show that magnitude of reduction of cavitation damage is closely related to the entrained air tube number as well as entrained air pressure, air tube aera, and that the effect through three air tubes is larger than that through single air tube although the entrained air tubes have the same sum of tube aera, that is, 1 + 1 + 1 > 3. Therefore, it is important to design an effective manner of air entrainment.

  4. Cavitation Nuclei: Experiments and Theory

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    Mørch, Knud Aage

    2009-01-01

    The Swedish astrophysicist and Nobel Prize winner Hannes Alfven said: Theories come and go - the experiment is here forever. Often a theory, which we set up to describe an observed physical phenomenon, suffers from the lack of knowledge of decisive parameters, and therefore at best the theory...... becomes insufficient. Contrary, the experiment always reveals nature itself, though at prevailing experimental conditions. With essential parameters being out of control and even maybe unidentified, apparently similar experiments may deviate way beyond our expectations. However, these discrepancies offer...... us a chance to reflect on the character of the unknown parameters. In this way non-concordant experimental results may hold the key to the development of better theories - and to new experiments for the testing of their validity. Cavitation and cavitation nuclei are phenomena of that character....

  5. Cavitation damage in blood clots under HIFU

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    Weiss, Hope; Ahadi, Golnaz; Hoelscher, Thilo; Szeri, Andrew

    2010-11-01

    High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) has been shown to accelerate thrombolysis, the dissolution of blood clots, in vitro and in vivo, for treatment of ischemic stroke. Cavitation in sonothrombolysis is thought to play an important role, although the mechanisms are not fully understood. The damage to a blood clot associated with bubble collapses in a HIFU field is studied. The region of damage caused by a bubble collapse on the fibrin network of the blood clot exposed to HIFU is estimated, and compared with experimental assessment of the damage. The mechanical damage to the network caused by a bubble is probed using two independent approaches, a strain based method and an energy based method. Immunoflourescent fibrin staining is used to assess the region of damage experimentally.

  6. Experience with control valve cavitation problems and their solutions

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    Pressure reduction in control valves can induce cavitation, which has three effects on the control valve. Firstly, it modifies or changes the hydraulic performance of the control valve. Since control valves are designed for noncavitating conditions, the result is usually reduced stability of the control valve or, in extreme cavitating conditions known as supercavitation, the valve may limit the flow rate and thus be undersized. Secondly, cavitation can cause material damage to valve parts, trim, or valve body, or erodes downstream piping; consequently, the valve or piping leaks. Thirdly, cavitation causes noise and vibration, which may cause major damage or destruction to equipment such as valve positioners, actuators, pipe supports and sometimes to other downstream valves. The purpose of this paper is twofold: (1) It describes the I.S.A. valve sizing equations and how they relate to cavitation. (2) It describes experiences with these three problems, and discusses corrective actions and practical approaches to their solution. This paper discusses thirteen cavitation experiences

  7. Effect of Tensile Stress on Cavitation Erosion and Damage of Polymer

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    Hibi, M.; Inaba, K.; Takahashi, K.; Kishimoto, K.; Hayabusa, K.

    2015-12-01

    Cavitation erosion tests for epoxy, unsaturated polyester, polycarbonate, and acrylic resin were conducted under various tensile stress conditions (Tensile-Cavitation test). A new testing device was designed to conduct the Tensile-Cavitation test and observe specimen surface during the experiment based on ASTM G32. When tensile stress of 1.31 MPa was loaded on epoxy resin, cracks occurred on the specimen after 0.5 hours during cavitation erosion. When no tensile stress was loaded on the epoxy resin, the damage was general cavitation erosion only. As well as the epoxy resin, unsaturated polyester resin applied tensile stress of 1.31 MPa and polycarbonate resin of 6.54 MPa indicated erosion damages and cracks. When tensile stress of 6.54 MPa was loaded on acrylic resin, the erosion damage was almost the same as the results without tensile stress. We confirmed that anti-cavitation property of epoxy resin was higher than those of acrylic and polycarbonate without tensile stress while the damage of epoxy resin was much serious than that of acrylic resins under tensile stress loadings.

  8. Pitting damage in metals by mercury cavitation with MIMTM

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    In the liquid mercury target for the spallation neutron source, pressure waves occurs owing to the high-intense proton beam bombardment. The pressure waves induces the cavitation in the interface between the mercury and the target vessel through the propagation process. Erosion damage composed of micro-pits clusters is formed by the micro-jets and shock waves emitted from cavitation bubble collapse. In this paper, researches for damage structure of the material that was examined using the electroMagnetic IMpact Testing Machine (MIMTM) form the viewpoint of high-speed deformation. The result showed that the 200 ∼ 300 m/s of collision velocity for micro-jet impacting which was estimated from the numerical simulation is reasonable value. (J.P.N.)

  9. Characterisation of creep cavitation damage in a stainless steel pressure vessel using small angle neutron scattering

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    Bouchard, P J; Treimer, W

    2002-01-01

    Grain-boundary cavitation is the dominant failure mode associated with initiation of reheat cracking, which has been widely observed in austenitic stainless steel pressure vessels operating at temperatures within the creep range (>450 C). Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) experiments at the LLB PAXE instrument (Saclay) and the V12 double-crystal diffractometer of the HMI-BENSC facility (Berlin) are used to characterise cavitation damage (in the size range R=10-2000 nm) in a variety of creep specimens extracted from ex-service plant. Factors that affect the evolution of cavities and the cavity-size distribution are discussed. The results demonstrate that SANS techniques have the potential to quantify the development of creep damage in type-316H stainless steel, and thereby link microstructural damage with ductility-exhaustion models of reheat cracking. (orig.)

  10. Numerical study on fatigue damage properties of cavitation erosion for rigid metal materials

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    Guogang Wang; Guang Ma; Dongbai Sun; Hongying Yu; Huimin Meng

    2008-01-01

    Cavitation erosion is an especially destructive and complex phenomenon. To understand its basic mechanism, the fatigue process of materials during cavitation erosion was investigated by numerical simulation technology. The loading spectrum used was generated by a spark-discharged electrode. Initiation crack life and true stress amplitude was used to explain the cavitation failure period and damage mechanism. The computational results indicated that the components of different materials exhibited various fatigue lives under the same external conditions. When the groove depth was extended, the initiation crack life decreased rapidly, while the true stress amplitude was increased simultaneously. This gave an important explanation to the accelerating material loss rate during cavitation erosion. However, when the groove depth was fixed and the length varied, the fatigue life became complex, more fluctuant than that happened in depth. The results also indicate that the fatigue effect of cavitation plays an important role in contributing to the formation and propagation of characteristic pits.

  11. Cavitation-induced damage in soft tissue phantoms by focused ultrasound bursts

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    Movahed, Pooya; Kreider, Wayne; Maxwell, Adam D.; Bailey, Michael R.; Hutchens, Shelby B.; Freund, Jonathan B.

    2015-11-01

    Cavitation in soft tissues, similar to that in purely hydrodynamic configurations, is thought to cause tissue injury in therapeutic ultrasound treatments. Our goal is to generalize bubble dynamics models to represent this phenomenon, which we pursue experimentally with observations in tissue-mimicking polyacrylamide and agarose phantoms and semi-analytic generalization of Rayleigh-Plesset-type bubble dynamics models. The phantoms were imaged with high-speed cameras while subjected to a series of multiple pressure wave bursts, of the kind being considered specifically for burst-wave lithotripsy (BWL). The experimental observations show bubble activation at multiple sites during the initial pulses. After multiple pulses, a further onset of cavitation is observed at some new locations suggesting material failure due to fatigue under cyclic loading. A nonlinear strain-energy with strain hardening is used to represent the elasticity of the surrounding medium. Griffith's fracture criterion is then applied in order to determine the onset of material damage. The damaged material is then represented as a Newtonian fluid. By assuming that such a decrease in the fracture toughness occurs under cyclic loading, the fatigue behavior observed in the experiments can be reproduced by our model. This work was supported by NIH grant NIDDK PO1-DK043881.

  12. STUDIES ON GREY MODEL DYNAMIC PREDICTION TO CAVITATION DAMAGE OF TURBINES

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    Wu Fu-sheng; Tong Zhong-shan; Li Yun-hui

    2003-01-01

    In this paper, cavitation damage of turbines is firstly analyzed and predicated from the view point of system engineering by use of the grey system theory. A detailed description of modeling, dynamic prediction and accuracy test for the grey system of turbines was given. Two special cases for grey dynamic prediction as well as its accuracy test were illustrated. The results fall into the grade I, the accuracy is satisfactory and its prediction requirements can be met well. It shows that the grey system theory can be employed to predict the cavitation damage of turbines, and it can provide a scientific basis for timely investigation and maintenance of turbines.

  13. Examination of observed and predicted measures of creep cavitation damage accumulation

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    Brear, J.M.; Church, J.M. [ERA Technology Ltd., Leatherhead (United Kingdom); Eggeler, G. [University of Bochum-Ruhr (Germany)

    1998-12-31

    Brittle intergranular cavitation represents a primary degradation mechanism for high temperature plant operating within the creep range. Fundamental to formulating estimates of remanent life, or consumed life fraction for such components are: the observation and quantification of the level of actual creep cavitation, typically using an A-parameter type approach, and the correlation of observed creep damage accumulation with some phenomenological model which characterizes the rate of damage evolution and, thereby, rupture lifetime. The work described here treats inhomogeneous damage accumulation - in otherwise uniform material and loading situations. Extensions to the A-parameter are considered as a practical measure of damage localization and an extension of the Kachanov-Rabotnov continuum damage mechanics model is proposed to allow theoretical treatment. (orig.) 4 refs.

  14. The influence of cavitation damage upon high temperature creep under stationary and non-stationary loading conditions. Pt. 3

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    In this paper for ideally plastic materials the influence of high temperature cavitation damage upon creep at steady increasing loads is investigated. The damage function A(t) enters a constitutive equation for plastic flow through an effective stress sigmasub(e). For given loading conditions the latter is derived from the solution of Hart's tensile test equation. The case of time linear increase in load (F = constant) and in true stress (s = constant) is investigated. The creep equations for cavitating as well as for non-cavitating materials are derived and the volume change during creep at F = constant are calculated. (orig./RK)

  15. Oxidative DNA damage caused by pulsed discharge with cavitation on the bactericidal function

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    Plasma-based techniques are expected to have practical use for wastewater purification with a potential for killing contaminated microorganisms and degrading recalcitrant materials. In the present study, we analysed oxidative DNA damage in bacterial cells treated by the plasma to unveil its mechanisms in the bactericidal process. Escherichia coli cell suspension was exposed to the plasma induced by applying an alternating-current voltage of about 1 kV with bubbling formed by water-cavitation, termed pulsed discharge with cavitation. Chromosomal DNA damage, such as double strand break (DSB) and oxidative base lesions, increased proportionally with the applied energy, as determined by electrophoretic and mass spectrometric analyses. Among the base lesions identified, the yields of 8-hydroxyguanine (8-OH-G) and 5-hydroxycytosine (5-OH-C) in chromosomal DNA increased by up to 4- and 15-fold, respectively, compared to untreated samples. The progeny DNA sequences, derived from plasmid DNA exposed to the plasma, indicated that the production rate of 5-OH-C exceeded that of 8-OH-G, as G:C to A:T transitions accounted for 65% of all base changes, but only a few G:C to T:A transversions were observed. The cell viabilities of E. coli cells decreased in direct proportion to increases in the applied energy. Therefore, the plasma-induced bactericidal mechanism appears to relate to oxidative damage caused to bacterial DNA. These results were confirmed by observing the generation of hydroxyl radicals and hydrogen peroxide molecules following the plasma exposure. We also compared our results with the plasma to those obtained with 137Cs γ-rays, as a well-known ROS generator to confirm the DNA-damaging mechanism involved. (paper)

  16. Oxidative DNA damage caused by pulsed discharge with cavitation on the bactericidal function

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    Kudo, Ken-ichi; Ito, Hironori; Ihara, Satoshi; Terato, Hiroaki

    2015-09-01

    Plasma-based techniques are expected to have practical use for wastewater purification with a potential for killing contaminated microorganisms and degrading recalcitrant materials. In the present study, we analysed oxidative DNA damage in bacterial cells treated by the plasma to unveil its mechanisms in the bactericidal process. Escherichia coli cell suspension was exposed to the plasma induced by applying an alternating-current voltage of about 1 kV with bubbling formed by water-cavitation, termed pulsed discharge with cavitation. Chromosomal DNA damage, such as double strand break (DSB) and oxidative base lesions, increased proportionally with the applied energy, as determined by electrophoretic and mass spectrometric analyses. Among the base lesions identified, the yields of 8-hydroxyguanine (8-OH-G) and 5-hydroxycytosine (5-OH-C) in chromosomal DNA increased by up to 4- and 15-fold, respectively, compared to untreated samples. The progeny DNA sequences, derived from plasmid DNA exposed to the plasma, indicated that the production rate of 5-OH-C exceeded that of 8-OH-G, as G:C to A:T transitions accounted for 65% of all base changes, but only a few G:C to T:A transversions were observed. The cell viabilities of E. coli cells decreased in direct proportion to increases in the applied energy. Therefore, the plasma-induced bactericidal mechanism appears to relate to oxidative damage caused to bacterial DNA. These results were confirmed by observing the generation of hydroxyl radicals and hydrogen peroxide molecules following the plasma exposure. We also compared our results with the plasma to those obtained with 137Cs γ-rays, as a well-known ROS generator to confirm the DNA-damaging mechanism involved.

  17. Cavitation in medicine.

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    Brennen, Christopher Earls

    2015-10-01

    We generally think of bubbles as benign and harmless and yet they can manifest the most remarkable range of physical effects. Some of those effects are the stuff of our everyday experience as in the tinkling of a brook or the sounds of breaking waves at the beach. But even these mundane effects are examples of the ability of bubbles to gather, focus and radiate energy (acoustic energy in the above examples). In other contexts that focusing of energy can lead to serious technological problems as when cavitation bubbles eat great holes through ships' propeller blades or cause a threat to the integrity of the spillways at the Hoover Dam. In liquid-propelled rocket engines, bubbles pose a danger to the stability of the propulsion system, and in artificial heart valves they can cause serious damage to the red blood cells. In perhaps the most extraordinary example of energy focusing, collapsing cavitation bubbles can emit not only sound, but also light with black body radiation temperatures equal to that of the sun (Brennen 1995 Cavitation and bubble dynamics). But, harnessed carefully, this almost unique ability to focus energy can also be put to remarkably constructive use. Cavitation bubbles are now used in a remarkable range of surgical and medical procedures, for example to emulsify tissue (most commonly in cataract surgery or in lithotripsy procedures for the reduction of kidney and gall stones) or to manipulate the DNA in individual cells. By creating cavitation bubbles non-invasively thereby depositing and focusing energy non-intrusively, one can generate minute incisions or target cancer cells. This paper will begin by briefly reviewing the history of cavitation phenomena and will end with a vision of the new horizons for the amazing cavitation bubble. PMID:26442145

  18. Cavitation damages morphology of high-strength low-alloy steel

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    Aleksić, V.; M. Dojčinović; Lj. Milović; Samardžić, I.

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents the research into behaviour of HSLA steel affected by cavitation. The parent material (PM) and simulated heat-affected zone (SHAZ) were studied. Ultrasonic vibratory cavitation test was performed in laboratory conditions (by stationary specimen method). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to observe the variations in the surface morphology that occurred within different time intervals.

  19. Cavitation damages morphology of high-strength low-alloy steel

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    V. Aleksić

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the research into behaviour of HSLA steel affected by cavitation. The parent material (PM and simulated heat-affected zone (SHAZ were studied. Ultrasonic vibratory cavitation test was performed in laboratory conditions (by stationary specimen method. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM was used to observe the variations in the surface morphology that occurred within different time intervals.

  20. The influence of cavitation damage upon high temperature creep under stationary and non-stationary loading conditions. Part III: Creep at steady increasing load and true stress

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    Boček, M.; Hoffmann, M.

    1984-11-01

    In this paper for ideally plastic materials the influence of high temperature cavitation damage upon creep at steady increasing loads is investigated. The damage function A(t) enters a constitutive equation for plastíc flow through an effective stress σ e. For given loading conditions the latter is derived from the solution of Hart's tensile test equation. In the present paper the case of time linear increase in load ( F = constant) and in true stress ( /.s = constant) is investigated. The creep equations for cavitating as well as for non-cavitating materials are derived and the volume change during creep at /.F = constant are calculated.

  1. Cavitation Behavior of A5083 Alloy by Vibratory Cavitation Tester

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    The cavitation behavior of A5083 alloy is investigated utilizing a vibratory cavitation tester. The tester(20.3kHz frequency) was manufactured according to ASTM G-32. The cavitation behavior of the specimens was examined by weight loss measurement and surface morphology change with peak-to-peak amplitudes and solutions. In order to investigate the cause of the damaged specimen's surface morphology change, the fluid velocity profile adjacent to vibrating specimen was measured by laser doppler velocimeter(LDV). The amount of weight loss was increased linearly with time after an incubation period. Cavitation test data in 3.5wt% NaCl solution showed that the amount of weight loss at small peak-to-peak amplitude(10μm) was increased by synergy effect of mechanical vibration and electrochemical corrosion. Such synergy effect, however, became less significant in deionized water and 3.5wt% NaCl solution with bigger amplitude(>20μm) where the mechanical damage predominates the corrosion damage. As the peak-to-peak amplitude was altered the damaged specimen exhibited significant morphology change. The circular type of damaged surface was shifted to the outer rim of the specimen and the damage intensity was increased with increasing amplitude. This morphology change could be attributed to the turbulence intensity whose maximum is found at the rim of specimen. LDV results have shown that turbulence intensity, which causes cavitative damage, increases with increasing amplitude, resulting in more intense damage. It is also suggested that the mechanism of morphology change could be resolved through farther LDV experiments. However, the obtained data did not showed exact correlation with the damaged surface morphology because the data were not obtained at the exact spots but relatively apart spots. We found some relationships with the damaged surface morphology and the LDV data

  2. Cavitation-induced damage of soft materials by focused ultrasound bursts: A fracture-based bubble dynamics model.

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    Movahed, Pooya; Kreider, Wayne; Maxwell, Adam D; Hutchens, Shelby B; Freund, Jonathan B

    2016-08-01

    A generalized Rayleigh-Plesset-type bubble dynamics model with a damage mechanism is developed for cavitation and damage of soft materials by focused ultrasound bursts. This study is linked to recent experimental observations in tissue-mimicking polyacrylamide and agar gel phantoms subjected to bursts of a kind being considered specifically for lithotripsy. These show bubble activation at multiple sites during the initial pulses. More cavities appear continuously through the course of the observations, similar to what is deduced in pig kidney tissues in shock-wave lithotripsy. Two different material models are used to represent the distinct properties of the two gel materials. The polyacrylamide gel is represented with a neo-Hookean elastic model and damaged based upon a maximum-strain criterion; the agar gel is represented with a strain-hardening Fung model and damaged according to the strain-energy-based Griffith's fracture criterion. Estimates based upon independently determined elasticity and viscosity of the two gel materials suggest that bubble confinement should be sufficient to prevent damage in the gels, and presumably injury in some tissues. Damage accumulation is therefore proposed to occur via a material fatigue, which is shown to be consistent with observed delays in widespread cavitation activity. PMID:27586763

  3. Vortex nucleation, transition to turbulence, and cavitation: 'system failure' experiments in liquid helium and extreme value statistics

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    It is suggested that recent experiments in liquid helium, like single vortex nucleation, transition to turbulent flow around a sphere at a critical velocity, and cavitation of the liquid in a sound wave belong to the type of ''system failure'' experiments which is well known in reliability testing and whose statistical properties are described by extreme value statistics. This leads to far reaching consequences for the interpretation of the critical velocities and of the voltage threshold for cavitation

  4. An experiment system for testing synergetic erosion caused by sand abrasion and cavitation

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    An advanced comprehensive test system, designed for testing synergetic erosion due to cavitation and sand abrasion in hydraulic machinery, is presented in this paper. This system includes an integrated test rig, control platform, and state-of-the-art measurement etc. For the integrated test system, there are three test modes, Venturi-section water tunnel, rotating disc and rotating disc with jet nozzle. The maximum velocity is 45 m/s for Venturi-section water tunnel test mode, and 85 m/s for rotating disc test mode. The pressure range for those two test modes can be regulated within -0.09 MPa∼0.6 MPa. The highest flow relative velocity is 120 m/s for rotating disc with jet nozzle test mode. All key parameters measured from the test rig, such as flow discharge, pressure, sand concentration, temperature etc, can be displayed online and processed in the control platform. This new test system provides researchers with the possibility to measure cavitation erosion, sand abrasion and the synergetic damage in hydraulic machinery. Further, flow visualization analysis, weight loss measurements and erosion outline measurements are available using the system

  5. Sodium lauryl sulphate/ultrasound combination for transcutaneous vaccine delivery: effect of changing sodium lauryl sulphate concentration on antigen permeation, cavitation and skin damage

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    Dahlan, A.; Murdan, S.

    2006-01-01

    Low frequency ultrasound in combination with Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), a known transdermal chemical enhancer has been found to enhance delivery of molecules through the skin. In this abstract, we report the effects of changing SLS concentration on cavitation, protein permeation through the skin and skin damage.

  6. Experimental study of the cavitation erosion in centrifugal pump impeller

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    Research on cavitation damage scale effects show that the damage rate is increased with size and velocity. It seems that for constant velocity there is no clear trend for the variation of erosion with cavitation number. Research on the time effects on damage rate show similarity between cavitation and impingement erosion. The cumulative weight loss versus time curve is of a ''S'' shaped type characterized by an incubation period followed by a period of increasing erosion rate, then a maximum erosion rate, and finally a period of decreasing erosion rate. The objective of this investigation is to present a prototype cavitation erosion experiment in order to clarify the time dependency of the erosive wear

  7. Experiment of cavitation erosion at the exit of a long orifice

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    We performed experiments to clarify mechanism of cavitation erosion and to predict cavitation erosion rate at the exit of a long orifice equipped at the chemical and volume control system in a pressurized water reactor (PWR). In order to find this mechanism, we used a high speed video camera. As the result, we observed bubble collapses near the exit of the orifice when flow condition was oscillating. So the bubble collapses due to the oscillation might cause the first stage erosion at the exit of the orifice. Using the orifice which had the cone-shaped exit, we observed that bubbles collapsed near the exit and then they collapsed at the upstream like a chain reaction. So this bubble collapse mechanism could be explained as follows: shock wave was generated by the bubble collapse near the exit, then it propagated upwards, consequently it caused the bubble collapse at the upstream. And we predicted erosion rate by evaluating the effect of the velocity and comparing the erosion resistance between the test speciment (aluminum) and the plant material (stainless steel) by means of vibratory tests. We compared the predicted erosion rate with that of the average value estimated from plant investigation, then we examined the applicability of these method to the plant evaluations. (author)

  8. Influence of the empirical coefficients of cavitation model on predicting cavitating flow in the centrifugal pump

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    Liu, Hou-lin; Wang, Jian; Wang, Yong; Zhang, Hua; Huang, Haoqin

    2014-03-01

    The phenomenon of cavitation is an unsteady flow, which is nearly inevitable in pump. It would degrade the pump performance, produce vibration and noise and even damage the pump. Hence, to improve accuracy of the nu¬merical prediction of the pump cavitation performance is much desirable. In the present work, a homogenous model, the Zwart-Gerber-Belamri cavitation model, is considered to investigate the influence of the empirical coefficients on predicting the pump cavitation performance, concerning a centrifugal pump. Three coefficients are analyzed, namely the nucleation site radius, evaporation and condensation coefficients. Also, the experiments are carried out to validate the numerical simulations. The results indicate that, to get a precise prediction, the approaches of declining the initial bubble radius, the condensation coefficient or increasing the evaporation coefficient are all feasible, especially for de¬clining the condensation coefficient, which is the most effective way.

  9. The influence of cavitation damage upon high temperature creep under stationary and non-stationary loading conditions. Pt. 4

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    The aim of the present paper is to investigate the influence of high temperature cavitation upon the creep behavior of ideally plastic materials subjected to tensile load cycling. The oscillating tensile stress is replaced by a static equivalent stress which is a function of the loading conditions. Creep equations are derived for cavitating and non-cavitating specimens respectively. The volume change for constant load amplitude cycling is calculated. The main results derived for different loading procedures are also compared. (orig./RK)

  10. Dynamics of Vortex Cavitation

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    Pennings, P.C.

    2016-01-01

    This thesis describes the mechanisms with which tip vortex cavitation is responsible for broadband pressure fluctuations on ship propellers. Hypotheses for these are described in detail by Bosschers (2009). Validation is provided by three main cavitation-tunnel experiments, one on a model propeller

  11. High-speed motion picture camera experiments of cavitation in dynamically loaded journal bearings

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    Hamrock, B. J.; Jacobson, B. O.

    1983-01-01

    A high-speed camera was used to investigate cavitation in dynamically loaded journal bearings. The length-diameter ratio of the bearing, the speeds of the shaft and bearing, the surface material of the shaft, and the static and dynamic eccentricity of the bearing were varied. The results reveal not only the appearance of gas cavitation, but also the development of previously unsuspected vapor cavitation. It was found that gas cavitation increases with time until, after many hundreds of pressure cycles, there is a constant amount of gas kept in the cavitation zone of the bearing. The gas can have pressures of many times the atmospheric pressure. Vapor cavitation bubbles, on the other hand, collapse at pressures lower than the atmospheric pressure and cannot be transported through a high-pressure zone, nor does the amount of vapor cavitation in a bearing increase with time. Analysis is given to support the experimental findings for both gas and vapor cavitation. Previously announced in STAR as N82-20543

  12. The use of image analysis for determination of surface deterioration level of improved alumina based materials subjected to cavitation

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    Dimitrijević M.M.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Alumina based specimens having different content of alumina based fibers were investigated for possible application as cavitation resistant material. Cavitation damages of the alumina based specimens were tested by the modified vibratory cavitation set up. Erosion rates were measured based on the method developed for metallic samples, mass loss was measured during the experiment. Surface erosion was determined during the experiment simultaneously to mass loss measurements. Image Pro Plus Program was applied for surface analysis during testing. Results indicate that investigated material exhibit excellent mechanical properties and very good resistance to cavitation erosion. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. TR34011, br. TR35002 i br. III 45012

  13. Fundamentals of Cavitation

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    Franc, Jean-Pierre

    2005-01-01

    The present book is aimed at providing a comprehensive presentation of cavitation phenomena in liquid flows. It is further backed up by the experience, both experimental and theoretical, of the authors whose expertise has been internationally recognized. A special effort is made to place the various methods of investigation in strong relation with the fundamental physics of cavitation, enabling the reader to treat specific problems independently. Furthermore, it is hoped that a better knowledge of the cavitation phenomenon will allow engineers to create systems using it positively. Examples in the literature show the feasibility of this approach.

  14. Cavitation bubbles collapse characteristics behind a convex body

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    李瑶; 许唯临; 张亚磊; 张敬威; 陈春祺; 阿蓉

    2013-01-01

    Cavitation bubbles behind a convex body were experimentally studied by a high speed camera and a hydrophone synch- ronously. The experiments were conducted in a circulating water tunnel with five various contraction ratios:b=0.497,b=0.6,b=0.697,b=0.751, andb=0.799. The distributions of the cavitation bubble collapse positions behind the five different convex bodies were obtained by combining the images taken by the high speed camera. According to the collapse positions, it was found that no cavitation bubble was collapsed in the region near the wall until the ratio of the water head loss over the convex body height was larger than 20, which can be used to predict if the cavitation damage would occur in the tunnel with orifice energy dissipaters.

  15. Activities of cavitation studies and R and D works of sodium pumps in Japan

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    PNC is now performing design studies of large FBR, making the best use of past experiences from JOYO, MONJU and related R and Ds, aiming at future effective and sound development of FBR technology and at the appropriate cooperation with utilities and manufacturers. In this paper the activities of cavitation studies and R and D works of sodium pumps as well as general review of the FBR development are presented. Such activities are concentrated on the following items: 1) In-sodium and in-water cavitation tests of JOYO primary and secondary pumps as well as cavitation damage inspection after 30,000 hours of operation. 2) In-water cavitation test of subscale mock-up pumps (1/2-1/3) for MONJU. 3) In-water cavitation test of subscale mock-up pump (1/2.5) for large FBR including incipient cavitation bubble observation. 4) Cavitation tests of FLIPs (600 2/min and 1100 1/min) and ALIP (400 1/min). 5) Approach to define more advanced cavitation criteria for electromagnetic pumps instead of applying Thoma's dimensionless parameter. In view of this, cavitation tests of a FLIP and its duct models with sodium and model fluid are conducted. 6) Studies on the impeller type optimization for large FBRs: Single suction, double suction and inducer type are comprised. 7) Design studies of single suction and double suction pumps for large FBRs. (author)

  16. 铝熔体中超声辐射杆的空蚀实验及机理研究%Experiment and mechanism study on cavitation erosion of ultrasound radiator in aluminum melt

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    董方; 李晓谦; 张敏

    2015-01-01

    Ultrasonic radiation rod produced cavitation erosion in aluminum melt seriously hampers its life and purity aluminum melt .To solve this problem ,the experiment of cavitation erosion about tita‐nium alloy ultrasound radiation rod in the aluminum melt was carried out using weight‐loss method and melt Ti elements detection method to describe the cavitation process of radiation rod .Macro/mi‐cro‐morphology observation and component detection w as carried out using scanning electron micro‐scopic (SEM ) and energy spectrum of the cavitation erosion sample at different cavitation erosion time to investigate the mechanism of the various stages of cavitation .The experimental results indicate that cavitation firstly appear at the center of the end surface of the radiation rod .T he center cavitation pit gradually enlarges over time and inward concave ,eventually spread to the entire end face ,until the end surface material peels off completely .The cavity collapse would produce pits on the surface of ma‐terial and make surface matrix shed .At the same time ,titanium alloy matrix would react with alumi‐num melt and form granular Al3 Ti ,which would break off easily from titanium alloy matrix under the impact of the cavity collapse because it’s hard and brittle .The cavitation damage of titanium alloy ra‐diation rod in aluminum melt is resulted from both mechanical damage and chemical etching produced by the cavitation bubble collapse .%超声辐射杆在铝熔体中产生空蚀严重制约其使用寿命及铝熔体的纯净度,针对这一问题,进行了铝熔体钛合金超声辐射杆空蚀试验,采用失重法及熔体Ti元素检测法描述了辐射杆空蚀进程,运用扫描式电子显微镜(SEM )及能谱仪对空蚀试样进行宏/微观形貌观察及成分检测,探讨空蚀各阶段机理。结果表明:辐射杆空蚀以端面为主,随时间推移由端面中心逐渐在横向辐射扩张并在纵向

  17. Cavitation noise from butterfly valves

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    Cavitation in valves can produce levels of intense noise. It is possible to mathematically express a limit for a design level of cavitation noise in terms of the cavitation parameter sigma. Using the cavitation parameter or limit, it is then possible to calculate the flow conditions at which a design level of cavitation noise will occur. However, the intensity of cavitation increases with the upstream pressure and valve size at a constant sigma. Therefore, it is necessary to derive equations to correct or scale the cavitation limit for the effects of different upstream pressures and valve sizes. The following paper discusses and presents experimental data for the caviation noise limit as well as the cavitation limits of incipient, critical, incipient damage, and choking cavitation for butterfly valves. The main emphasis is on the design limit of caviation noise, and a noise level of 85 decibels was selected as the noise limit. Tables of data and scaling exponents are included for applying the design limits for the effects of upstream pressure and valve size. (orig.)

  18. Application of computational fluid dynamics on cavitation in journal bearings

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Journal bearings are applied in internal combustion engines due to their favourable wearing quality and operating characteristics. Under certain operating conditions damage of the journal bearing can occur caused by cavitation. The cavitation reduces the load capacity and leads to material erosion. Experimental investigations of cavitating flows in dimension of real journal bearing are difficult to realize or almost impossible caused by the small gap and transient flow conditions. Therefore numerical simulation is a very helpful engineering tool to research the cavitation behaviour. The CFD-Code OpenFOAM is used to analyse the flow field inside the bearing. The numerical cavitation model based on a bubble dynamic approach and requires necessary initial parameter for the calculation, such as nuclei bubble diameter, the number of nuclei and two empirical constants. The first part of this paper shows the influence of these parameters on the solution. For the adjustment of the parameters an experiment of Jakobsson et.al. [1] was used to validate the numerical flow model. The parameters have been varied according to the method Design of Experiments (DoE. With a defined model equation the parameters determined, to identify the parameter for CFD-calculations in comparison to the experimental values. The second part of the paper presents investigations on different geometrical changes in the bearing geometry. The effect of these geometrical changes on cavitation was compared with experimental results from Wollfarth [2] and Garner et.al. [3].

  19. Classification of lubricants according to cavitation criteria

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    Meged, Y.; Venner, C.H.; Napel, ten, H.M.Th.D.

    1995-01-01

    Cavitation in lubrication liquids has long been known to be detrimental to components in hydraulic systems. Damage has been detected in journal bearings, especially under severe dynamic loading, gears, squeeze film dampers and valves. These findings have led to intensive studies of metal resistance to cavitation erosion, in order to minimize the damage. Results of these studies have been: 1. (a) classification of known materials according to their resistance to cavitation erosion; 2. (b) deve...

  20. Underwater explosions and cavitation phenomena

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    Kamegai, M.

    1979-08-28

    Some aspects of underwater explosions and cavitation phenomena have been studied by using a thermodynamic equation of state for water and a one-dimensional Lagrangian hydrocode. The study showed that surface cavitation is caused by the main blast wave and a bubble pulse from rebound of a release wave moving toward the center of the exploding bubble. Gravity has little effect on the surface cavitation. In nuclear explosions the bubble is bounded by a two-phase region rather than a gas-water interface. The two-phase region cavitates as the bubble expands, changing the optical absorption coefficient by many orders of magnitude and significantly affecting the optical signature. In assessing cavitation damage, it is concluded that a water jet of unstable bubble collapse erodes solid walls. The study leads to suggestions for future research.

  1. Underwater explosions and cavitation phenomena

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    Some aspects of underwater explosions and cavitation phenomena have been studied by using a thermodynamic equation of state for water and a one-dimensional Lagrangian hydrocode. The study showed that surface cavitation is caused by the main blast wave and a bubble pulse from rebound of a release wave moving toward the center of the exploding bubble. Gravity has little effect on the surface cavitation. In nuclear explosions the bubble is bounded by a two-phase region rather than a gas-water interface. The two-phase region cavitates as the bubble expands, changing the optical absorption coefficient by many orders of magnitude and significantly affecting the optical signature. In assessing cavitation damage, it is concluded that a water jet of unstable bubble collapse erodes solid walls. The study leads to suggestions for future research

  2. Evaluation of Corrosion and the Anti-Cavitation Characteristics of Cu Alloy by Water Cavitation Peening

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    Cu alloy is widely used for marine applications due to its excellent ductility and high resistance for corrosion as wells as cavitation. However, long term exposure of the material to marine environments may result in damages caused by cavitation and corrosion. Water cavitation peening has been introduced in order to improve resistance of Cu alloy to corrosion and cavitation. The technology induces compressive residual stress onto the surface, and thus enhances the fatigue strength and life. In this study, the characteristics of the material were investigated by using water cavitaiton peening technique, and results showed that 2 minutes of water cavitation peening indicated the considerable improvement in hardness. On the other hand, over 10 minutes of water cavitation peening accelerated damages to the surface. In the case of ALBC3, water cavitation peening in the range of 2 to 10 minutes has shown the excellent durability and corrosion resistance while minimizing surface damages

  3. Sound signature of propeller tip vortex cavitation

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    Pennings, P.C.; Westerweel, J.; Van Terwisga, T.J.C.

    2015-01-01

    The design of an efficient propeller is limited by the harmful effects of cavitation. The insuffcient understanding of the role of vortex cavitation in noise and vibration reduces the maximum effciency by a necessary safety margin. The aim in the present study is to directly relate propeller cavitation sound to tip vortex cavity dynamics. This is achieved by a dedicated experiment in a cavitation tunnel on a specially designed two-bladed propeller using a high-speed video camera and a hydroph...

  4. Prediction of creep-fatigue life based on the damage mechanism of grain boundary cavitation and improvement of life by the modification of carbide characteristics in austenitic stainless steels

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    IT is understood that grain boundary cavitation is one of the detrimental processes for the degradation of austenitic stainless steels that reduces the creep-fatigue life at high temperatures. A new damage function based on a model for the creep-fatigue life prediction in terms of nucleation and growth of grain boundary cavities is proposed for austenitic stainless steel. This damage function is a combination of the fatigue and creep terms related to the cavitational damage (cavity nucleation and growth) in the life prediction equation and is found to be generally applicable to all the materials in which failure is controlled by the grain boundary cavitational damage. The cavity nucleation factor, P', which is introduced in the creep-fatigue life model, is found to be closely related with the characteristics of grain boundary carbides acting as cavity nucleation sites. The modification of carbide characteristics through grain boundary serration is successfully made by the special heat treatment so that the modified carbides are favorable for cavitation resistance, resulting in a lowered P' value of material. It is observed that the creep-fatigue life is remarkably improved by the modification of carbide characteristics through grain boundary serration

  5. Study of eddy-initiated cavitation; cavitation in a venturi: analogy between water and sodium

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    The test facilities and experimental research techniques are described: sodium loop, water loop, visualization of cavitation in water behind openings, cavitation detection. A theoretical study is then devoted to cavitation through separate bubbles, with special emphasis on flow in a venturi of gradually changing profile, and the relative motion of a cavitation bubble; a coherent model of equations describing the evolution of an isolated spherical bubble is given. A theoretical study of eddy-initiated cavitation is also presented. Finally the results of cavitation experiments carried out on the venturi line are given for sodium (at 5500, 4500, 2500) and water (at 160, 370, 570 and 700C)

  6. EROSIVE POTENTIAL OF TRAVELING BUBBLE CAVITATION IN A WATER PUMP – CFD & EXPERIMENT

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    Zima, Patrik; Sedlář, M.; Müller, M.

    Liberec : Technical University of Liberec, 2009 - (Vít, T.; Dančová, P.; Dvořák, V.), s. 432-442 ISBN 978-80-7372-538-9. [International Conference Experimental Fluid Mechanics 2009. Liberec (CZ), 25.11.2009-27.11.2009] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA101/07/1612 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20760514 Keywords : traveling bubble cavitation * erosive potential * water pump Subject RIV: BK - Fluid Dynamics

  7. A cavitation aggressiveness index within the Reynolds averaged Navier Stokes methodology for cavitating flows

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    KOUKOUVINIS P.; BERGELES G.; GAVAISES M

    2015-01-01

    The paper proposes a methodology within the Reynolds averaged Navier Stokes (RANS) solvers for cavitating flows capable of predicting the flow regions of bubble collapse and the potential aggressiveness to material damage. An aggressiveness index is introduced, called cavitation aggressiveness index (CAI) based on the total derivative of pressure which identifies surface areas exposed to bubble collapses, the index is tested in two known cases documented in the open literature and seems to identify regions of potential cavitation damage.

  8. Cavitation instabilities in hydraulic machines

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    Cavitation instabilities in hydraulic machines, hydro turbines and turbopump inducers, are reviewed focusing on the cause of instabilities. One-dimensional model of hydro turbine system shows that the overload surge is caused by the diffuser effect of the draft tube. Experiments show that this effect also causes the surge mode oscillations at part load. One dimensional model of a cavitating turbopump inducer shows that the mass flow gain factor, representing the cavity volume increase caused by the incidence angle increase is the cause of cavitation surge and rotating cavitation. Two dimensional model of a cavitating turbopump inducer shows that various modes of cavitation instabilities start to occur when the cavity length becomes about 65% of the blade spacing. This is caused by the interaction of the local flow near the cavity trailing edge with the leading edge of the next blade. It was shown by a 3D CFD that this is true also for real cases with tip cavitation. In all cases, it was shown that cavitation instabilities are caused by the fundamental characteristics of cavities that the cavity volume increases with the decrease of ambient pressure or the increase of the incidence angle

  9. Undulator Radiation Damage Experience at LCLS

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    Nuhn, H. D. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Field, C. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Mao, S. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Levashov, Y. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Santana, M. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Welch, J. N. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Wolf, Z. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)

    2015-01-06

    The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has been running the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), the first x-ray Free Electron Laser since 2009. Undulator magnet damage from radiation, produced by the electron beam traveling through the 133-m long straight vacuum tube, has been and is a concern. A damage measurement experiment has been performed in 2007 in order to obtain dose versus damage calibrations. Radiation reduction and detection devices have been integrated into the LCLS undulator system. The accumulated radiation dose rate was continuously monitored and recorded. In addition, undulator segments have been routinely removed from the beamline to be checked for magnetic (50 ppm, rms) and mechanic (about 0.25 µm, rms) changes. A reduction in strength of the undulator segments is being observed, at a level, which is now clearly above the noise. Recently, potential sources for the observed integrated radiation levels have been investigated. The paper discusses the results of these investigation as well as comparison between observed damage and measured dose accumulations and discusses, briefly, strategies for the new LCLS-II upgrade, which will be operating at more than 300 times larger beam rate.

  10. Study on cavitation in centrifugal sodium pumps for FBTR and PFBR

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    Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) which is expected to become critical shortly is a loop type reactor of 40 MW thermal capacity and has two primary and two secondary centrifugal pumps for heat removal. During the initial periods of reactor operation, the steam generator is bypassed and the secondary sodium pumps are required to operate at flows less than that at best efficiency point. This paper deals with the cavitation problems associated with operation at partial f lows, theoretical estimations and experimental cavitation measurements carried out on FBTR secondary sodium pumps. These investigations revealed that operation of FBTR pumps at this off design condition is free from cavitation damage. Cavitation experiments on a model pump for the development of large sodium pumps for a 500 MWe Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) are described in this paper

  11. A Visual Observation of Cavitating Inducer Instability

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    Kamijo, Kenjiro; Shimura, Takashi; 渡辺, 光男; WATANABE, Mitsuo; 上条, 謙二郎; 志村, 隆

    1980-01-01

    This paper presents the results of experiments on the instability of a cavitating inducer, which is considered to be closely related with the POGO phenomena in liquid propellant rockets. The present experiment employed a high speed camera for visual observations. The dynamic pressure of both the inducer upstream and downstream was also measured. The difference between rotating cavitation and cavitation induced low cycle oscillations was examined. The cavities moved around the periphery of the...

  12. New insights into the Mechanisms of Cavitation Erosion

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    Dular, M.; Petkovšek, M.

    2015-12-01

    Recently simultaneous observation of both cavitation structures and cavitation damage, has pointed to the fact that the small scale structures and the topology of the cavitation clouds play a significant role in cavitation erosive potential. Although this opened some new insights to the physics of cavitation damage, many new questions appeared. In the present study we attached a thin aluminium foil to the surface of a transparent Venturi section using two sided transparent adhesive tape. The surface was very soft - prone to be severely damaged by cavitation in a very short period of time. Using high speed cameras, which captured the images at 30000 frames per second, we simultaneously recorded cavitation structures (from several perspectives) and the surface of the foil. Analysis of the images revealed that five distinctive damage mechanisms exist - spherical cavitation cloud collapse, horseshoe cavitation cloud collapse, the “twister” cavitation cloud collapse and in addition it was found that pits also appear at the moment of cavitation cloud separation and near the stagnation point at the closure of the attached cavity.

  13. Rotating Cavitation Supression Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — FTT proposes development of a rotating cavitation (RC) suppressor for liquid rocket engine turbopump inducers. Cavitation instabilities, such as rotating...

  14. Cavitation in pumps, pipes and valves

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    The phenomenon of cavitation, often perceived as merely a nuisance, may have far more serious implications. These are discussed here. They include noise, loss of performance and damage to the constituent parts. (author)

  15. Computation and analysis of cavitating flow in Francis-class hydraulic turbines

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    Leonard, Daniel J.

    can occur more abruptly in the model than the prototype, due to lack of Froude similitude between the two. When severe cavitation occurs, clear differences are observed in vapor content between the scales. A stage-by-stage performance decomposition is conducted to analyze the losses within individual components of each scale of the machine. As cavitation becomes more severe, the losses in the draft tube account for an increasing amount of the total losses in the machine. More losses occur in the model draft tube as cavitation formation in the prototype draft tube is prevented by the larger hydrostatic pressure gradient across the machine. Additionally, unsteady Detached Eddy Simulations of the fully-coupled cavitating hydroturbine are performed for both scales. Both mesh and temporal convergence studies are provided. The temporal and spectral content of fluctuations in torque and pressure are monitored and compared between single-phase, cavitating, model, and prototype cases. A shallow draft tube induced runner imbalance results in an asymmetric vapor distribution about the runner, leading to more extensive growth and collapse of vapor on any individual blade as it undergoes a revolution. Unique frequency components manifest and persist through the entire machine only when cavitation is present in the hub vortex. Large maximum pressure spikes, which result from vapor collapse, are observed on the blade surfaces in the multiphase simulations, and these may be a potential source of cavitation damage and erosion. Multiphase CFD is shown to be an accurate and effective technique for simulating and analyzing cavitating flow in Francis-class hydraulic turbines. It is recommended that it be used as an industrial tool to supplement model cavitation experiments for all types of hydraulic turbines. Moreover, multiphase CFD can be equally effective as a research tool, to investigate mechanisms of cavitating hydraulic turbines that are not understood, and to uncover unique new

  16. Advanced experimental and numerical techniques for cavitation erosion prediction

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    Chahine, Georges; Franc, Jean-Pierre; Karimi, Ayat

    2014-01-01

    This book provides a comprehensive treatment of the cavitation erosion phenomenon and state-of-the-art research in the field. It is divided into two parts. Part 1 consists of seven chapters, offering a wide range of computational and experimental approaches to cavitation erosion. It includes a general introduction to cavitation and cavitation erosion, a detailed description of facilities and measurement techniques commonly used in cavitation erosion studies, an extensive presentation of various stages of cavitation damage (including incubation and mass loss), and insights into the contribution of computational methods to the analysis of both fluid and material behavior. The proposed approach is based on a detailed description of impact loads generated by collapsing cavitation bubbles and a physical analysis of the material response to these loads. Part 2 is devoted to a selection of nine papers presented at the International Workshop on Advanced Experimental and Numerical Techniques for Cavitation Erosion (Gr...

  17. Cavitation in Single-Vane Sewage Pumps

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    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Chair fluidsystemdynamics at TU Berlin investigated the cavitation behavior of a full-size single-vane sewage pump. Single-vane pumps are used for raw sewage with high content of dirt and sediments in larger sewage pumping stations. Cavitation measurement was done by using standard NPSH3% and the more sensitive incipient cavitation NPSHIC. Also, vibration and noise where observed. Contrary to very low NPSH3% values, very high NPSHIC values were measured. In a second step, the impeller was modified with special cavitation bores to reduce the cavitation effects. The NPSH3% values increased with cavitation bores, which underlines that this value is not a sufficient criteria describing cavitation. Using the much more sensitive NPSHIC, a significant reduction was obtained. Moreover, the cavitation formation was changed from a relative concentrated cloud to a distributed bubble form, which is much less aggressive in view of noise and erosion. Operational behavior improved with cavitation bores, noise and vibration levels especially came down to acceptable level. Practical experience demonstrates also avoidance of cavitation erosion.

  18. Surge Instability on a Cavitating Propeller

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    Duttweiler, Mark E.; Brennen, Christopher E.

    2001-01-01

    This study details experiments investigating a previously unrecognized surge instability on a cavitating propeller in a water tunnel. The surge instability is furst explored through visual observation of the cavitation on the propeller blades and in the tip vortices. Similarities between the instability and previously documented cavitation phenomena are noted. Measurements of the radiated pressure are then obtained, and the acoustic signature of the instability is identified. The magnitud...

  19. Dual pulses for cavitation control in lithotripsy: Shock wave-bubble interactions and bioeffects

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    Sokolov, Dahlia L.

    2002-08-01

    Cavitation, the growth and collapse of gas/vapor bubbles, appears to play an important role in both stone comminution and tissue injury during shock wave lithotripsy, the clinical treatment in which focused, high amplitude shock pulses are used to comminute kidney stones. The goal of this research was to characterize in vitro cavitation activity and stone and cell damage in a novel system that uses converging dual pulses, produced by two identical, confocal lithotripters, to modify the cavitation field. The cavitation bubble dynamics were numerically calculated, and experiments were performed in a research electrohydraulic shock wave lithotripter to determine bubble size, lifetime, and pit depth created in aluminum foils by cavitation collapse. Furthermore, damage to model stones and to red blood cells was measured for both single and dual-pulses. A single shock pulse creates a ˜15 x 100 mm cloud of bubbles in water. The greatest cavitation activity and stone damage from single-pulses was found to occur 2 cm proximal to the geometric focus, F2, where the stone is normally aligned. Therefore, a 2 cm shift in stone alignment may potentially improve stone comminution and reduce tissue injury in clinical treatment. The dual-pulse lithotripter, on the other hand, generates a localized and intensified cavitation field that increased stone comminution efficiency at F2 by at least three times the maximum values achieved by single-pulses. At F2, acoustic pressure approximately doubled, as did bubble size, collapse time, and pit depth on foils. A significant reduction in comminution of stones suspended in glycerol indicates that cavitation activity, not the doubling of acoustic pressure, explains the increased comminution. On either side of F2, the second delayed pulse mitigated bubble collapse, resulting in little or no pitting on foils and reduced hemolysis, even when compared with single pulses. Numerical calculations of radial dynamics agreed with experimental findings

  20. Quantum Cavitation

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    Zizzi, Paola; Cardone, Fabio

    2010-01-01

    We consider the theoretical setting of a superfluid like 3He in a rotating container, which is set between the two layers of a type-II superconductor. We describe the superfluid vortices as a 2-dimensional Ising-like model on a triangular lattice in presence of local magnetic fields. The interaction term of the superfluid vortices with the Abrikosov vortices of the superconductor appears then as a symmetry breaking term in the free energy. Such a term gives a higher probability of quantum tunnelling across the potential barrier for bubbles nucleation, thus favouring quantum cavitation.

  1. Cavitation erosion in a 400 deg. C sodium flow

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    This paper presents the results of cavitation erosion tests conducted in the Cavitation Tunnel at the Cadarache Nuclear Research Center. The CANASTA system was used for acoustic monitoring of cavitation noise during the experiments. Comparative results are also presented for sodium and water tests. (author)

  2. Cavitation and Bubble Formation in Water Distribution Systems

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    Novak, Julia Ann

    2005-01-01

    Gaseous cavitation is examined from a practical and theoretical standpoint. Classical cavitation experiments which disregard dissolved gas are not directly relevant to natural water systems and require a redefined cavitation inception number which considers dissolved gases. In a pressurized water distribution system, classical cavitation is only expected to occur at extreme negative pressure caused by water hammer or at certain valves. Classical theory does not describe some practical phen...

  3. Cavitation instability in bulk metallic glasses

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    Dai L.H.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Recent experiments have shown that fracture surfaces of bulk metallic glasses (BMGs usually exhibit an intriguing nanoscale corrugation like fractographic feature mediated by nanoscale void formation. We attribute the onset of this nanoscale corrugation to TTZs (tension transformation zones mediated cavitation. In our recent study, the spall experiments of Zr-based BMG using a single-stage light gas gun were performed. To uncover the mechanisms of the spallation damage nucleation and evolution, the samples were designed to be subjected to dynamic tensile loadings of identical amplitude but with different durations by making use of the multi-stress pulse and the double-flyer techniques. It is clearly revealed that the macroscopic spall fracture in BMGs originates from the nucleation, growth and coalescence of micro-voids. Then, a microvoid nucleation model of BMGs based on free volume theory is proposed, which indicates that the nucleation of microvoids at the early stage of spallation in BMGs is resulted from diffusion and coalescence of free volume. Furthermore, a theoretical model of void growth in BMGs undergoing remote dynamic hydrostatic tension is developed. The critical condition of cavitation instability is obtained. It is found that dynamic void growth in BMGs can be well controlled by a dimensionless inertial number characterizing the competition between intrinsic and extrinsic time scales. To unveil the atomic-level mechanism of cavitation, a systematic molecular dynamics (MD simulation of spallation behaviour of a binary metallic glass with different impact velocities was performed. It is found that micro-void nucleation is determined TTZs while the growth is controlled by shear transformation zones (STZs at atomic scale.

  4. Cavitation instability in bulk metallic glasses

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    Dai, L. H.; Huang, X.; Ling, Z.

    2015-09-01

    Recent experiments have shown that fracture surfaces of bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) usually exhibit an intriguing nanoscale corrugation like fractographic feature mediated by nanoscale void formation. We attribute the onset of this nanoscale corrugation to TTZs (tension transformation zones) mediated cavitation. In our recent study, the spall experiments of Zr-based BMG using a single-stage light gas gun were performed. To uncover the mechanisms of the spallation damage nucleation and evolution, the samples were designed to be subjected to dynamic tensile loadings of identical amplitude but with different durations by making use of the multi-stress pulse and the double-flyer techniques. It is clearly revealed that the macroscopic spall fracture in BMGs originates from the nucleation, growth and coalescence of micro-voids. Then, a microvoid nucleation model of BMGs based on free volume theory is proposed, which indicates that the nucleation of microvoids at the early stage of spallation in BMGs is resulted from diffusion and coalescence of free volume. Furthermore, a theoretical model of void growth in BMGs undergoing remote dynamic hydrostatic tension is developed. The critical condition of cavitation instability is obtained. It is found that dynamic void growth in BMGs can be well controlled by a dimensionless inertial number characterizing the competition between intrinsic and extrinsic time scales. To unveil the atomic-level mechanism of cavitation, a systematic molecular dynamics (MD) simulation of spallation behaviour of a binary metallic glass with different impact velocities was performed. It is found that micro-void nucleation is determined TTZs while the growth is controlled by shear transformation zones (STZs) at atomic scale.

  5. Cavitation inception from bubble nuclei

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    Mørch, Knud Aage

    2015-01-01

    experimental investigations of bubbles and cavitation inception have been presented. These results suggest that cavitation nuclei in equilibrium are gaseous voids in the water, stabilized by a skin which allows diffusion balance between gas inside the void and gas in solution in the surrounding liquid. The...... cavitation nuclei may be free gas bubbles in the bulk of water, or interfacial gaseous voids located on the surface of particles in the water, or on bounding walls. The tensile strength of these nuclei depends not only on the water quality but also on the pressure-time history of the water. A recent model...... and associated experiments throw new light on the effects of transient pressures on the tensile strength of water, which may be notably reduced or increased by such pressure changes....

  6. Thermodynamic effects on limited cavitation

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    Experimental and theoretical data are presented for limited cavitation on hemispherical-nosed bodies in water and Freon 113. The experiments were conducted with 0.25 inch and 0.50 inch diameter models over a temperature range and velocity range of 80-260 deg F and 40-130fps, respectively. In general the experimental data do not display the decrease in cavitation number with temperature as predicted by the theory. It is feld that at least part of the differences between experimental and theoretical data are due to the effects of non condensable gas, laminar separation and boundary layer transition

  7. Damage Analysis for Hypervelocity Impact Experiments on Spaceship Windows Glass

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    Hewei P.

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The hypervelocity impact characteristics in fused silica glass, which is used for the outermost pane of the windshield as the critical part of the thermal protection system of spacecraft, were studied by 37 impact experiments with different millimeter diameter projectiles up to the velocity of 7 km/s launched by two stage light-gas-gun facility. The empirical damage equations were obtained from experiment data by the least square method and they were compared with NASA damage equations.

  8. Damage Analysis for Hypervelocity Impact Experiments on Spaceship Windows Glass

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    Hewei P.; Zizheng G.; Jidong Z.; Jiyun Y.

    2010-01-01

    The hypervelocity impact characteristics in fused silica glass, which is used for the outermost pane of the windshield as the critical part of the thermal protection system of spacecraft, were studied by 37 impact experiments with different millimeter diameter projectiles up to the velocity of 7 km/s launched by two stage light-gas-gun facility. The empirical damage equations were obtained from experiment data by the least square method and they were compared with NASA damage equations.

  9. Prediction of cavitation erosion for marine applications

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    Maquil, T.; Yakubov, S.; Rung, T.

    2015-12-01

    The paper presents the development of a cavitation erosion prediction method. The approach is tailored to marine applications and embedded into a VoF-based procedure for the simulation of turbulent flows. Supplementary to the frequently employed Euler-Euler models, Euler-Lagrange approaches are employed to simulate cavitation. The study aims to convey the merits of an Euler-Lagrange approach for erosion simulations. Accordingly, the erosion model is able to separate different damage mechanisms, e.g. micro-jets, single and collective bubble collapse, and also quantifies their contribution to the total damage. Emphasis is devoted to the prediction of the cavitation extend, the influence of compressible effects and the performance of the material damage model in practical applications. Examples included refer to 2D validation test cases and reveal a fair predictive accuracy.

  10. Cavitation in Hydraulic Machinery

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    Kjeldsen, M.

    1996-11-01

    The main purpose of this doctoral thesis on cavitation in hydraulic machinery is to change focus towards the coupling of non-stationary flow phenomena and cavitation. It is argued that, in addition to turbulence, superimposed sound pressure fluctuations can have a major impact on cavitation and lead to particularly severe erosion. For the design of hydraulic devices this finding may indicate how to further limit the cavitation problems. Chapter 1 reviews cavitation in general in the context of hydraulic machinery, emphasizing the initial cavitation event and the role of the water quality. Chapter 2 discusses the existence of pressure fluctuations for situations common in such machinery. Chapter 3 on cavitation dynamics presents an algorithm for calculating the nucleation of a cavity cluster. Chapter 4 describes the equipment used in this work. 53 refs., 55 figs.,10 tabs.

  11. Cavitation erosion behavior of nickel-aluminum bronze weldment

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    李小亚; 闫永贵; 许振明; 李建国

    2003-01-01

    Cavitation erosion behavior of nickel-aluminum bronze(NAB)weldment in 3.5% NaCl aqueous solution was studied by magnetostrictive vibratory device for cavitation erosion.The results show that cavitation erosion resistance of the weld zone(WZ)of the weldment is superior to that of the base metal.SEM observation of eroded specimens reveals that the phases undergoing selective attack by the stress of cavitation erosion at the early stage of cavitation erosion are:martensite in the WZ,α phase in the heat-affected zone(HAZ)and eutectoidal phase in the base metal; the microcracks causing cavitation damage initiate at the phase boundaries.

  12. Analyses of cavitation instabilities in ductile metals

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    Tvergaard, Viggo

    Cavitation instabilities have been predicted for a single void in a ductile metal stressed under high triaxiality conditions. In experiments for a ceramic reinforced by metal particles a single dominant void has been observed on the fracture surface of some of the metal particles bridging a crack...... for the influence of such size-effects on cavitation instabilities are presented. When a metal contains a distribution of micro voids, and the void spacing compared to void size is not extremely large, the surrounding voids may affect the occurrence of a cavitation instability at one of the voids...

  13. Experience-Dependent Neural Plasticity in the Adult Damaged Brain

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    Kerr, Abigail L.; Cheng, Shao-Ying; Jones, Theresa A.

    2011-01-01

    Behavioral experience is at work modifying the structure and function of the brain throughout the lifespan, but it has a particularly dramatic influence after brain injury. This review summarizes recent findings on the role of experience in reorganizing the adult damaged brain, with a focus on findings from rodent stroke models of chronic upper…

  14. CORA-13 experiment on severe fuel damage

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    The major objectives of the experiment were to investigate the behavior of PWR fuel elements during early core degradation and fast cooldown due to refill. Measured quantities are boundary conditions, bundle temperatures, hydrogen generation and the final bundle configuration. Boundary conditions which could not be measured, but which are necessary for simplified test simulation (axial power profile, shroud insulation temperature, bundle refill flow) were estimated using ATHLET-CD. The capability of the codes in calculating the main degradation phenomena has been clearly illustrated and weaknesses concerning the modelling of some degradation processes have been identified. Among the degradation phenomena involved in the test, the more severe limitations concern the UO2-ZrO2 dissolution by molten Zr, the solubility limits in the resulting U-Zr-O mixture and the cladding failure by the molten mixture. There is a lack concerning the Inconel spacer-grid interactions with the rods, the material interaction between control rod material and fuel rods, and in the modelling of hydrogen generation during cooldown. (orig./DG)

  15. Cavitation inception from bubble nuclei.

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    Mørch, K A

    2015-10-01

    The tensile strength of ordinary water such as tap water or seawater is typically well below 1 bar. It is governed by cavitation nuclei in the water, not by the tensile strength of the water itself, which is extremely high. Different models of the nuclei have been suggested over the years, and experimental investigations of bubbles and cavitation inception have been presented. These results suggest that cavitation nuclei in equilibrium are gaseous voids in the water, stabilized by a skin which allows diffusion balance between gas inside the void and gas in solution in the surrounding liquid. The cavitation nuclei may be free gas bubbles in the bulk of water, or interfacial gaseous voids located on the surface of particles in the water, or on bounding walls. The tensile strength of these nuclei depends not only on the water quality but also on the pressure-time history of the water. A recent model and associated experiments throw new light on the effects of transient pressures on the tensile strength of water, which may be notably reduced or increased by such pressure changes. PMID:26442138

  16. FOREWORD: International Symposium of Cavitation and Multiphase Flow (ISCM 2014)

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    Wu, Yulin

    2015-01-01

    multiphase flow detection Fluid-structure interaction induced by cavitation and multiphase flow Multi-scale modelling of cavitating flows and Multiphase Flow Cavitation nuclei: theory and experiments Supercavitation and its applications Synergetic effects of cavitation and silt-laden erosion Shock waves and microjets generated by cavitation Nonlinear oscillations of gas and vapour bubbles Fundamentals of physics of acoustic cavitation Sonochemistry and sonoluminescence Biomedical applications of cavitation effects Ultrasonic cavitation for molten metal treatment Cavitation for enhanced heat transfer The ISCM 2014 brought together 95 scientists, researchers and graduate students from 11 countries, affiliated with universities, technology centers and industrial firms to debate topics related to advanced technologies for cavitation and Multiphase Flow, which would enhance the sustainable development of cavitation and Multiphase Flow in interdisciplinary sciences and technology. The technical committee selected 54 technical papers on the following topics: (i) Hydrodynamic Cavitation, (ii) Super Cavitation, (iii) Pump Cavitation, (iv) Acoustic Cavitation, (v) Interdisciplinary Research of Cavitation and Multi-Phase Flows, and 13 invited plenary and invited forum lectures, which were presented at the symposium, to be included in the proceedings. All the papers of ISCM 2014, which are published in this Volume of IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, had been peer reviewed through processes administered by the editors of the ISCM 2014, those are Yulin WU, Shouqi YUAN, Zhengwei WANG, Shuhong LIU, Xingqi LUO, Fujun WANG and Guoyu WANG. The papers published in this Volume include 54 technical papers and 3 full length texts of the invited lectures. We sincerely hope that the International Symposium on Cavitation and Multiphase Flow is a significant step forward in the world wide efforts to address the present challenges in the modern science and technology. Professor

  17. Cavitation measurements on a pump-turbine model

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    Schmidt, H.; Kirschner, O.; Riedelbauch, S.

    2015-12-01

    When a hydraulic turbine is operated at off-design conditions, cavitation on the runner and other machine parts can occur. Vibration, noise and erosion caused by cavitation can damage the turbine and lead to a limitation of the operational range. To avoid damage of the turbine, it is fundamental to get knowledge of the presence of cavitation. In this paper, the acoustic emissions at a pump-turbine model at different operating conditions with and without the presence of cavitation were recorded and analysed. High speed video recordings were carried out simultaneously to validate the acoustic measurements. The main goal of the investigation was to compare the acoustic emissions with the visual observations at operating conditions with cavitation on the leading edge of the turbine runner. The analysis of the recorded signals and the visual observations are in good accordance for the investigated operating points.

  18. Research on the characteristics of quasi-steady cavitation in a centrifugal pump

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    Lu, J. X.; Yuan, S. Q.; Li, X. J.; Si, Q. R.; Luo, Y.

    2015-01-01

    With the pressure decreasing, the process of cavitation in a centrifugal pump could be summarized as incipient cavitation, quasi-steady cavitation and unsteady cavitation. Quasi-steady cavitation is the condition that is between the incipient cavitation and unsteady cavitation in a centrifugal pump. Under this condition, the intensity of cavitation is relatively weak, and the head of the pump almost remains unchanged, but the cavitation exists, causing damage to the impeller by pitting and erosion. So it is important to investigate the quasi-steady cavitation. In this paper, both the numerical and experimental methods had been carried out to investigate the characteristics of quasi-steady cavitation. The internal flow in the pump, the performance of cavitation and the inlet and outlet pressure pulsation of the pump measured through experimental method have been studied under different NPSHa conditions. It was found that the head decreases about 0.77%-1.38% from non-cavitation condition and it could be regarded as the quasi-steady cavitation. Little change has been found from the internal flow between non-cavitation condition and quasi-steady cavitation condition. The period of inlet pressure pulsation changes from the time that the blade passes by to the period of shaft rotating with the development of cavitation. The dominant frequency of the inlet pressure pulsation is two times of shaft frequency whose amplitudes decrease firstly and then increase to a peak value, followed by a decrease to a low value in quasi-steady cavitation conditions. The dominant frequency of the outlet pressure pulsation is blade passing frequency whose amplitudes increase firstly and then decrease gradually with the decrease of NPSHa.

  19. Cavitation simulation on marine propellers

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    Shin, Keun Woo

    Cavitation on marine propellers causes thrust breakdown, noise, vibration and erosion. The increasing demand for high-efficiency propellers makes it difficult to avoid the occurrence of cavitation. Currently, practical analysis of propeller cavitation depends on cavitation tunnel test, empirical...... are investigated, and one of the cavitation models is verified for the cavitation simulation on marine propellers. Three cavitation models with a vapor transport equation and a cavitation model with a barotropic state law are implemented in the in-house RANS solver, EllipSys. The numerical results for...

  20. Pump cavitation and inducer design

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    Details of past work on sodium pump development and cavitation studies executed mainly for SNR 300 were reported earlier. Among the requirements for large sodium pumps are long life (200000 hours up to 300000 hours) and small size of impeller and pump, fully meeting the process and design criteria. These criteria are the required 'Q, H, r characteristics' in combination with a low NPSH value and the avoidance of cavitation damage to the pump. The pump designer has to develop a sound hydraulic combination consisting of suction arrangement, impeller design and diffuser. On the other hand the designer is free to choose an optimal pump speed. The pump speed in its turn influences the rotor dynamic pump design and the pump drive. The introduction of the inducer as an integral part of the pump design is based on following advantages: no tip cavitation; (possible) cavitation bubbles move to the open centre due to centrifugal forces on the fluid; the head of the inducer improves the inlet conditions of the impeller. The aim of an inducer is the increase in the suction specific speed (SA value) of a pump whereby the inducer functions as a pressure source improving the impeller inlet conditions. With inducer-impeller combinations values up to SA=15000 are realistic. With the use of an inducer the overall pump sizes can be reduced with Ca. 30%. Pumps commonly available have SA values up to a maximum of ca. 10000. A development programme was executed for SNR 300 in order to reach an increase of the suction specific speed of the impeller from SA 8200 to SA 11000. Further studies to optimize pumps design for the follow up line introduced the 'inducer acting as a pre-impeller' development. This programme was executed in the period 1979-1981. At the FDO premises a scale 1 2.8 inducer impeller combination with a suction specific speed SA=15000 was developed, constructed and tested at the water test rig. This water test rig is equipped with a perspex pipe allowing also visualisation

  1. A neural-wavelet methodology for pump cavitation detection

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    Cavitation occurs when the local absolute static pressure of a fluid drops below vapor pressure. Bubbles appear and collapse, creating a high pressure pulse where the pressure recovers above the vapor pressure. The collapse manifests itself with noise and vibration, which may also cause serious structural damage. Additionally, the hydraulic effect of pump cavitation makes the pump performance drop below its expected values, producing lower head and flow. Therefore, it is required to develop a non-intrusive, reliable and low cost methodology to detect incipient cavitation before it causes severe consequences. Valve suppression method has been applied to induce cavitation in a pump. This method is usually used to test net point suction head required (NPSHr) of a pump at various flow rates, reducing the suction pressure by throttling the valve on the line of pump suction. Based on the assumption that cavitation influences the pressure fluctuations, a pressure sensor is installed on the downstream of the pump discharge to collect the pressure signal. Cavitation and non-cavitation signals are collected from the pressure sensor. These signals can not be analyzed by conventional spectrum estimation, which is based on the Fourier transform. Instead, the signal features are better represented by subtle changes in the intrinsic fractal structures of the signal caused by cavitation disturbance. Wavelet coefficients are able to pick up the small pressure disturbance caused by cavitation. Also, theoretical analysis further indicates that variance of wavelet coefficients at each scale is a good measure of the disturbance. The feature vectors for each signal formed by calculating wavelet coefficients variance over time at each scale are applied to neural network as training data and testing data. A signal can thus be classified as cavitation or non-cavitation using an adequately trained neural network. The developed algorithm is proven sensitive and accurate for incipient

  2. Experience-dependent neural plasticity in the adult damaged brain

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    Kerr, Abigail L.; Cheng, Shao-Ying; Jones, Theresa A.

    2011-01-01

    Behavioral experience is at work modifying the structure and function of the brain throughout the lifespan, but it has a particularly dramatic influence after brain injury. This review summarizes recent findings on the role of experience in reorganizing the adult damaged brain, with a focus on findings from rodent stroke models of chronic upper extremity (hand and arm) impairments. A prolonged and widespread process of repair and reorganization of surviving neural circuits is instigated by in...

  3. Classification of lubricants according to cavitation criteria

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    Meged, Y.; Venner, C.H.; Napel, ten W.E

    1995-01-01

    Cavitation in lubrication liquids has long been known to be detrimental to components in hydraulic systems. Damage has been detected in journal bearings, especially under severe dynamic loading, gears, squeeze film dampers and valves. These findings have led to intensive studies of metal resistance

  4. Method of similarity for cavitation

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    The knowledge of possible cavitation in subassembly nozzles of the fast reactor core implies the realization of a fluid dynamic model test. We propose a method of similarity based on the non-dimensionalization of the equation of motion for viscous capillarity fluid issued from the Cahn and Hilliard model. Taking into account the dissolved gas effect, a condition of compatibility is determined. This condition must be respected by the fluid in experiment, along with the scaling between the two similar flows. (author)

  5. Instrumentation needs in LWR severe fuel damage experiments

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    The Class 9 type nuclear accident is defined and the Three Mile Island type accident and proposed Idaho National Engineering Laboratory experiment series are described in some detail. Different types of severe fuel damage experiments are briefly discussed in order to show typical measurement requirements. General instrumentation needs and problems encountered in Class 9 accident research are outlined. It is concluded that the extremely high temperatures, high nuclear radiation fields, and oxidizing atmosphere will necessitate instrument development programs. Noncontact type sensing will be necessary in most of the molten core experiments

  6. Mechanisms of thrombolysis acceleration by cavitation

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    Weiss, Hope; Selvaraj, Prashanth; Ahadi, Golnaz; Voie, Arne; Hoelscher, Thilo; Okita, Kohei; Matsumoto, Yoichiro; Szeri, Andrew

    2012-11-01

    Recent studies, in vitro and in vivo, have shown that High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) accelerates thrombolysis, the dissolution of blood clots, for ischemic stroke. Although the mechanisms are not fully understood, cavitation is thought to play an important role in sonothrombolysis. The damage to a blood clot's fibrin fiber network from cavitation in a HIFU field is studied using two independent approaches for an embedded bubble. One method is extended to the more important scenario of a bubble outside a blood clot that collapses asymmetrically creating a jet towards the clot. There is significantly more damage potential from a bubble undergoing cavitation collapse outside the clot compared to a rapidly expanding bubble embedded within the clot structure. Also, the effects of the physical properties of skull bone when a HIFU wave propagates through it are examined by use of computer simulation. The dynamics of a test bubble placed at the focus is used in understanding of the pressure field. All other things being equal, the analysis suggests that skull thickness can alter the wave at the focus, which in turn can change the nature of cavitation bubble dynamics and the amount of energy available for clot damage. Now at MSOE.

  7. Study of the cavitating instability on a grooved Venturi profile

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    Danlos, Amélie; Ravelet, Florent; Coutier-Delgosha, Olivier; Bakir, Farid

    2012-01-01

    Cavitation is a limiting phenomenon in many domains of fluid mechanics. Instabilities of a partial cavity developed on an hydrofoil, a converging-diverging step or in an inter-blade channel in turbomachinery, have already been investigated and described in many previous works. The aim of this study is to evaluate a passive control method of the sheet cavity. According to operating conditions, cavitation can be described by two different regimes: an unstable regime with a cloud cavitation shedding and a stable regime with only a pulsating sheet cavity. Avoiding cloud cavitation can limit structure damages since a pulsating sheet cavity is less agressive. The surface condition of a converging-diverging step, like a Venturi-type obstacle, is here studied as a solution for a passive control of the cavitation. This study discusses the effect of an organized roughness, in the shape of longitudinal grooves, on the developed sheet cavity. Analyzes conducted with Laser Doppler Velocimetry, visualisations and pressure ...

  8. Theoretical model for cavitation erosion prediction in centrifugal pump impeller

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    Cavitation is known to have great effects on pump hydraulic and mechanical characteristics. These effects are mainly described by deviation in pump performance, increasing vibration and noise level as well as erosion of blade and casing materials. In the present work, only the hydrodynamic aspect of cavitation was considered. The efforts were directed toward the study of cavitation inception, cavity mechanics and material erosion in order to clarify the macrohydrodynamic aspects of cavitation erosive wear in real machines. As a result of this study, it was found that cavitation damage can be predicted from model data. The obtained theoretical results show good agreement with the experimental results obtained in this investigation and with results of some other investigations. The application of the findings of this work will help the design engineer in predicting the erosion rate, according to the different operating conditions. (author)

  9. Paint Test for Centifugal Pump Cavitation

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    The cavitation phenomenon in centrifugal pumps is occurred when the static pressure within the pumps decreases below the boiling pressure of the fluid. This can cause severe damages or failures of the pumps such as the impeller wear or the pump degradation. Many researches to resolve the problem have been performed. Gluich carried out wear prediction based on the Cooper's empirical relation on a cavity length. Grist suggested paint test as a useful tool to measure the cavity length. In the present study, a fluid test system is made, which can create cavitation artificially. A series of visualization tests for cavitation erosion using various paints are made. By comparing the paint test results and the Cooper's correlation, the effectiveness of the paint test for the cavity length estimation is noted

  10. Towards numerical prediction of cavitation erosion.

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    Fivel, Marc; Franc, Jean-Pierre; Chandra Roy, Samir

    2015-10-01

    This paper is intended to provide a potential basis for a numerical prediction of cavitation erosion damage. The proposed method can be divided into two steps. The first step consists in determining the loading conditions due to cavitation bubble collapses. It is shown that individual pits observed on highly polished metallic samples exposed to cavitation for a relatively small time can be considered as the signature of bubble collapse. By combining pitting tests with an inverse finite-element modelling (FEM) of the material response to a representative impact load, loading conditions can be derived for each individual bubble collapse in terms of stress amplitude (in gigapascals) and radial extent (in micrometres). This step requires characterizing as accurately as possible the properties of the material exposed to cavitation. This characterization should include the effect of strain rate, which is known to be high in cavitation erosion (typically of the order of several thousands s(-1)). Nanoindentation techniques as well as compressive tests at high strain rate using, for example, a split Hopkinson pressure bar test system may be used. The second step consists in developing an FEM approach to simulate the material response to the repetitive impact loads determined in step 1. This includes a detailed analysis of the hardening process (isotropic versus kinematic) in order to properly account for fatigue as well as the development of a suitable model of material damage and failure to account for mass loss. Although the whole method is not yet fully operational, promising results are presented that show that such a numerical method might be, in the long term, an alternative to correlative techniques used so far for cavitation erosion prediction. PMID:26442139

  11. ITER transient consequences for material damage: modelling versus experiments

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    Carbon-fibre composite (CFC) and tungsten macrobrush armours are foreseen as PFC for the ITER divertor. In ITER the main mechanisms of metallic armour damage remain surface melting and melt motion erosion. In the case of CFC armour, due to rather different heat conductivities of CFC fibres a noticeable erosion of the PAN bundles may occur at rather small heat loads. Experiments carried out in the plasma gun facilities QSPA-T for the ITER like edge localized mode (ELM) heat load also demonstrated significant erosion of the frontal and lateral brush edges. Numerical simulations of the CFC and tungsten (W) macrobrush target damage accounting for the heat loads at the face and lateral brush edges were carried out for QSPA-T conditions using the three-dimensional (3D) code PHEMOBRID. The modelling results of CFC damage are in a good qualitative and quantitative agreement with the experiments. Estimation of the droplet splashing caused by the Kelvin-Helmholtz (KH) instability was performed

  12. Cavitation During Superplastic Forming

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    John Campbell

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Cavitation is the opening of pores during superplastic forming, typically at grain boundary triple points or on second phase grain boundary particles during slip of grain boundaries. Theories for the initiation of cavitation are reviewed. It seems that cavitation is unlikely to occur by processes intrinsic to metals such as dislocation mechanisms or point defect condensation. It is proposed that cavitation can only occur at non-bonded interfaces such as those introduced extrinsically (i.e., from the outside during the original casting of the metal. These defects, known as oxide bifilms, are naturally introduced during pouring of the liquid metal, and are frozen into the solid, often pushed by dendritic growth into grain boundaries where they are difficult to detect because of their extreme thinness, often measured in nanometres. Their unbonded central interface acts as a crack and can initiate cavitation. Second phase precipitates probably do not nucleate and grow on grain boundaries but grow on bifilms in the boundaries, explaining the apparent association between boundaries, second phase particles and failure initiation. Improved melting and casting techniques can provide metal with reduced or zero bifilm population for which cavitation would not be possible, promising significant improvements in superplastic behaviour.

  13. Cavitation characteristics of pit structure in ultrasonic field

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    BAI LiXin; XU WeiLin; ZHANG FaXing; LI NaiWen; ZHANG YiChi; HUANG DeFa

    2009-01-01

    Bubble collecting, bubble holding and micro-bubble ejecting characteristics of pit structure and the influence of cavitation bubble on the development of erosion pit are investigated by means of highspeed photography experiments. Pits tend to collect and hold wandering cavitation bubbles. The air holding phenomenon of pits can be a destination of the incubation period in the process of cavitation erosion. The holding bubble tends to eject micro-bubbles from the top of holding cavitation bubble,making the pit a source of nuclei. With bubbles being held in pits, the diameters of pits increase rapidly.But in the given experiment condition, there is a specific stable value beyond which the diameter of pits will not increase. This characteristic will be helpful in understanding and predicting the cavitation erosion process.

  14. Evaluation of creep damage in power plant applications

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    Auerkari, P.; Salonen, J. [VTT Manufacturing Technology, Espoo (Finland)] McNiven, U. [IVO Generation Services Ltd., Naantali (Finland)] Roennberg, J. [Imatran Voima Oy, Vantaa (Finland)] Borggreen, K. [FORCE Institute, Broendby (Germany)

    1997-12-31

    Metallographic inspection of creep cavitation damage provides routine support for maintenance scheduling of high temperature components in power plants. The available European inspection experience has been reviewed, particularly considering the performance of thick-section steam systems outside the boiler. Applications are highlighted with examples from plant. (orig.) 8 refs.

  15. Rudder gap cavitation: Fundamental understanding and its suppression devices

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    With the increasing size and speed of cargo ships, which results in high speed flow in propeller slipstream, cavitation is frequently observed on and around the rudder system. Among the various types of cavitation on the rudder system, the rudder gap cavitation is the most difficult one to control and suppress. For the development of rudder gap cavitation suppression devices, both experimental and numerical analyses of the physical phenomenon are warranted. In the present study, experiments of the incipient cavitation and pressure measurement were carried out for typical cargo ship rudder sections with and without the suppression devices, which were suggested by the author. The experiments were simulated using computational fluid dynamics tools and the results were compared in terms of the cavitation inception and surface pressure distribution. Fundamental understanding of the rudder gap cavitation inception was obtained along with its relevance to the surface pressure distribution. It is confirmed that the gap flow blocking devices effectively suppress the rudder gap cavitation and, at the same time, augment lift.

  16. Visualization of unsteady behavior of cavitation in circular cylindrical orifice with abruptly expanding part

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    Cavitation problems in plant's piping system have been investigated on the basis of high-speed observation. Cavitation is one of the important factors with potential damage in piping system at nuclear power plant. In a power plant, there is cavitation occurrence to be expected in some local places such as an orifice, a valve and a pressure reducer. We have investigated about unsteady behavior and impact of cavitation in a long orifice with an abruptly expanding pipe. In this study, some detailed cavitation behaviors are observed by varying cavitating condition in the orifice throat and downstream of the orifice. High-speed behaviors of cavitation are observed by means of a high-speed video camera with a laser sheet in order to observe the inside of the circular orifice. Then images are analyzed using a frame difference method. As a result, we observe a series of cavitation developing process with decrease in cavitation number such as 1: cavitation inception occurs at the inlet of orifice, 2: cavitation develops in the throat of the orifice, 3: large-scale cavitation clouds appear downstream of the orifice, 4: liquid jet appears when the pressure downstream of the orifice decrease to about vapor pressure. Cavitation clouds in a circular cylindrical orifice with abruptly expanding part show some unsteadiness even in the steady operating condition. Cavitation clouds also show a large-scale shedding behavior in the transition stage to a liquid jet condition. In addition, we observe that the interface instability of a liquid jet downstream of the orifice depends on the cavitation instability in the orifice throat. (author)

  17. Cavitation guide for control valves

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    Tullis, J.P. [Tullis Engineering Consultants, Logan, UT (United States)

    1993-04-01

    This guide teaches the basic fundamentals of cavitation to provide the reader with an understanding of what causes cavitation, when it occurs, and the potential problems cavitation can cause to a valve and piping system. The document provides guidelines for understanding how to reduce the cavitation and/or select control valves for a cavitating system. The guide provides a method for predicting the cavitation intensity of control valves, and how the effect of cavitation on a system will vary with valve type, valve function, valve size, operating pressure, duration of operation and details of the piping installation. The guide defines six cavitation limits identifying cavitation intensities ranging from inception to the maximum intensity possible. The intensity of the cavitation at each limit Is described, including a brief discussion of how each level of cavitation influences the valve and system. Examples are included to demonstrate how to apply the method, including making both size and pressure scale effects corrections. Methods of controlling cavitation are discussed providing information on various techniques which can be used to design a new system or modify an existing one so it can operate at a desired level of cavitation.

  18. Cavitation guide for control valves

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    This guide teaches the basic fundamentals of cavitation to provide the reader with an understanding of what causes cavitation, when it occurs, and the potential problems cavitation can cause to a valve and piping system. The document provides guidelines for understanding how to reduce the cavitation and/or select control valves for a cavitating system. The guide provides a method for predicting the cavitation intensity of control valves, and how the effect of cavitation on a system will vary with valve type, valve function, valve size, operating pressure, duration of operation and details of the piping installation. The guide defines six cavitation limits identifying cavitation intensities ranging from inception to the maximum intensity possible. The intensity of the cavitation at each limit Is described, including a brief discussion of how each level of cavitation influences the valve and system. Examples are included to demonstrate how to apply the method, including making both size and pressure scale effects corrections. Methods of controlling cavitation are discussed providing information on various techniques which can be used to design a new system or modify an existing one so it can operate at a desired level of cavitation

  19. Visualization of cavitating micro jets

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    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available The paper deals with one experimental set up integrated for research of the cavitating micro flows, which is incipient behind the micro channel or micro discharge nozzle outlet port. Experimental system is integrated from three major systems: hydraulic circuit with installed discharge nozzle (or micro channel, subsystem for data acquisition and data processing (DAQ system and vision system compound of high speed video camera and pulse light source with highfrequency repetition. First few results of experiments (parameters such as inlet pressure, downstream pressure were changed is also discussed.;

  20. Outlet Conditions Causing Cavitation in the Invert of an Open Channel

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    1999-01-01

    This paper experimentally analyzes the causes of cavitation damage in the in vert of an open channel. Results show that cavitation in the invert is mainly du e to the maximum boundary shear occurring at the downstream tangential point of the invert, and the critical hydraulic condition causing cavitation occurs when the dimensionless parameter η=q/(Gh3/2) is equal to 0.015. An improved configuration of the invert is then developed.

  1. Cavitation problems in sodium valves

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    Cavitation poses few problems for sodium valves, in spite of the fact that the loops are not pressurized. This is no doubt due to the low flow velocities in the pipes. For auxiliary loop valves we are attempting to standardize performances with respect to cavitation. For economic reasons cavitation thresholds are approached with large diameter valves. (author)

  2. Cavitation erosion prediction based on analysis of flow dynamics and impact load spectra

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    Mihatsch, Michael S., E-mail: michael.mihatsch@aer.mw.tum.de; Schmidt, Steffen J.; Adams, Nikolaus A. [Institute of Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics, Technische Universität München, Boltzmannstr. 15, D-85748 Garching (Germany)

    2015-10-15

    Cavitation erosion is the consequence of repeated collapse-induced high pressure-loads on a material surface. The present paper assesses the prediction of impact load spectra of cavitating flows, i.e., the rate and intensity distribution of collapse events based on a detailed analysis of flow dynamics. Data are obtained from a numerical simulation which employs a density-based finite volume method, taking into account the compressibility of both phases, and resolves collapse-induced pressure waves. To determine the spectrum of collapse events in the fluid domain, we detect and quantify the collapse of isolated vapor structures. As reference configuration we consider the expansion of a liquid into a radially divergent gap which exhibits unsteady sheet and cloud cavitation. Analysis of simulation data shows that global cavitation dynamics and dominant flow events are well resolved, even though the spatial resolution is too coarse to resolve individual vapor bubbles. The inviscid flow model recovers increasingly fine-scale vapor structures and collapses with increasing resolution. We demonstrate that frequency and intensity of these collapse events scale with grid resolution. Scaling laws based on two reference lengths are introduced for this purpose. We show that upon applying these laws impact load spectra recorded on experimental and numerical pressure sensors agree with each other. Furthermore, correlation between experimental pitting rates and collapse-event rates is found. Locations of high maximum wall pressures and high densities of collapse events near walls obtained numerically agree well with areas of erosion damage in the experiment. The investigation shows that impact load spectra of cavitating flows can be inferred from flow data that captures the main vapor structures and wave dynamics without the need for resolving all flow scales.

  3. Cavitation erosion prediction based on analysis of flow dynamics and impact load spectra

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    Cavitation erosion is the consequence of repeated collapse-induced high pressure-loads on a material surface. The present paper assesses the prediction of impact load spectra of cavitating flows, i.e., the rate and intensity distribution of collapse events based on a detailed analysis of flow dynamics. Data are obtained from a numerical simulation which employs a density-based finite volume method, taking into account the compressibility of both phases, and resolves collapse-induced pressure waves. To determine the spectrum of collapse events in the fluid domain, we detect and quantify the collapse of isolated vapor structures. As reference configuration we consider the expansion of a liquid into a radially divergent gap which exhibits unsteady sheet and cloud cavitation. Analysis of simulation data shows that global cavitation dynamics and dominant flow events are well resolved, even though the spatial resolution is too coarse to resolve individual vapor bubbles. The inviscid flow model recovers increasingly fine-scale vapor structures and collapses with increasing resolution. We demonstrate that frequency and intensity of these collapse events scale with grid resolution. Scaling laws based on two reference lengths are introduced for this purpose. We show that upon applying these laws impact load spectra recorded on experimental and numerical pressure sensors agree with each other. Furthermore, correlation between experimental pitting rates and collapse-event rates is found. Locations of high maximum wall pressures and high densities of collapse events near walls obtained numerically agree well with areas of erosion damage in the experiment. The investigation shows that impact load spectra of cavitating flows can be inferred from flow data that captures the main vapor structures and wave dynamics without the need for resolving all flow scales

  4. Cavitation in liquid helium

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    Finch, R. D.; Kagiwada, R.; Barmatz, M.; Rudnick, I.

    1963-11-15

    Ultrasonic cavitation was induced in liquid helium over the temperature range 1.2 to 2.3 deg K, using a pair of identical transducers. The transducers were calibrated using a reciprocity technique and the cavitation threshold was determined at 90 kc/s. It was found that this threshold has a sharp peak at the lambda point, but is, at all temperatures quite low, with an approximate range of 0.001 to 0.01 atm. The significance of the results is discussed. (auth)

  5. Taming Acoustic Cavitation

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    Rivas, David Fernandez; Enriquez, Oscar R; Versluis, Michel; Prosperetti, Andrea; Gardeniers, Han; Lohse, Detlef

    2012-01-01

    In this fluid dynamics video we show acoustic cavitation occurring from pits etched on a silicon surface. By immersing the surface in a liquid, gas pockets are entrapped in the pits which upon ultrasonic insonation, are observed to shed cavitation bubbles. Modulating the driving pressure it is possible to induce different behaviours based on the force balance that determines the interaction among bubbles and the silicon surface. This system can be used for several applications like sonochemical water treatment, cleaning of surfaces with deposited materials such as biofilms.

  6. Scale effect on unsteady cloud cavitation

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    Dular, M.; Khlifa, I.; Fuzier, S.; Adama Maiga, M.; Coutier-Delgosha, O.

    2012-11-01

    No experiment was conducted, yet, to investigate the scale effects on the dynamics of developed cavitating flow with periodical cloud shedding. The present study was motivated by the unclear results obtained from the experiments in a Venturi-type section that was scaled down 10 times for the purpose of measurements by ultra-fast X-ray imaging (Coutier-Delgosha et al. 2009). Cavitation in the original size scale section (Stutz and Reboud in Exp Fluids 23:191-198, 1997, Exp Fluids 29:545-552 2000) always displays unsteady cloud separation. However, when the geometry was scaled down, the cavitation became quasi steady although some oscillations still existed. To investigate this phenomenon more in detail, experiments were conducted in six geometrically similar Venturi test sections where either width or height or both were scaled. Various types of instabilities are obtained, from simple oscillations of the sheet cavity length to large vapor cloud shedding when the size of the test section is increased. It confirms that small scale has a significant influence on cavitation. Especially the height of the test section plays a major role in the dynamics of the re-entrant jet that drives the periodical shedding observed at large scale. Results suggest that the sheet cavity becomes stabile when the section is scaled down to a certain point because re-entrant jet cannot fully develop.

  7. DISCOVERY AND ANALYSIS ON CAVITATION IN PIEZOELECTRIC PUMPS

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    Zhang Jianhui; Xia Qixiao; Lai Dehua; Onuki Akiyoshi; Hong Zhen

    2004-01-01

    The contributing factors for the cavitation in piezoelectric pumps are analyzed,theoretically, and the device fitting for observing and recording is set up. With it the experiments are carried out to observe the emergence and the flowing of the cavitations in the piezoelectric pumps. According to the statistic and the analysis to the data of the experiments, the peculiar features are discovered. These features are composed of balls-amassing, center-more, and flow-out.

  8. Modelling on cavitation in a diffuser with vortex generator

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    Jablonská J.

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Based on cavitation modelling in Laval nozzle results and experience, problem with the diffuser with vortex generator was defined. The problem describes unsteady multiphase flow of water. Different cavitation models were used when modelling in Fluent, flow condition is inlet and pressure condition is outlet. Boundary conditions were specified by Energy Institute, Victor Kaplan’s Department of Fluid Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology. Numerical modelling is compared with experiment.

  9. Ultrasonic cavitation erosion of gas nitrided Ti-6Al-4V alloys.

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    Mitelea, I; Dimian, E; Bordeaşu, I; Crăciunescu, C

    2014-07-01

    Ultrasonic cavitation erosion experiments were performed on Ti-6Al-4V alloys samples in annealed, nitrided and nitrided and subsequently heat treated state. The protective oxide layer formed as a result of annealing and heat treatment after nitriding is eliminated after less than 30 min cavitation time, while the nitride layer lasts up to 90 min cavitation time. Once the protective layer is removed, the cavitation process develops by grain boundary erosion, leading to the expulsion of grains from the surface. The gas nitrided Ti-6Al-4V alloy, forming a TixN surface layer, proved to be a better solution to improve the cavitation erosion resistance, compared to the annealed and nitrided and heat treated state, respectively. The analysis of the mean depth of erosion rate at 165 min cavitation time showed an improvement of the cavitation erosion resistance of the nitrided samples of up to 77% higher compared to the one of the annealed samples. PMID:24500067

  10. Cavitation of a Physically Associating Gel

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    Mishra, Satish; Kundu, Santanu

    Self-assembly of block copolymers in selective solvents form ordered structures such as micelles, vesicles, and physically crosslinked gels due to difference in their interaction with solvents. These gels have wide range of applications in tissue engineering, food science and biomedical field due to their tunable properties and responsiveness with changing environmental conditions. Pressurization of a defect inside a physically associating gel can lead to elastic instability (cavitation) leading to failure of the gel. The failure behavior involves dissociation of physical networks. A thermoreversible, physically associating gel with different volume fractions of a triblock copolymer, poly (methyl methacrylate)-poly (n-butyl acrylate)-poly (methyl methacrylate) [PMMA-PnBA-PMMA] in 2-ethyl 1-hexanol, a midblock selective solvent, is considered here. Mechanical properties were investigated using shear rheology and cavitation experiments. The experimental data is fitted with a constitutive model that captures the stiffening behavior followed by softening behavior of a physical gel. Finite element analysis has been performed on cavitation rheology geometry to capture the failure behavior and to calculate energy release rate during cavitation experiments.

  11. Cavitation Erosion in Hydraulic Turbine Components and Mitigation by Coatings: Current Status and Future Needs

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    Singh, Raghuvir; Tiwari, S. K.; Mishra, Suman K.

    2012-07-01

    Cavitation erosion is a frequently observed phenomenon in underwater engineering materials and is the primary reason for component failure. The damage due to cavitation erosion is not yet fully understood, as it is influenced by several parameters, such as hydrodynamics, component design, environment, and material chemistry. This article gives an overview of the current state of understanding of cavitation erosion of materials used in hydroturbines, coatings and coating methodologies for combating cavitation erosion, and methods to characterize cavitation erosion. No single material property fully characterizes the resistance to cavitation erosion. The combination of ultimate resilience, hardness, and toughness rather may be useful to estimate the cavitation erosion resistance of material. Improved hydrodynamic design and appropriate surface engineering practices reduce damage due to cavitation erosion. The coatings suggested for combating the cavitation erosion encompasses carbides (WC Cr2C3, Cr3C2, 20CrC-80WC), cermets of different compositions (e.g., 56W2C/Ni/Cr, 41WC/Ni/Cr/Co), intermetallic composites, intermetallic matrix composites with TiC reinforcement, composite nitrides such as TiAlN and elastomers. A few of them have also been used commercially. Thermal spraying, arc plasma spraying, and high velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) processes have been used commercially to apply the coatings. Boronizing, laser surface hardening and cladding, chemical vapor deposition, physical vapor deposition, and plasma nitriding have been tried for surface treatments at laboratory levels and have shown promise to be used on actual components.

  12. Computational theory of cavitating flows for hydraulic turbomachinery with consideration of influence of water quality

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    2010-01-01

    Previously it was assumed that the pressure within the cavity or on the cavity surface remained constant and the vapor pressure of clean water at 20°C and 0 m altitude was utilized as the computational boundary for cavitating flows in hydraulic turbomachinery. Cavitation was confused with vaporization, and the effect of water quality on cavitation pressure characteristics was not taken into account. In recent years, lots of experiments of cavitation pressure characteristics of different water qualities including different sand concentrations of sand water and different altitudes of clean water have been performed by the authors, and the important influences of water quality on cavitation pressure characteristic have been validated. Thus the water quality should be involved in the cavitating flows computation. In the present paper, the effect of water quality on the cavitation pressure characteristic is analyzed and the computational method and theory of cavitating flows for hydraulic turbomachinery that considers the influence of water quality are proposed. The theory is suitable for both the potential flow method and the two-phase flow method for cavitating flows simulation. Finally, the validation results for cavitating flows in a hydraulic tur- bine indicate the significant influences of water quality on the cavitating flow performance.

  13. Precise spatial control of cavitation erosion in a vessel phantom by using an ultrasonic standing wave.

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    Shi, Aiwei; Huang, Peixuan; Guo, Shifang; Zhao, Lu; Jia, Yingjie; Zong, Yujin; Wan, Mingxi

    2016-07-01

    In atherosclerotic inducement in animal models, the conventionally used balloon injury is invasive, produces excessive vessel injuries at unpredictable locations and is inconvenient in arterioles. Fortunately, cavitation erosion, which plays an important role in therapeutic ultrasound in blood vessels, has the potential to induce atherosclerosis noninvasively at predictable sites. In this study, precise spatial control of cavitation erosion for superficial lesions in a vessel phantom was realised by using an ultrasonic standing wave (USW) with the participation of cavitation nuclei and medium-intensity ultrasound pulses. The superficial vessel erosions were restricted between adjacent pressure nodes, which were 0.87mm apart in the USW field of 1MHz. The erosion positions could be shifted along the vessel by nodal modulation under a submillimetre-scale accuracy without moving the ultrasound transducers. Moreover, the cavitation erosion of the proximal or distal wall could be determined by the types of cavitation nuclei and their corresponding cavitation pulses, i.e., phase-change microbubbles with cavitation pulses of 5MHz and SonoVue microbubbles with cavitation pulses of 1MHz. Effects of acoustic parameters of the cavitation pulses on the cavitation erosions were investigated. The flow conditions in the experiments were considered and discussed. Compared to only using travelling waves, the proposed method in this paper improves the controllability of the cavitation erosion and reduces the erosion depth, providing a more suitable approach for vessel endothelial injury while avoiding haemorrhage. PMID:26964937

  14. EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATION OF CAVITATION IN A SUDDEN EXPANSION PIPE

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    ZHANG Jian-min; YANG Qing; WANG Yu-rong; XU Wei-lin; CHEN Jian-gang

    2011-01-01

    For sudden expansion pipes, experiments were carried out to study the cavitation inception for various enlargement ratios in high speed flows.The flow velocity of the prototype reaches 50 m/s in laboratory.The relationship between the expansion ratio and the incipient cavitation number is obtained.The scale and velocity effects are revealed.It is shown that Keller's revised formula should be modified to calculate the incipient cavitation number when the forecasted velocity of the flows in the prototype exceeds the experimental velocity.

  15. Improvement of residual stress on SUS304 by using cavitating jet

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    Park, Jung Do [Dept. of Vehicle Engineering, Kyung Nam Junior College, Pusan (Korea, Republic of); Soyama, Hitoshi; Saka, Masumi; Abe, Hiroyuki [Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan)

    1997-10-15

    A cavitating jet can improve fatigue life of materials, since impacts caused by cavitation bubble collapses produce a peening effect. In general, the cavitation impacts cause damages in hydraulic machinery. At an initial stage of the cavitation damage progress, the plastic deformation takes place and there is no mass loss. Then it is possible to do peening by the cavitating jet without the damage. In order to prove the peening effect, a residual stress on a surface of a stainless steel SUS304 was investigated by using a X-ray diffraction method. The stress components of the three different directions were measured changing with the exposure time of the cavitating jet, and then the principal stresses were calculated. The both principal stresses were changed from tension to compression. It can be concluded that the cavitating jet improves the residual stress on the surface of the stainless steel SUS304. The important parameters of the cavitating jet such as an optimum standoff distance were also shown.

  16. Improvement of residual stress on SUS304 by using cavitating jet

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    A cavitating jet can improve fatigue life of materials, since impacts caused by cavitation bubble collapses produce a peening effect. In general, the cavitation impacts cause damages in hydraulic machinery. At an initial stage of the cavitation damage progress, the plastic deformation takes place and there is no mass loss. Then it is possible to do peening by the cavitating jet without the damage. In order to prove the peening effect, a residual stress on a surface of a stainless steel SUS304 was investigated by using a X-ray diffraction method. The stress components of the three different directions were measured changing with the exposure time of the cavitating jet, and then the principal stresses were calculated. The both principal stresses were changed from tension to compression. It can be concluded that the cavitating jet improves the residual stress on the surface of the stainless steel SUS304. The important parameters of the cavitating jet such as an optimum standoff distance were also shown.

  17. Numerical investigation of cavitation flow in journal bearing geometry

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    Riedel, M.; Schmidt, M.; Stücke, P.

    2013-04-01

    The appearance of cavitation is still a problem in technical and industrial applications. Especially in automotive internal combustion engines, hydrodynamic journal bearings are used due to their favourable wearing quality and operating characteristics. Cavitation flows inside the bearings reduces the load capacity and leads to a risk of material damages. Therefore an understanding of the complex flow phenomena inside the bearing is necessary for the design development of hydrodynamic journal bearings. Experimental investigations in the fluid domain of the journal bearing are difficult to realize founded by the small dimensions of the bearing. In the recent years more and more the advantages of the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) are used to investigate the detail of the cavitation flows. The analysis in the paper is carried out in a two-step approach. At first an experimental investigation of journal bearing including cavitation is selected from the literature. The complex numerical model validated with the experimental measured data. In a second step, typically design parameters, such as a groove and feed hole, which are necessary to distribute the oil supply across the gap were added into the model. The paper reflects on the influence of the used design parameters and the variation of the additional supply flow rate through the feed hole regarding to cavitation effects in the bearing. Detailed pictures of the three-dimensional flow structures and the cavitation regions inside the flow film of the bearing are presented.

  18. Numerical investigation of cavitation flow in journal bearing geometry

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    Stücke P.

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available The appearance of cavitation is still a problem in technical and industrial applications. Especially in automotive internal combustion engines, hydrodynamic journal bearings are used due to their favourable wearing quality and operating characteristics. Cavitation flows inside the bearings reduces the load capacity and leads to a risk of material damages. Therefore an understanding of the complex flow phenomena inside the bearing is necessary for the design development of hydrodynamic journal bearings. Experimental investigations in the fluid domain of the journal bearing are difficult to realize founded by the small dimensions of the bearing. In the recent years more and more the advantages of the computational fluid dynamics (CFD are used to investigate the detail of the cavitation flows. The analysis in the paper is carried out in a two-step approach. At first an experimental investigation of journal bearing including cavitation is selected from the literature. The complex numerical model validated with the experimental measured data. In a second step, typically design parameters, such as a groove and feed hole, which are necessary to distribute the oil supply across the gap were added into the model. The paper reflects on the influence of the used design parameters and the variation of the additional supply flow rate through the feed hole regarding to cavitation effects in the bearing. Detailed pictures of the three-dimensional flow structures and the cavitation regions inside the flow film of the bearing are presented.

  19. Characteristics of Vibration Induced by Cavitation

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    WANG Guo-yu; TAO Lei; LIU Shu-yan; QIAN Jian-jun

    2005-01-01

    Cavitation-induced vibration characteristics and the relations between the vibration and cavitation are studied. Cavitation vibrations are measured around a model hollow-jet valve by an accelerometer under cavitating and non-cavitating conditions. The measurement data is analyzed by FFT method. The corresponding cavitating flow patterns are photographed by a high-speed camera with an xenon flash lamp. The frequency band of the vibration induced by cavitation is determined. To compare the vibration intensities under different cavitation conditions, a definition of vibration acceleration level is introduced based on power spectral density of the vibration. By the analysis of vibration, the definitions of characteristic cavitation number are suggested. According to these cavitation numbers, the cavitation process is divided into three stages, that is, incipient cavitation, subcavitation and supercavitation.

  20. Influence of Thermodynamic Effect on Blade Load in a Cavitating Inducer

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    Kengo Kikuta

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Distribution of the blade load is one of the design parameters for a cavitating inducer. For experimental investigation of the thermodynamic effect on the blade load, we conducted experiments in both cold water and liquid nitrogen. The thermodynamic effect on cavitation notably appears in this cryogenic fluid although it can be disregarded in cold water. In these experiments, the pressure rise along the blade tip was measured. In water, the pressure increased almost linearly from the leading edge to the trailing edge at higher cavitation number. After that, with a decrease of cavitation number, pressure rise occurred only near the trailing edge. On the other hand, in liquid nitrogen, the pressure distribution was similar to that in water at a higher cavitation number, even if the cavitation number as a cavitation parameter decreased. Because the cavitation growth is suppressed by the thermodynamic effect, the distribution of the blade load does not change even at lower cavitation number. By contrast, the pressure distribution in liquid nitrogen has the same tendency as that in water if the cavity length at the blade tip is taken as a cavitation indication. From these results, it was found that the shift of the blade load to the trailing edge depended on the increase of cavity length, and that the distribution of blade load was indicated only by the cavity length independent of the thermodynamic effect.

  1. Acoustic cavitation and sonochemistry

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    Stricker, L.

    2013-01-01

    Sonochemistry is the use of cavitation for achieving a chemical conversion. When microbubbles are driven in the nonlinear regime, localized extreme temperatures (up to 10000 K) and pressures (up to 1000 bar) can be reached upon collapse, the surrounding liquid remaining ambient,thus giving origin to intriguing phenomena, such as light emission (sonoluminescence) and high temperature chemical reactions (sonochemistry). These reaction products then diffuse outside the bubble and dissolve inside...

  2. Analysis of cavitation and its effects on superplastic deformation

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    H. Tan

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To study the effects of cavitation on the superplastic deformation using finite element method.Design/methodology/approach: Using consitututive equations for superplastic deformation, and taking into account the effects of grain growth and cavitation growth, Zn-Al and LY12CZ alloys are used for simulations to show effects of m values, elongation-to-failure values, percentage cavities and effects of imposed hydrostatic pressure during superplastic forming processes.Findings: During superplastic deformation, cavitation damage increases with the increase in strain. For high strain rate sensitivity, necking develops which leads to final fracture; whereas for low strain strain rate sensitivity, the final fracture is due to cavitation growth.Research limitations/implications: The effects of material parameters and deformation damage on the superplastic deformation process are numerically analyzed, and the means to control cavitation growth is discussed.Originality/value: A three dimensional viscoplastic finite element programe, taking into account of microstructural mechanisms, such as test temperature and cavity growth has been developed for superplastic deformation.

  3. Numerical Study of Cavitation in Francis Turbine of a Small Hydro Power Plant

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    Pankaj Gohil

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Cavitation is undesirable phenomena and more prone in reaction turbines. It is one of the challenges in any hydro power plant which cause vibration, degradation of performance and the damage to the hydraulic turbine components. Under the present study, an attempt has been made to carry out a numerical analysis to investigate the cavitation effect in a Francis turbine. Three dimensional numerical study approach of unsteady and SST turbulence model are considered for the numerical analysis under multiphase flow such as cavitating flow. The performance parameters and cavitating flow under different operating conditions have been predicted using commercial CFX code. Three different operating conditions under cavitation and without cavitation with part load and overload conditions of the turbine for a plant sigma factor are investigated. The results are presented in the form of efficiency, pressure fluctuation, vortex rope and vapor volume fraction. It has been observed that variation in efficiency and vapor volume fraction is found to be nominal between cavitation and without cavitation conditionsat rated discharge and rated head. Turbine efficiency loss and vapor bubbles formation towards suction side of the runner blade are found to be maximum under overload condition. However, the pressure pulsation has been found maximum under part load condition in the draft tube. The simulation results are found to be in good agreement with model test results for efficiency. The locations of cavitating zone observed wellwith the result of previous studies.

  4. Numerical simulation of cavitation erosion on a NACA0015 hydrofoil based on bubble collapse strength

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    Hidalgo, Victor; Luo, Xianwu; Escaler Puigoriol, Francesc Xavier; Huang, R.; Valencia, E.

    2015-01-01

    The prediction of erosion under unsteady cavitation is crucial to prevent damage in hydraulic machinery. The present investigation deals with the numerical simulation of erosive partial cavitation around a NACA0015 hydrofoil. The study presents the calculation of the bubble collapse strength, Sb , based on the bubble potential energy to identify the surface areas with highest risk of damage. The results are obtained with a numerical scheme assuming homogeneous mixture ow, implicit LES and Zwa...

  5. Experience with failed or damaged spent fuel and its impacts on handling

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    Spent fuel management planning needs to include consideration of failed or damaged spent light-water reactor (LWR) fuel. Described in this paper, which was prepared under the Commercial Spent Fuel Management (CSFM) Program that is sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DOE), are the following: the importance of fuel integrity and the behavior of failed fuel, the quantity and burnup of failed or damaged fuel in storage, types of defects, difficulties in evaluating data on failed or damaged fuel, experience with wet storage, experience with dry storage, handling of failed or damaged fuel, transporting of fuel, experience with higher burnup fuel, and conclusions. 15 refs

  6. Localization of incipient tip vortex cavitation using ray based matched field inversion method

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    Kim, Dongho; Seong, Woojae; Choo, Youngmin; Lee, Jeunghoon

    2015-10-01

    Cavitation of marine propeller is one of the main contributing factors of broadband radiated ship noise. In this research, an algorithm for the source localization of incipient vortex cavitation is suggested. Incipient cavitation is modeled as monopole type source and matched-field inversion method is applied to find the source position by comparing the spatial correlation between measured and replicated pressure fields at the receiver array. The accuracy of source localization is improved by broadband matched-field inversion technique that enhances correlation by incoherently averaging correlations of individual frequencies. Suggested localization algorithm is verified through known virtual source and model test conducted in Samsung ship model basin cavitation tunnel. It is found that suggested localization algorithm enables efficient localization of incipient tip vortex cavitation using a few pressure data measured on the outer hull above the propeller and practically applicable to the typically performed model scale experiment in a cavitation tunnel at the early design stage.

  7. Application of cavitation in uranium leaching

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    Cavitation mostly considered as an operational problem and not a desirable phenomena. The rapid creation and collapse of bubbles can destroy pump and erode other equipment. But recently cavitation has been explored to enhance mass transfer and enhance or alter chemical reactions. Cavitation by definition is the formation, growth and rapid collapse of bubbles. Cavitation can be generated by different techniques

  8. Transient cavitation produced by extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy

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    Cioanta, Iulian

    1998-12-01

    Two decades ago, a new medical procedure was introduced, allowing the fragmentation of kidney stones from outside the human body (noninvasively) using a shock wave device termed lithotripter ('stone crusher'). Considered as one of the most important medical inventions of this century, lithotripsy is currently used in more than 80% of urolithiasis cases. Experimental studies have shown that transient or inertial cavitation is generated by this procedure near the stones and in renal tissue. To find a correlation between the number of shocks delivered and the treatment efficiency, the acoustic emission (AE) generated by the oscillation of cavitation bubbles, and its relation with stone fragmentation and tissue damage during shock wave lithotripsy were studied. In vitro experiments were carried out to identify the correlation between the AE signals and the expansion and collapse of cavitation bubbles, which were captured by high-speed photography (20,000 frames per second). This correlation has been verified on four different electrohydraulic lithotripters, under multiple experimental conditions. The effects of tissue attenuation on AE and stone fragmentation were also studied. The in vitro results have further allowed the interpretation of AE signals from in vivo experiments with pigs. Although similar in general trend, in vivo AE signals are found to be shorter in expansion and longer in the total ringing times (including the rebound phenomenon) than for in vitro AE signals, indicating a tissue constraining effect on bubble oscillation. Based on this observation a new mechanism for renal vascular and tubular injury is proposed. In addition, changes in AE signals have been observed as the total number of shocks increases, and this dose dependence feature has allowed the determination of a threshold value for extended tissue injury at 20 kV. This result has been confirmed by histological analysis and by results of a theoretical model study of bubble oscillation in a

  9. Study of the generated density of cavitation inside diesel nozzle using different fuels and nozzles

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    Highlights: • Compared the cavitation inside diesel nozzle using different fuels and nozzles by flow visualization experiment. • Two new parameters are put forward to analyze quantitatively the generated intensity of cavitation inside nozzle. • The influences of injection conditions on the generated intensity of cavitation are investigated by new parameters. • The generated intensity of cavitation is sensitive to the change of injection conditions. - Abstract: A comparative study using different fuels and nozzles has been conducted focusing on the generated density of cavitation inside diesel nozzle. In this paper a visualization experiment has been carried out and the new parameters are presented to compare the effect of the injection conditions (including injection pressure, the spray angle of nozzle, the length–diameter ratio of nozzle orifice and the fuel type) on the generated density of cavitation. The research results indicate that the generated density of cavitation is sensitive to the change of injection conditions. The generated density increases about 10% for every 10 MPa in injection pressure. The generated density increases with the increase of nozzle spray angle and with the decrease of length–diameter ratio. The cavitation appears early and changes fast by using the fuel with lower viscosity and higher saturated vapor pressure. The generated density of cavitation increases with the increase of saturated vapor pressure and decreases with the increase of viscosity

  10. Alternate blade cavitation on inducer; Inducer no kogoyoku cavitation

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    Aoki, M. [Ebara Research Co. Ltd., Kanagawa (Japan); Huang, J.; Zhang, J.

    1996-08-25

    Concerning a flat-helical inducer with two blades, examinations on suction performance, cavitation development and internal flow conditions of the impeller were performed. As the suction pressure is reduced, the balanced cavity development on both blades is destroyed. Alternate blade cavitation, in which cavity development evolves on one blade while weakens on the other, can occur. When the alternate blade cavitation occurs, the theoretical and actual pump heads can decrease quickly. The following investigations were conducted to determine how this phenomenon develops. 6 refs., 8 figs.

  11. Cavitation improvement of double suction centrifugal pump HPP Fuhren

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    Škerlavaj, A.; Titzschkau, M.; Pavlin, R.; Vehar, F.; Mežnar, P.; Lipej, A.

    2012-11-01

    A double suction storage pump has been refurbished because of the strong cavitation which resulted in cavitation damage on blade and consequently in frequent repairs of the impeller. The analyses of the old and the new impeller were done by the computational fluid dynamics (CFD), performing transient simulations with the commercial solver Ansys CFX. In the simulations, the scale-adaptive-simulation with the curvature correction (SAS-CC) turbulence model was used. No model tests were carried out. Additionally, observations with the digital camera were made through the specially designed plexi-glass window, mounted at the lid at the suction side. The predicted pump head at the operating point agrees well with the pump characteristics measurements, performed with the direct thermodynamic method. The extent of the cavitation predicted by CFD is smaller than the observed one because the cloud cavitation was not predicted. The observations of the cavitation extent show that the impeller design is better than the old one, which was also possible to anticipate based on the CFD results.

  12. Complete Inhibition Of Ultrasound Induced Cytolysis In The Presence Of Inertial Cavitation

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    Sostaric, Joe Z.; Miyoshi, Norio; Riesz, Peter; De Graff, William G.; Mitchell, James B.

    2006-05-01

    The investigation of ultrasound for biotechnological applications including non-invasive surgery (HIFU), drug/gene delivery to cells (sonoporation) or through the skin (sonophoresis) and ultrasound assisted bioreactors has focused mainly on the physical effects of ultrasound. The beneficial effects of ultrasound rely on a number of application-dependent mechanisms, and may include tissue heating, acoustic streaming or cavitation. Although acoustic cavitation is necessary in some systems, cavitation bubbles simultaneously result in uncontrollable cell damage and cytolysis. Thus, the development of a number of biotechnological uses of ultrasound has been hampered by the necessity to constrain exposure parameters in order to prevent the occurrence of acoustic cavitation or to at least limit the detrimental effects of cavitation. The current study shows that non-toxic concentrations of specific n-alkyl solutes completely inhibit ultrasound induced cytolysis of in vitro suspensions of human leukemia cells (HL-60). Protection of the whole cell population from cytolysis is achieved even under extreme ultrasound exposure conditions that result in cytolysis of 100 % of the cell population in the absence of the n-alkyl solutes. Furthermore, the n-alkyl solutes did not hinder the process of inertial cavitation. This method may allow utilization of beneficial effects of ultrasound and cavitation while protecting cells from cavitation induced cytolysis and thereby presents new possibilities for ultrasound in medicine and biology.

  13. Improvement of residual stress in gear using water peening by a cavitation jet technique

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    Ju, D.Y.; Machida, H. [Dept. of Material Science and Engineering, Saitama Inst. of Tech., Okabe, Saitama (Japan); Uchiyama, T.; Oba, R. [Advanced Science Inst., Saitama Inst. of Tech. (Japan); Kanawa, T. [Dept. of System Engineering, Graduate School of Saitama Inst. Tech. (Japan); Sunayama, Y.; Tsuda, H. [Experiment and Analysis Dept., Suzuki Motor Co., Hamamatsu-nishi (Japan)

    2002-07-01

    Cavitation impacts of ultrahigh-speed water could lead to stresses erosion and other damage on the surface of hydro machinery such as pumps, turbines and valves. On the other hand, the cavitation impacts can be used to modify the residual stress on surface of materials as a shot peening method. Recently, a technology to modify residual stress on a plate by using of cavitation tunnel and a cavitation water jet in air has been reported. A high level of compressive residual stress has been applied on surface of materials by using water cavitation jet. In the present paper, residual stress of a helical gear of SCR420H steel was measured by means of an X-ray diffraction method, before and after peening by water cavitation jet. In order to obtain high-level compressive residual stress, optimum peening time and standard distance from jet nozzle to surface of the gear were investigated by cavitation jet tests. These results prove that residual stress on gear surface can be improved by using cavitation jet technique. (orig.)

  14. Prediction of cavitation performance of a hydrofoil in water at high temperatures

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    In this paper, the thermodynamic effects of cavitation based on the computational methodology of cavitation mass transfer has been considered in the prediction of cavitation performance of a hydrofoil in water at high temperature. A cavitation mass transfer model to study this phenomenon has been presented. The cavitation model was used to simulate the flow along a NACA0015 hydrofoil at different temperatures. The results were compared with experiments. From the distribution of the pressure coefficient, it can be seen that the simulation results with the improved model have the same trends and values comparing with the experiments. At low temperature, the length of the cavity area is nearly the same with experiment, but at high temperature, the calculated cavity length is slightly longer

  15. Cavitation and grain growth during superplastic forming

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    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The purpose of the paper is to study the cavitation and grain growth during superplastic forming.Design/methodology/approach: Superplastic alloys exhibit the extremely large elongation to failure by their high strain rate sensitivity. Cavities have widely been observed during superplastic deformation of metals and alloys and lead to the degradation of material properties such as tensile, creep, fatigue and stress-corrosion behavior. In this work, a finite element method is developed, which considers the grain growth and the effect of material damage.Findings: The effects of material parameters and deformation damage on the superplastic deformation process are numerically analyzed, and the means to control cavitation growth is discussed. The microstructural mechanism of grain growth during superplastic deformation is also studied. A new model considering the grain growth is proposed and applied to conventional superplastic materials The relationships between the strain, the strain rate, the test temperature, the initial grain size and the grain growth respectively in superplastic materials are discussed.Practical implications: The effect of variation of strain rate sensitivity (m value on the strain limit of the superplastic deformation is investigated, and the theoretically calculated values are compared with the experimental results.Originality/value: A new microstructure model based on the microstructural mechanism of superplastic deformation has been proposed. This model has been successfully applied to analyze conventional superplastic materials.

  16. Standard Test Method for Cavitation Erosion Using Vibratory Apparatus

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    2010-01-01

    1.1 This test method covers the production of cavitation damage on the face of a specimen vibrated at high frequency while immersed in a liquid. The vibration induces the formation and collapse of cavities in the liquid, and the collapsing cavities produce the damage to and erosion (material loss) of the specimen. 1.2 Although the mechanism for generating fluid cavitation in this method differs from that occurring in flowing systems and hydraulic machines (see 5.1), the nature of the material damage mechanism is believed to be basically similar. The method therefore offers a small-scale, relatively simple and controllable test that can be used to compare the cavitation erosion resistance of different materials, to study in detail the nature and progress of damage in a given material, or—by varying some of the test conditions—to study the effect of test variables on the damage produced. 1.3 This test method specifies standard test conditions covering the diameter, vibratory amplitude and frequency of the...

  17. Fracture of elastomers by cavitation

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    2014-01-01

    Cavitation phenomenon is studied in rubber-like materials by combining experimental, theoretical and numerical approaches. Specific tests are carried out on a Styrene Butadiene Rubber to point out main characteristics of cavitation phenomenon. Hydrostatic depression is numerically modelled using finite element method. Numerical results are compared to Ball\\'s and Hou & Abeyaratne\\'s models with regard to cavity nucleation in the material. Both models well fit experimental observations suggesting that the cavitation nucleation in elastomers depends on the confinement degree of the specimen. Finally, critical hydrostatic pressure and critical global deformation are proved to govern cavitation nucleation in the studied material. Critical loadings are identified by comparing experimental and numerical load-displacement curves. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

  18. Removal of nutrient limitations in forest gaps enhances growth rate and resistance to cavitation in subtropical canopy tree species differing in shade tolerance.

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    Villagra, Mariana; Campanello, Paula I; Montti, Lia; Goldstein, Guillermo

    2013-03-01

    A 4-year fertilization experiment with nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) was carried out in natural gaps of a subtropical forest in northeastern Argentina. Saplings of six dominant canopy species differing in shade tolerance were grown in five control and five N + P fertilized gaps. Hydraulic architectural traits such as wood density, the leaf area to sapwood area ratio (LA : SA), vulnerability to cavitation (P50) and specific and leaf-specific hydraulic conductivity were measured, as well as the relative growth rate, specific leaf area (SLA) and percentage of leaf damage by insect herbivores. Plant growth rates and resistance to drought-induced embolisms increased when nutrient limitations were removed. On average, the P50 of control plants was -1.1 MPa, while the P50 of fertilized plants was -1.6 MPa. Wood density and LA : SA decreased with N + P additions. A trade-off between vulnerability to cavitation and efficiency of water transport was not observed. The relative growth rate was positively related to the total leaf surface area per plant and negatively related to LA : SA, while P50 was positively related to SLA across species and treatments. Plants with higher growth rates and higher total leaf area in fertilized plots were able to avoid hydraulic dysfunction by becoming less vulnerable to cavitation (more negative P50). Two high-light-requiring species exhibited relatively low growth rates due to heavy herbivore damage. Contrary to expectations, shade-tolerant plants with relatively high resistance to hydraulic dysfunction and reduced herbivory damage were able to grow faster. These results suggest that during the initial phase of sapling establishment in gaps, species that were less vulnerable to cavitation and exhibited reduced herbivory damage had faster realized growth rates than less shade-tolerant species with higher potential growth rates. Finally, functional relationships between hydraulic traits and growth rate across species and treatments

  19. The analytical description of high temperature tensile creep for cavitating materials subjected to time variable loads

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    A phenomenological cavitation model is presented by means of which the life time as well as the creep curve equations can be calculated for cavitating materials subjected to time variable tensile loads. The model precludes the proportionality between the damage A and the damage rate (dA/dt) resp. Both are connected by the life time function tau. The latter is derived from static stress rupture tests and contains the loading conditions. From this model the life fraction rule (LFR) is derived. The model is used to calculate the creep curves of cavitating materials subjected at high temperatures to non-stationary tensile loading conditions. In the present paper the following loading procedures are considered: creep at constant load F and true stress s; creep at linear load increase ((dF/dt)=const) and creep at constant load amplitude cycling (CLAC). For these loading procedures the creep equations for cavitating and non-cavitating specimens are derived. Under comparable conditions the creep rate of cavitating materials are higher than for non-cavitating ones. (author)

  20. Roughness measurement as an alternative method in evaluation of cavitation resistance of steels

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    Dojčinović Marina

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to investigate possible application of roughness measurement in evaluation of resistance of steels in conditions of cavitation effect where these materials are usually applied. Steels which belong to different classes were selected for testing. Cavitation testing was performed by using the ultrasonic vibratory cavitation test set up (stationary specimen method. Mass loss and surface degradation of investigated samples were monitored during the exposure to cavitation erosion. Mass loss was measured by an analytical balance. The morphology of the damaged surfaces with the change of the test period was analyzed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM. The surface roughness tester was used to monitor changes of surface roughness during the test and for obtaining the line profile of surface samples after cavitation tests. Cross-sections of samples were made after testing and optical microscopy was used to obtain complete information about the roughness change and compare the images with the lines of the profile obtained by the measurement of roughness. It can be concluded that the behaviour of steels under conditions of cavitation can be estimated by measuring the change in surface roughness. Conclusions adopted on the basis of roughness changes are consistent with that based on measurements of mass loss and morphology of surface damage during cavitation testing time.

  1. Analysis of the PBF severe fuel damage experiments with EXMEL-B

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    In order to provide informations on fuel and core response during severe accidents, severe fuel damage experiments are being performed in the PBF. The first of these experiments, the PBF Severe Fuel Damage Scoping Test (SFD-ST), was performed on October 29, 1982. The bundle and structural behavior during severe fuel damage accident were investigated by the modular program system EXMEL-B. EXMEL-B utilizes the RSYST software system as well as the experiences of the IKE in fuel rod and core modeling (SSYST, EXMEL and MELSIM). EXMEL-B is part of the Safety Analysis System (SASYST) of the IKE. Results of EXMEL-B application will be compared against the experimental data of the severe fuel damage experiments in the PBF. The paper will also suggest areas where further model development and code improvements are necessary. (orig./HP)

  2. Cavitation performance evaluation for a condensate pump

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    Cavitation in a condensate pump with specific speed of 95 m·m3s−1·min−1 was treated in this study. Cavitation performance for the pump was tested experimentally, and the steady state cavitating flows in the pump impeller were simulated by RANS method as well as a homogeneous cavitation model. It is noted that cavitating flow simulation reasonably depicted cavitation development in the pump. Compared to the tested results, the numerical simulation basically predicted later performance drops due to cavitation. Unfortunately, the cavitation simulation at the operation condition of 50% best efficiency point could not predict the head drop up to 3%. By applying the concept of relative cavity length cavitation performance evaluation is achieved. For better application, future study is necessary to establish the relation between relative cavity length and performance drop

  3. Blood vessel rupture by cavitation

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    Chen, Hong; Brayman, Andrew A.; Bailey, Michael R.; Matula, Thomas J.

    2010-01-01

    Cavitation is thought to be one mechanism for vessel rupture during shock wave lithotripsy treatment. However, just how cavitation induces vessel rupture remains unknown. In this work, a high-speed photomicrography system was set up to directly observe the dynamics of bubbles inside blood vessels in ex vivo rat mesenteries. Vascular rupture correlating to observed bubble dynamics were examined by imaging bubble extravasation and dye leakage. The high-speed images show that bubble expansion ca...

  4. Experiment and numerical simulation of welding induced damage: stainless steel 15-5PH

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    The objective of this study is the prediction of damage and residual stresses induced by hot processing which leads to phase transformation in martensitic stainless steel. This study firstly concerns the modelling of the damage of material induced by a complex history of thermo-elastoplastic multiphase in heat-affected-zone (HAZ) of welding. In this work, a two-scale mode of elastoplastic damage multiphase was developed in the framework of thermodynamics of irreversible process. The constitutive equations are coupling with ductile damage, elasto-plasticity, phase transformation, and transformation plasticity. Besides, a damage equation was proposed based on the Lemaitre's damage model in the framework of continuum damage mechanics. The experiments of 15-5PH were implemented for the identification of phase transformation, transformation plasticity and damage models. Tensile tests of round specimens were used to identify the parameters of damage model as well as mechanical behaviours at various temperatures. Tests of flat notched specimen were designed to provide the validation of damage model and strain localization using three dimensional image correlation technologies. In addition, microscopic analysis was performed to provide microstructure characterization of 15-5PH and to discover the damage mechanism. Finally the numerical simulation was performed in the code CAST3M of CEA. On the one hand, numerical verification of the flat notched plates was implemented and compared with experimental results. On the other hand, we used the two-scale model including phase transformation, transformation plasticity and damage to simulate the level of residual stresses of a disk made of 15-5PH metal heated by laser. The internal variables, such as strain, stress, damage, were successfully traced in the simulation of two-scale model. The simulation results showed the transformation plasticity changes the level of residual stresses and should not be negligible; damage decreases

  5. Research of the cavitation performance of the condensate pump

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    Condensate pump is an important part of power plant circulation systems, which is used to pump condensate water. Because the condensate water pressure is very low, the first impeller of the condensate pump must have a good cavitation performance. Numerical simulation was employed to study the first impeller cavitation performance. The first impeller was set in the condensate pump barrel, and the double suction casing was kept, the parts after the double suction casing was simplified as tube. The simplicity can guarantee the inlet and outlet conditions of the impeller. Based on the RANS and SST k − ω turbulence model, CFD software was used to simulate the condensate pump at different working conditions. The numerical simulation shows that cavitation occurred at the suction side of the blades closing to the leading edge. The cavitation performance of the impeller was predicted based on the numerical calculation. Comparing with the experimental results, the numerical simulation result is smaller than that of the experiment in small flux, and the cavitation performance trend is agreed with that of the experiments

  6. Research of the cavitation performance of the condensate pump

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    Li, H. F.; Pan, Z. B.; He, M. H.; Ji, K.; Zhou, W. C.; Min, S. M.

    2013-12-01

    Condensate pump is an important part of power plant circulation systems, which is used to pump condensate water. Because the condensate water pressure is very low, the first impeller of the condensate pump must have a good cavitation performance. Numerical simulation was employed to study the first impeller cavitation performance. The first impeller was set in the condensate pump barrel, and the double suction casing was kept, the parts after the double suction casing was simplified as tube. The simplicity can guarantee the inlet and outlet conditions of the impeller. Based on the RANS and SST k - ω turbulence model, CFD software was used to simulate the condensate pump at different working conditions. The numerical simulation shows that cavitation occurred at the suction side of the blades closing to the leading edge. The cavitation performance of the impeller was predicted based on the numerical calculation. Comparing with the experimental results, the numerical simulation result is smaller than that of the experiment in small flux, and the cavitation performance trend is agreed with that of the experiments.

  7. A Blowdown Cryogenic Cavitation Tunnel and CFD Treatment for Flow Visualization around a Foil

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    Yutaka ITO; Kazuya SAWASAKI; Naoki TANI; Takao NAGASAKI; Toshio NAGASHIMA

    2005-01-01

    Cavitation is one of the major problems in the development of rocket engines. There have been few experimental studies to visualize cryogenic foil cavitation. Therefore a new cryogenic cavitation tunnel of blowdown type was built. The foil shape is "plano-convex". This profile was chosen because of simplicity, but also of being similar to the one for a rocket inducer impeller. Working fluids were water at room temperature,hot water and liquid nitrogen. In case of Angle of Attack (AOA)=8°, periodical cavity departure was observed in the experiments of both water at 90℃ and nitrogen at -190℃ under the same velocity 10 m/sec and the same cavitation number 0.7. The frequencies were observed to be 110 and 90 Hz, respectively, and almost coincided with those of vortex shedding from the foil. Temperature depression due to the thermodynamic effect was confirmed in both experiment and simulation especially in the cryogenic cavitation.

  8. A HOMOGENOUS-EQUILIBRIUM-MODEL BASED NUMERICAL CODE FOR CAVITATION FLOWS AND EVALUATION BY COMPUTATION CASES

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    CHEN Ying; LU Chuan-jing

    2008-01-01

    A computer code, ELANEX, including several Homogenous-Equilibrium-Model (HEM) type cavitation models, were developed, to numerically simulate natural cavitation phenomena. The effectiveness of the code was checked by cavitation flows around the disk and cylinder body for a wide range of different cavitation numbers. Cavity profiles were compared with the analytic solution of disk and empirical formulae fitted from the experiment data, and contrast between different cavitation models were fulfilled as well. The cavity length and maximal cavity diameter were found to agree well with the analytic solutions, and detailed cavity profiles were in accordance with the experimental formula. Comparison with the hemisphere headed cylinder body presented a good agreement of the pressure coefficient with the experiment data. Reasonable drag-force coefficient variation and drag-force reduction effect were obtained.

  9. Analysis of cavitation inception and desinence behind surface irregularities

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    Amromin, Eduard

    2016-07-01

    Cavities behind a surface irregularity appear in vortices drifting downstream of it. Cavitation can occur there substantially earlier than over smooth surfaces of the same bodies. Cavitation inception and desinence behind surface irregularities have been intensively studied in the course of water tunnel experiments several decades ago, but no corresponding quantitative theoretical (numerical) analysis was reported. This numerical study is aimed at elaboration of a general approach to the prediction of cavitation desinence numbers for various irregularities over various surfaces and on determination of the major factors influencing these numbers in both computations and experiments. The developed multi-level computational method employs diverse models for flow zones of diverse scale. The viscous-inviscid interaction approach is used for the flow around irregularities submerged (or partially submerged) in the turbulent boundary layer. Combinations of the semi-empirical and asymptotic analyses are used for vortices and cavities in their cores. The computational method is validated with various known experimental data.

  10. PRESSURE CHARACTERISTICS OF CAVITATION CONTROL BY AERATION

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    DONG Zhi-yong; LU Yang-quan; JU Wen-jie; CAI Xin-ming; DING Chun-sheng

    2005-01-01

    This experimental investigation was systematically conducted with the aid of a non-circulating water tunnel in the Hydraulics Laboratory at Zhejiang University of Technology in China.The test velocity is between 20m/s and 40m/s.The least air concentration to prevent cavitation erosion lies between 1.7% and 4.5%.Pressure waveforms with and without aeration in cavitation and cavitation erosion regions were measured.Time-averaged pressure profiles with and without aeration were compared.Pressure characteristics corresponding to least air concentration to prevent cavitation erosion in cavitation and cavitation erosion regions were analyzed.

  11. Localized damage in soft rock: experiments with field measurement techniques

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    The research presented in this thesis concerns, firstly, an experimental study on the process of fracture in uniaxial compression of rock samples containing narrow, rectilinear notches inclined with respect to the axis of loading. Secondly, we study the evolution of shear strain localisation towards fracturing and failure in specimens of the same materials with a particular geometry, involving two rounded notches. This geometry, inspired by the work of Meuwissen et al. (1998) for tension tests on metals, promotes the localisation of shear strain in simple compression before fracture. Two different materials were studied: a natural rock of volcanic origin (Neapolitan Tuff) and an artificial 'roc' (CPIR09). In the studies presented, three full-field measurement techniques have been employed in combination: (i) the Digital Image Correlation (DIC), for measurement of kinematic fields at a sample's surface; (ii)acoustic Emission measurements (AE) and AE source location, to follow the evolution of damage in samples during loading; (iii) X-ray tomography (pre-and post-mortem studies), to characterise preexisting defects and discontinuities in the specimens and to better understand the fracturing in 3D. (author)

  12. Numerical Study of Cavitation in Francis Turbine of a Small Hydro Power Plant

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    Pankaj Gohil; Rajeshwer Saini

    2016-01-01

    Cavitation is undesirable phenomena and more prone in reaction turbines. It is one of the challenges in any hydro power plant which cause vibration, degradation of performance and the damage to the hydraulic turbine components. Under the present study, an attempt has been made to carry out a numerical analysis to investigate the cavitation effect in a Francis turbine. Three dimensional numerical study approach of unsteady and SST turbulence model are considered for the numerical a...

  13. Possibility of Metal Processing Using Ultrasonic Cavitation Jet

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    Aoyagi, Ryoji; Fujiwara, Ryuichi; Niita, Tokuo

    2001-05-01

    Utilizing a high-intensity ultrasonic cavitation, a processing experiment was conducted with the aim of performing volumetric flow adjustment of a fuel jet nozzle to be used for a small engine, which cannot be carried out by a method such as machining. At the bottom of the nozzle used for the experiment, which is in the shape of a cup, a nozzle hole with a diameter of 0.15 mm is drilled. In this experiment, we make adjustments in the volumetric flow by grinding and removing the machining burr with the aid of the processing power of ultrasonic cavitation. The processing effect is highly dependent on the ultrasonic cavitation intensity. In the experiment, the processing reservoir was filled with pressurized highly deaerated water to increase the processing force by allowing cavitation with high intensity to be generated. The processing principle is to utilize the effect of a cavitation jet flow passing through the nozzle hole. To restrain the intake of the bubbles into the flow circuits during the pressure reduction cycle of the vibrator, the water flow was discharged into a pressure reduction reservoir. By allowing the horn tip with a diameter of 6 mm at a frequency of 28 kHz to approach the sample, followed by high-intensity ultrasonic irradiation, powerful cavitation was generated. As a result of the evaluation of the processing efficiency made based on the volumetric flow increase and microscopic observation of the nozzle, burrs smaller than 10 μm were almost entirely removed within 15 min of initial irradiation, resulting in a volumetric flow increase of more than 0.4%/min. However, in the case of burrs of more than 10 μm, no force that could remove the burrs was found. It was surprising for the burrs to generate deformation rather than to be removed.

  14. Mathematical Investigation of the Cavitation Phenomenon in the Nozzle with Partially Surface Wetting

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    Jablonská Jana

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Partially surface wetting has a great influence on friction losses in the fluid flow in both the pipeline system and the complex shape of hydraulic elements. In many hydraulic elements (valves, pump impellers, cavitation is generated, which significantly changes the hydraulic flow parameters, so the last part of the article is devoted to the mathematical solution of this phenomena and evaluates the impact of wall wetting on the size and shape of the cavitation area which appears in the nozzle and in small gaps at special conditions. If the cavitation appears e. g. near the wall of pipes, the blades of turbine or a pump, then it destroys the material surface. On the basis of this physical experiment (nozzle, a two-dimensional (2D mathematical cavitation model of Schnerr-Sauer was made and calculated shape and size of the cavitation region was compared with the experiment. Later this verified model of cavitation was used for cavitation research flow with partial surface wetting. The pressure drop and the size of the cavitation area as it flows from partially surface wetting theory was tested depending on the adhesion coefficient.

  15. Experimental study of the interaction between the spark-induced cavitation bubble and the air bubble

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    罗晶; 许唯临; 牛志攀; 罗书靖; 郑秋文

    2013-01-01

    Experiments are carried out by using high-speed photography to investigate the interaction between the spark-generated cavitation bubble and the air bubble in its surrounding fluid. Three problems are discussed in detail: the impact of the air bubble upon the development of the cavitation bubble, the evolution of the air bubble under the influence of the cavitation bubble, and the change of the fluid pressure during the development of a micro jet of the cavitation bubble. Based on the experimental results, under the condition of no air bubble present, the lifetime of the cavitation bubble from expansion to contraction increases with the increase of the maximum radius. On the other hand, when there is an air bubble present, different sized cavitation bubbles have similarity with one another generally in terms of the lifetime from expansion to contraction, which does not depend on the maximum radius. Also, with the presence of an air bubble, the lifetime of the smaller cavitation bubble is extended while that of the bigger ones reduced. Furthermore, it is shown in the experiment that the low pressure formed in the opposite direction to the cavitation bubble micro jet makes the air bubble in the low pressure area being stretched into a steplike shape.

  16. Detection of cavitation behavior using accelerometer and microphone outside of piping at orifice

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    Cavitation induced vibration and the consequent erosion of pipes are one aspect of the potential damaging factors in the piping system. In order to prevent such trouble, it is needed to develop a detection method of cavitation. Especially, in a plant system such as nuclear power plants, it is preferable to detect them by measuring outside of pipes during plant operation. In this paper, the detection methods of cavitation using an accelerometer and a microphone were experimentally examined and compared each other. As a result: (1) Output of the accelerometer varied with the cavitation number, and it output voltage increased with development of cavitation. When cavitation occurred, a pulse shaped signal, which might be a shockwave by collapse of cavitation bubbles, was clearly detected. (2) Output distribution of the accelerometer in the flow direction became large where cavitation bubbles collapsed, and output voltage of the accelerometer downstream of the orifice was larger than that of the accelerometer upstream of the orifice. (3) The measurement results with the microphone were similar to those of the accelerometer qualitatively, pulse-shape signals were detected, and difference of output voltages between microphones upstream and downstream of the orifice were measured. In the simultaneous measurements by the accelerometer and the microphone, both sensors detected the shockwave considered to be generated at the same time with a time delay of the microphone. The sound velocity evaluated from the time delay agreed well with the sound velocity in the air. Using the characteristics of the measurement results, cavitation using a microphone without contacting pipes could be performed like an accelerometer mounted on the pipe surface, and cavitation could be detected from the distribution of output voltages in the flow direction even in pipings of a plant without data base to compare. (author)

  17. Mitigation of tip vortex cavitation by means of air injection on a Kaplan turbine scale model

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    Kaplan turbines operating at full-load conditions may undergo excessive vibration, noise and cavitation. In such cases, damage by erosion associated to tip vortex cavitation can be observed at the discharge ring. This phenomenon involves design features such as (1) overhang of guide vanes; (2) blade profile; (3) gap increasing size with blade opening; (4) suction head; (5) operation point; and (6) discharge ring stiffness, among others. Tip vortex cavitation may cause erosion at the discharge ring and draft tube inlet following a wavy pattern, in which the number of vanes can be clearly identified. Injection of pressurized air above the runner blade centerline was tested as a mean to mitigate discharge ring cavitation damage on a scale model. Air entrance was observed by means of a high-speed camera in order to track the air trajectory toward its mergence with the tip vortex cavitation core. Post-processing of acceleration signals shows that the level of vibration and the RSI frequency amplitude decrease proportionally with air flow rate injected. These findings reveal the potential mitigating effect of air injection in preventing cavitation damage and will be useful in further tests to be performed on prototype, aiming at determining the optimum air flow rate, size and distribution of the injectors

  18. Numerical Modeling of Unsteady Cavitating Flows around a Stationary Hydrofoil

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    Antoine Ducoin

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this paper is to evaluate the predictive capability of three popular transport equation-based cavitation models for the simulations of partial sheet cavitation and unsteady sheet/cloud cavitating flows around a stationary NACA66 hydrofoil. The 2D calculations are performed by solving the Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes equation using the CFD solver CFX with the k-ω SST turbulence model. The local compressibility effect is considered using a local density correction for the turbulent eddy viscosity. The calculations are validated with experiments conducted in a cavitation tunnel at the French Naval Academy. The hydrofoil has a fixed angle of attack of α=6° with a Reynolds number of Re = 750,000 at different cavitation numbers σ. Without the density modification, over-prediction of the turbulent viscosity near the cavity closure reduces the cavity length and modifies the cavity shedding characteristics. The results show that it is important to capture both the mean and fluctuating values of the hydrodynamic coefficients because (1 the high amplitude of the fluctuations is critical to capturing the extremes of the loads to ensure structural safety and (2 the need to capture the frequency of the fluctuations, to avoid unwanted noise, vibrations, and accelerated fatigue issues.

  19. Mass Transfer During Osmotic Dehydration Using Acoustic Cavitation

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    孙宝芝; 淮秀兰; 姜任秋; 刘登瀛

    2005-01-01

    An experimental study on intensifying osmotic dehydration was carried out in a state of nature and with acoustic cavitation of different cavitating intensity (0.5A, 0.TA and 0.9A) respectively, in which the material is apple slice of 5 mm thickness. The result showed that acoustic cavitation remarkably enhanced the osmotic dehydration, and the water loss was accelerated with the increase of cavitating intensity. The water diffusivity coefficients ranged from 1.8 × 10-10 m2.s-1 at 0.5A to 2.6 × 10-10 m2.s-1 at 0.9A, and solute diffusivity coefficients ranged from 3.5×10-11 m2.s-1 at 0.5A to 4.6×10-11 m2.s-1 at 0.9A. On the basis of experiments, a mathematical model was established about mass transfer during osmotic dehydration, and the numerical simulation was carried out. The calculated results agree well with experimental data, and represent the rule of mass transfer during osmotic dehydration intensified by acoustic cavitation.

  20. Model test and CFD calculation of a cavitating bulb turbine

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    Necker, J; Aschenbrenner, T, E-mail: joerg.necker@voith.co [Voith Hydro Holding GmbH and Co. KG Alexanderstrasse 11, 89522 Heidenheim (Germany)

    2010-08-15

    The flow in a horizontal shaft bulb turbine is calculated as a two-phase flow with a commercial Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD-)-code including cavitation model. The results are compared with experimental results achieved at a closed loop test rig for model turbines. On the model test rig, for a certain operating point (i.e. volume flow, net head, blade angle, guide vane opening) the pressure behind the turbine is lowered (i.e. the Thoma-coefficient {sigma} is lowered) and the efficiency of the turbine is recorded. The measured values can be depicted in a so-called {sigma}-break curve or {eta}- {sigma}-diagram. Usually, the efficiency is independent of the Thoma-coefficient up to a certain value. When lowering the Thoma-coefficient below this value the efficiency will drop rapidly. Visual observations of the different cavitation conditions complete the experiment. In analogy, several calculations are done for different Thoma-coefficients {sigma}and the corresponding hydraulic losses of the runner are evaluated quantitatively. For a low {sigma}-value showing in the experiment significant efficiency loss, the the change of volume flow in the experiment was simulated. Besides, the fraction of water vapour as an indication of the size of the cavitation cavity is analyzed qualitatively. The experimentally and the numerically obtained results are compared and show a good agreement. Especially the drop in efficiency can be calculated with satisfying accuracy. This drop in efficiency is of high practical importance since it is one criterion to determine the admissible cavitation in a bulb-turbine. The visual impression of the cavitation in the CFD-analysis is well in accordance with the observed cavitation bubbles recorded on sketches and/or photographs.

  1. Visualization of cavitation bubbles; Visualisation de bulles de cavitation

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    Chouvellon, M.; Fournel, Th.; Ducottet, Ch. [Universite Jean Monnet, 31 Saint-Etienne (France). Laboratoire Traitement du Signal et Instrumentation-UMR CNRS 5516

    1999-07-01

    A high frequency ultrasonic reactor allows the degradation of some organic compounds which are not or poorly biodegradable by usual methods in industrial flows. The propagation of an ultrasonic wave in a liquid induces cavitation phenomena. The implosion of cavitation bubble locally causes a temperature of about several thousand Kelvins and a pressure of about several hundred bars. Such conditions allow the creation of the hydroxyl radicals and then the oxidation of organic compounds. The aim of this paper is to describe the method used to visualize cavitation bubbles in an ultrasonic reactor at a frequency of 500 kHz. The experimental set-up and the measurement of both the bubble radius and the fringe separation are presented. (authors)

  2. Ultrasonic cavitation erosion of nodular cast iron with ferrite-pearlite microstructure.

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    Mitelea, Ion; Bordeaşu, Ilare; Pelle, Marius; Crăciunescu, Corneliu

    2015-03-01

    The cavitation erosion of ductile cast iron with ferrite-pearlite microstructure was analyzed based on ultrasonic experiments performed according to ASTM G32-2010 and the resistance was compared to the C45 steel with similar hardness. The microstructural observation of the surface for different exposure times to the ultrasonic cavitation reveals the fact that the process initiates at the nodular graphite-ferrite interface and is controlled by micro-galvanic activities and mechanical factors. The cavitation erosion resistance was evaluated based on the evolution of the mean depth erosion and the mean depth erosion rate as a function of the cavitation time. The cavitation erosion rate of the cast iron is up to 1.32 times higher than the one of the C 45 steel with similar hardness. This is explained by the occurrence of stress concentrators due to the expulsion of the graphite from the metallic matrix. PMID:25465881

  3. CFD analysis of cloud cavitation on three tip-modified propellers with systematically varied tip geometry

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    Shin, K. W.; Andersen, P.

    2015-01-01

    The blade tip loading is often reduced as an effort to restrain sheet and tip vortex cavitation in the design of marine propellers. This CFD analysis demonstrates that an excessive reduction of the tip loading can cause cloud cavitation responsible for much of noise and surface erosion. Detached...... eddy simulations (DES) are made for cavitating flows on three tip- modified propellers, of which one is a reference propeller having an experimental result from a cavitation tunnel test with a hull model, and the other two are modified from the reference propeller by altering the blade tip loading. DES...... results have been validated against the experiment in terms of sheet and cloud cavitation. In DES, non-uniform hull wake is modelled by using the inlet flow and momentum sources instead of including a hull model. A 4-bladed Kappel propeller with a smooth tip bending towards the suction side is used as the...

  4. Pseudopotential MRT lattice Boltzmann model for cavitation bubble collapse with high density ratio

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    Shan, Ming-Lei; Yao, Cheng; Yin, Cheng; Jiang, Xiao-Yan

    2016-01-01

    The dynamics of the cavitation bubble collapse is a fundamental issue for the bubble collapse application and prevention. In present work, the modified forcing scheme for the pseudopotential multi-relaxation-time lattice Boltzmann model developed by Li Q. et al. is adopted to develop a cavitation bubble collapse model. In the respects of coexistence curves and Laplace law verification, the improved pseudopotential multi-relaxation-time lattice Boltzmann model is investigated. The independence between the kinematic viscosity and the thermodynamic consistency, surface tension is founded. By homogeneous and heterogeneous cavitation simulation, the capability of the present model to describe the cavitation bubble development as well as the cavitation inception is verified. The bubble collapse between two parallel walls is simulated. The dynamic process of collapsing bubble is consistent with the results from experiments and simulations by other numerical method. It is demonstrated that the present pseudopotential...

  5. Cavitation Erosion of Sensitized UNS S31803 Duplex Stainless Steels

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    Mitelea, Ion; Micu, Lavinia Mădălina; Bordeaşu, Ilare; Crăciunescu, Corneliu Marius

    2016-05-01

    During processing or use, duplex steels can be subjected to heating at high temperatures that can affect their behavior. This work aims to correlate the influence of the sensitization treatment on the ultrasonic cavitation erosion behavior of a UNS S31803 (X2CrNiMoN22-5-3) duplex stainless steel. Duplex stainless steels, formed as a result of rapid cooling after solution annealing, are sensitized at temperatures of 475 and 850 °C, respectively, leading to hardening and embrittlement due to the spinodal decomposition of the ferrite and the precipitation of secondary phases. The ultrasonic cavitation erosion experiments showed that the sensitization at 850 °C reduced the mean depth of erosion by about 11% and the mean depth of erosion rate by 28%. By contrast, the sensitization at 475 °C deteriorates the cavitation erosion resistance, increasing the erosion parameters by up to 22%, compared to the solution annealed state.

  6. Large-eddy simulation of cavitating nozzle and jet flows

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    Örley, F.; Trummler, T.; Hickel, S.; Mihatsch, M. S.; Schmidt, S. J.; Adams, N. A.

    2015-12-01

    We present implicit large-eddy simulations (LES) to study the primary breakup of cavitating liquid jets. The considered configuration, which consists of a rectangular nozzle geometry, adopts the setup of a reference experiment for validation. The setup is a generic reproduction of a scaled-up automotive fuel injector. Modelling of all components (i.e. gas, liquid, and vapor) is based on a barotropic two-fluid two-phase model and employs a homogenous mixture approach. The cavitating liquid model assumes thermodynamic- equilibrium. Compressibility of all phases is considered in order to capture pressure wave dynamics of collapse events. Since development of cavitation significantly affects jet break-up characteristics, we study three different operating points. We identify three main mechanisms which induce primary jet break-up: amplification of turbulent fluctuations, gas entrainment, and collapse events near the liquid-gas interface.

  7. Cavitation Erosion of Sensitized UNS S31803 Duplex Stainless Steels

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    Mitelea, Ion; Micu, Lavinia Mădălina; Bordeaşu, Ilare; Crăciunescu, Corneliu Marius

    2016-04-01

    During processing or use, duplex steels can be subjected to heating at high temperatures that can affect their behavior. This work aims to correlate the influence of the sensitization treatment on the ultrasonic cavitation erosion behavior of a UNS S31803 (X2CrNiMoN22-5-3) duplex stainless steel. Duplex stainless steels, formed as a result of rapid cooling after solution annealing, are sensitized at temperatures of 475 and 850 °C, respectively, leading to hardening and embrittlement due to the spinodal decomposition of the ferrite and the precipitation of secondary phases. The ultrasonic cavitation erosion experiments showed that the sensitization at 850 °C reduced the mean depth of erosion by about 11% and the mean depth of erosion rate by 28%. By contrast, the sensitization at 475 °C deteriorates the cavitation erosion resistance, increasing the erosion parameters by up to 22%, compared to the solution annealed state.

  8. Prediction of Performance of a Cavitating Propeller in Oblique Inflow

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    Tian, Ye; Kinnas, Spyros A.

    2015-12-01

    A cavitating propeller subject to an oblique inflow in a cavitating tunnel is simulated using potential flow methods coupled with a Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) solver. The propeller is mainly modelled using a panel method, while the inflow to the propeller is evaluated by coupling a Vortex-Lattice Method (VLM) with the RANS solver. The effects of the tunnel wall are incorporated into the calculated effective inflow to the propeller. The predicted propeller forces and cavity pattern are correlated with experiment. The fully wetted open water characteristics of the propeller predicted by the panel method are presented as well.

  9. Experimental research of a microjet cavitation

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    Olšiak Róbert

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents some results of a cavitation research behind a micro-orifice. Investigated were the conditions of the origin of cavitation represented by parameters such as upstream pressure, downstream pressure, liquid temperature and cavitation number. Presented are also images of a cavitating microjet made by the high speed high definition camera RedLake Y3. Dimensions of a microjet are: diameter 0,3 mm; length 0,5 mm.

  10. DAMAGES TO INJECTORS IN DIESEL ENGINES

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    Piotr Ignaciuk

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The article describes damages to high pressure injectors used in common rail injection systems. The conducted analysis of their causes includes the diagnosis of injectors on a test bench and the results of microscopic research of damaged components. The tribological damages of high pressure injectors are local and cavitations pitting. The place of cavitations pitting are mainly check valves, where the reduction in the quantity of injected fuel is forming.

  11. Numerical and Experimental Investigation of Cavitation Erosion Potential

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    Sedlář, M.; Zima, Patrik; Müller, M.

    Dresden : FZD & ANSYS, 2009. s. 1-24. [ANSYS & FZD Short Course and Workshop Multiphase Flows Simulation, Experiment and Application /7./. 26.05.2009-28.05.2009, Dresden-Rossendorf] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA101/07/1612 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20760514 Keywords : cavitation * erosion * pumps Subject RIV: BK - Fluid Dynamics

  12. Size effects on cavitation instabilities

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    Niordson, Christian Frithiof; Tvergaard, Viggo

    2006-01-01

    growth is here analyzed for such cases. A finite strain generalization of a higher order strain gradient plasticity theory is applied for a power-law hardening material, and the numerical analyses are carried out for an axisymmetric unit cell containing a spherical void. In the range of high stress......In metal-ceramic systems the constraint on plastic flow leads to so high stress triaxialities that cavitation instabilities may occur. If the void radius is on the order of magnitude of a characteristic length for the metal, the rate of void growth is reduced, and the possibility of unstable cavity...... triaxiality, where cavitation instabilities are predicted by conventional plasticity theory, such instabilities are also found for the nonlocal theory, but the effects of gradient hardening delay the onset of the instability. Furthermore, in some cases the cavitation stress reaches a maximum and then decays...

  13. Cavitation Effects in Centrifugal Pumps- A Review

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    Maxime Binama

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Cavitation is one of the most challenging fluid flow abnormalities leading to detrimental effects on both the centrifugal pump flow behaviors and physical characteristics. Centrifugal pumps’ most low pressure zones are the first cavitation victims, where cavitation manifests itself in form of pitting on the pump internal solid walls, accompanied by noise and vibration, all leading to the pump hydraulic performance degradation. In the present article, a general description of centrifugal pump performance and related parameters is presented. Based on the literature survey, some light were shed on fundamental cavitation features; where different aspects relating to cavitation in centrifugal pumps were briefly discussed

  14. Cavitation as a Mechanism to Enhance Wetting in a Mercury Thermal Convection Loop

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    Pawel, SJ

    2001-07-17

    Type 316L stainless steel was statically tested under cavitation conditions via an ultrasonic transducer externally mounted on a tube filled with ambient mercury. During the preliminary exposure (24 h, 20 kHz, 1.5 MPa), cavitation resulted in apparent wetting of the specimens by mercury as well as general surface roughening and wastage similar to erosion damage. Subsequently, a thermal convection loop identical to those used previously to study thermal gradient mass transfer was modified to include an externally-mounted donut-shaped transducer in order to similarly produce cavitation and wetting at temperatures prototypic of those expected in the SNS target. However, a series of attempts to develop cavitation and wetting on 316L specimens in the thermal convection loop was unsuccessful.

  15. Numerical investigation of unsteady cavitation around a NACA 66 hydrofoil using OpenFOAM

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    Hidalgo, V. H.; Luo, X. W.; Escaler, X.; Ji, J.; Aguinaga, A.

    2014-03-01

    The prediction and control of cavitation damage in pumps, propellers, hydro turbines and fluid machinery in general is necessary during the design stage. The present paper deals with a numerical investigation of unsteady cloud cavitation around a NACA 66 hydrofoil. The current study is focused on understanding the dynamic pressures generated during the cavity collapses as a fundamental characteristic in cavitation erosion. A 2D and 3D unsteady flow simulation has been carried out using OpenFOAM. Then, Paraview and Python programming language have been used to characterize dynamic pressure field. Adapted Large Eddy Simulation (LES) and Zwart cavitation model have been implemented to improve the analysis of cloud motion and to visualize the bubble expansions. Additional results also confirm the correlation between cavity formation and generated pressures.

  16. Numerical investigation of unsteady cavitation around a NACA 66 hydrofoil using OpenFOAM

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    The prediction and control of cavitation damage in pumps, propellers, hydro turbines and fluid machinery in general is necessary during the design stage. The present paper deals with a numerical investigation of unsteady cloud cavitation around a NACA 66 hydrofoil. The current study is focused on understanding the dynamic pressures generated during the cavity collapses as a fundamental characteristic in cavitation erosion. A 2D and 3D unsteady flow simulation has been carried out using OpenFOAM. Then, Paraview and Python programming language have been used to characterize dynamic pressure field. Adapted Large Eddy Simulation (LES) and Zwart cavitation model have been implemented to improve the analysis of cloud motion and to visualize the bubble expansions. Additional results also confirm the correlation between cavity formation and generated pressures

  17. Coseismic Damage Generation in Fault Zones by Successive High Strain Rate Loading Experiments

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    Aben, F. M.; Doan, M. L.; Renard, F.; Toussaint, R.; Reuschlé, T.; Gratier, J. P.

    2014-12-01

    Damage zones of active faults control both resistance to rupture and transport properties of the fault. Hence, knowing the rock damage's origin is important to constrain its properties. Here we study experimentally the damage generated by a succession of dynamic loadings, a process mimicking the stress history of a rock sample located next to an active fault. A propagating rupture generates high frequency stress perturbations next to its tip. This dynamic loading creates pervasive damage (pulverization), as multiple fractures initiate and grow simultaneously. Previous single loading experiments have shown a strain rate threshold for pulverization. Here, we focus on conditions below this threshold and the dynamic peak stress to constrain: 1) if there is dynamic fracturing at these conditions and 2) if successive loadings (cumulative seismic events) result in pervasive fracturing, effectively reducing the pulverization threshold to milder conditions. Monzonite samples were dynamically loaded (strain rate > 50 s-1) several times below the dynamic peak strength, using a Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar apparatus. Several quasi-static experiments were conducted as well (strain rate < 10-5-s). Samples loaded up to stresses above the quasi-static uniaxial compressive strength (qsUCS) systematically fragmented or pulverized after four successive loadings. We measured several damage proxies (P-wave velocity, porosity), that show a systematic increase in damage with each load. In addition, micro-computed tomography acquisition on several damage samples revealed the growth of a pervasive fracture network between ensuing loadings. Samples loaded dynamically below the qsUCS failed along one fracture after a variable amount of loadings and damage proxies do not show any a systematic trend. Our conclusions is that milder dynamic loading conditions, below the dynamic peak strength, result in pervasive dynamic fracturing. Also, successive loadings effectively lower the pulverization

  18. Quantum cavitation in liquid helium

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    Guilleumas, Montserrat; Barranco Gómez, Manuel; Jezek, Dora M.; Lombard, Roland J.; Pi Pericay, Martí

    1996-01-01

    Using a functional-integral approach, we have determined the temperature below which cavitation in liquid helium is driven by thermally assisted quantum tunneling. For both helium isotopes, we have obtained the crossover temperature in the whole range of allowed negative p essures. Our results are compatible with recent experimental results on 4He.

  19. The cora-program: out-of-pile experiments on severe fuel damage

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    For the investigation of early phase in-vessel severe accident phenomena in PWR, BWR and VVER-1000 reactors, 17 integral out-of-pile experiments were performed. The experiments were supported by extensive separate effects tests. The results of all experiments show, that the interactions between the components of the fuel bundle and the surrounding atmosphere have a strong influence on the damage development. All CORA experiments with sufficient steam input showed a temperature escalation, caused by the exothermic Zircaloy/steam oxidation. Connected to the oxidation is the correspondent hydrogen production. Reflood (water quenching) of a damaged core cannot only fragment oxidation-embrittled Zircaloy cladding, fracture solidified once-molten materials (blockages), but also induce locally a renewed temperature rise and an additional hydrogen generation. Accident management strategies must consider the consequences of reflood phenomena

  20. Cavitation erosion tests of high tensile stainless steels for the Techno-Superliner (TSL-F) hulls; Techno superliner (TSL-F) sentai kozoyo kokyodo stainless ko no cavitation erosion

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    Matsuo, M.; Ito, H.; Shibasaki, K. [NKK Corp., Tokyo (Japan); Mizuta, A.; Sugimoto, H. [Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., Kobe (Japan); Tomono, Y. [Hitachi Zosen Corp., Osaka (Japan)

    1996-12-31

    Investigations were given by using the magnetostrictive vibration method and the high-speed fluid testing method on cavitation erosion resistance of high-tensile stainless steels thought to have high applicability to submerged hull structures of Techno-Supeliner (TSL-L). The investigations revealed that these steels have nearly equivalent resistance to even SUS 304 or 15-5PH steel which is thought to have the highest cavitation erosion resistance among the conventional materials used customarily. An experiment using both materials provided a result different quantitatively but similar qualitatively in relative merits between the materials. Correlation between both materials was presented. A cavitation erosion experiment using a 1/6 scale model of the actual TSL-F was carried out to measure the amount of cavitation erosion generated on wing surfaces. Results from the experiment were used to attempt estimation of cavitation erosion amount at the level of the actual TSL-F. 21 refs., 12 figs., 3 tabs.

  1. Principles of Experience-Dependent Neural Plasticity: Implications for Rehabilitation after Brain Damage

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    Kleim, Jeffrey A.; Jones, Theresa A.

    2008-01-01

    Purpose: This paper reviews 10 principles of experience-dependent neural plasticity and considerations in applying them to the damaged brain. Method: Neuroscience research using a variety of models of learning, neurological disease, and trauma are reviewed from the perspective of basic neuroscientists but in a manner intended to be useful for the…

  2. Tandem shock wave cavitation enhancement for extracorporeal lithotripsy.

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    Loske, Achim M; Prieto, Fernando E; Fernandez, Francisco; van Cauwelaert, Javier

    2002-11-21

    Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) has been successful for more than twenty years in treating patients with kidney stones. Hundreds of underwater shock waves are generated outside the patient's body and focused on the kidney stone. Stones fracture mainly due to spalling, cavitation and layer separation. Cavitation bubbles are produced in the vicinity of the stone by the tensile phase of each shock wave. Bubbles expand, stabilize and finally collapse violently, creating stone-damaging secondary shock waves and microjets. Bubble collapse can be intensified by sending a second shock wave a few hundred microseconds after the first. A novel method of generating two piezoelectrically generated shock waves with an adjustable time delay between 50 and 950 micros is described and tested. The objective is to enhance cavitation-induced damage to kidney stones during ESWL in order to reduce treatment time. In vitro kidney stone model fragmentation efficiency and pressure measurements were compared with those for a standard ESWL system. Results indicate that fragmentation efficiency was significantly enhanced at a shock wave delay of about 400 and 250 micros using rectangular and spherical stone phantoms, respectively. The system presented here could be installed in clinical devices at relatively low cost, without the need for a second shock wave generator. PMID:12476975

  3. Out-of-pile bundle experiments on severe fuel damage (CORA-program): Objectives, test matrix and facility description

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    As part of the Severe Fuel Damage Program by the German Nuclear Safety Project, out-of-pile experiments are being conducted at the Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe to investigate the damage behaviour of PWR fuel rod bundles under Severe Fuel Damage conditions (CORA-Program). This report describes the objectives, the test matrix and the CORA-facility. (orig.)

  4. Prediction of cryogenic cavitation around hydrofoil by an extensional Schnerr-Sauer cavitation model

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    Sun, T. Z.; Wei, Y. J.; Wang, C.

    2015-12-01

    Developing a robust computational strategy to address the rich physics characteristic involved in the thermodynamic effects on the cryogenic cavitation remains a challenging problem. The objective of this present study is to model the numerical methodology to simulate the cryogenic cavitation by implanting the thermodynamic effects to the Schnerr-Sauer cavitation model, and coupling the energy equation considered the latent heat. For this purpose, cavitating flows are investigated over a three dimensional hydrofoil in liquid hydrogen and nitrogen. Experimental measurements of pressure and temperature are utilized to validate the extensional Schnerr-Sauer cavitation model. Specifically, the further analysis of the cavitation solution with respect to the thermodynamic term is conducted. The results show that the extensional Schnerr-Sauer cavitation model predicts better accuracy to the quasi-steady cavitation over hydrofoil in the two cryogenic fluids.

  5. Cavitating flow during water hammer using a generalized interface vaporous cavitation model

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    Sadafi, Mohamadhosein; Riasi, Alireza; Nourbakhsh, Seyed Ahmad

    2012-10-01

    In a transient flow simulation, column separation may occur when the calculated pressure head decreases to the saturated vapor pressure head in a computational grid. Abrupt valve closure or pump failure can result in a fast transient flow with column separation, potentially causing problems such as pipe failure, hydraulic equipment damage, cavitation or corrosion. This paper reports a numerical study of water hammer with column separation in a simple reservoir-pipeline-valve system and pumping station. The governing equations for two-phase transient flow in pipes are solved based on the method of characteristics (MOC) using a generalized interface vaporous cavitating model (GIVCM). The numerical results were compared with the experimental data for validation purposes, and the comparison indicated that the GIVCM describes the experimental results more accurately than the discrete vapor cavity model (DVCM). In particular, the GIVCM correlated better with the experimental data than the DVCM in terms of timing and pressure magnitude. The effects of geometric and hydraulic parameters on flow behavior in a pumping station with column separation were also investigated in this study.

  6. Neutron dosimetry and damage calculation for the JP-10, 11, 13, and 16 experiments in HFIR

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    Greenwood, L.R.; Ratner, R.T.

    1996-04-01

    Neutron fluence measurements and radiation damage calculations are reported for the joint U.S./Japanese experiments JP-10, 11, 13, and 16 in the target of the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL). These experiments were irradiated at 85 MW for 238.5 EFPD. The maximum fast neutron fluence >0.1 MeV was about 2.1E + 22 n/cm{sup 2} for all of the experiments resulting in about 17.3 dpa in 316 stainless steel.

  7. Improvement in cavitation erosion resistance of AISI 316L stainless steel by friction stir processing

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    Commercial AISI 316L plates with the initial grain size of 14.8 μm were friction stir processed (FSP) with different processing parameters, resulting in two fine-grained microstructures with the grain sizes of 4.6 and 1.7 μm. The cavitation erosion behavior, before and after FSP, was evaluated in terms of incubation time, cumulative mass loss and mean depth of erosion. A separate cavitation erosion test was performed on the transverse cross section of a FSP sample to reveal the effect of grain structure. It was observed that FSP samples, depending on their grain size, are at least 3–6 times more resistant than the base material against cavitation erosion. The improvement in cavitation erosion resistance is attributed to smaller grain structure, lower fraction of twin boundaries, and favorable crystallographic orientation of grains in FSP samples. The finer the grain size, the more cavitation erosion resistance was achieved. Moreover, the microstructures of eroded surfaces were studied using a scanning electron microscope equipped with EBSD, and an atomic force microscope. The mechanisms controlling the cavitation erosion damage in friction stir processed AISI 316L are also discussed.

  8. Improvement in cavitation erosion resistance of AISI 316L stainless steel by friction stir processing

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    Hajian, M.; Abdollah-zadeh, A.; Rezaei-Nejad, S. S.; Assadi, H.; Hadavi, S. M. M.; Chung, K.; Shokouhimehr, M.

    2014-07-01

    Commercial AISI 316L plates with the initial grain size of 14.8 μm were friction stir processed (FSP) with different processing parameters, resulting in two fine-grained microstructures with the grain sizes of 4.6 and 1.7 μm. The cavitation erosion behavior, before and after FSP, was evaluated in terms of incubation time, cumulative mass loss and mean depth of erosion. A separate cavitation erosion test was performed on the transverse cross section of a FSP sample to reveal the effect of grain structure. It was observed that FSP samples, depending on their grain size, are at least 3-6 times more resistant than the base material against cavitation erosion. The improvement in cavitation erosion resistance is attributed to smaller grain structure, lower fraction of twin boundaries, and favorable crystallographic orientation of grains in FSP samples. The finer the grain size, the more cavitation erosion resistance was achieved. Moreover, the microstructures of eroded surfaces were studied using a scanning electron microscope equipped with EBSD, and an atomic force microscope. The mechanisms controlling the cavitation erosion damage in friction stir processed AISI 316L are also discussed.

  9. Improvement in cavitation erosion resistance of AISI 316L stainless steel by friction stir processing

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    Hajian, M. [Department of Materials Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, P.O. Box 14115-143, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Abdollah-zadeh, A., E-mail: zadeh@modares.ac.ir [Department of Materials Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, P.O. Box 14115-143, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Rezaei-Nejad, S.S.; Assadi, H. [Department of Materials Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, P.O. Box 14115-143, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hadavi, S.M.M. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, MA University of Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Chung, K. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Research Institute of Advanced Materials, Engineering Research Institute, Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Shokouhimehr, M. [Department of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-742 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-07-01

    Commercial AISI 316L plates with the initial grain size of 14.8 μm were friction stir processed (FSP) with different processing parameters, resulting in two fine-grained microstructures with the grain sizes of 4.6 and 1.7 μm. The cavitation erosion behavior, before and after FSP, was evaluated in terms of incubation time, cumulative mass loss and mean depth of erosion. A separate cavitation erosion test was performed on the transverse cross section of a FSP sample to reveal the effect of grain structure. It was observed that FSP samples, depending on their grain size, are at least 3–6 times more resistant than the base material against cavitation erosion. The improvement in cavitation erosion resistance is attributed to smaller grain structure, lower fraction of twin boundaries, and favorable crystallographic orientation of grains in FSP samples. The finer the grain size, the more cavitation erosion resistance was achieved. Moreover, the microstructures of eroded surfaces were studied using a scanning electron microscope equipped with EBSD, and an atomic force microscope. The mechanisms controlling the cavitation erosion damage in friction stir processed AISI 316L are also discussed.

  10. Noise caused by cavitating Butterfly and Monovar Valves. Effects of cavitation on acoustic sources; numerical simulation

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    An experimental study of the effects of cavitation was carried out through an analysis of cavitating Butterfly and Monovar valves. For each variation case, the nature of the dominant source is determined in relation to frequency. Once the parameters of the cavitation zone are identified, a three-zone model is used in order to pinpoint the acoustic sources with cavitation. In order to determine acoustic sources, we present a numerical simulation using a bubbles population. (authors)

  11. Numerical and Experimental Studies of Cavitation Behavior in Water-Jet Cavitation Peening Processing

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    Zhang, H.; Han, B.; X.G. Yu; Ju, D.Y.

    2013-01-01

    Water-jet cavitation peening (WCP) is a new technology for the surface modification of metallic materials. The cavitation behavior in this process involves complex and changeable physics phenomena, such as high speed, high pressure, multiple phases, phase transition, turbulence, and unstable features. Thus, the cavitation behavior and impact-pressure distribution in WCP have always been key problems in this field. Numerous factors affect the occurrence of cavitation. These factors include flo...

  12. Accelerated Aging Experiments for Prognostics of Damage Growth in Composite Materials

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    Saxena, Abhinav; Goebel, Kai Frank; Larrosa, Cecilia C.; Janapati, Vishnuvardhan; Roy, Surajit; Chang, Fu-Kuo

    2011-01-01

    Composite structures are gaining importance for use in the aerospace industry. Compared to metallic structures their behavior is less well understood. This lack of understanding may pose constraints on their use. One possible way to deal with some of the risks associated with potential failure is to perform in-situ monitoring to detect precursors of failures. Prognostic algorithms can be used to predict impending failures. They require large amounts of training data to build and tune damage model for making useful predictions. One of the key aspects is to get confirmatory feedback from data as damage progresses. These kinds of data are rarely available from actual systems. The next possible resource to collect such data is an accelerated aging platform. To that end this paper describes a fatigue cycling experiment with the goal to stress carbon-carbon composite coupons with various layups. Piezoelectric disc sensors were used to periodically interrogate the system. Analysis showed distinct differences in the signatures of growing failures between data collected at conditions. Periodic X-radiographs were taken to assess the damage ground truth. Results after signal processing showed clear trends of damage growth that were correlated to damage assessed from the X-ray images.

  13. Numerical simulation of cavitation erosion on a NACA0015 hydrofoil based on bubble collapse strength

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    Hidalgo, V.; Luo, X.; Escaler, X.; Huang, R.; Valencia, E.

    2015-12-01

    The prediction of erosion under unsteady cavitation is crucial to prevent damage in hydraulic machinery. The present investigation deals with the numerical simulation of erosive partial cavitation around a NACA0015 hydrofoil. The study presents the calculation of the bubble collapse strength, Sb, based on the bubble potential energy to identify the surface areas with highest risk of damage. The results are obtained with a numerical scheme assuming homogeneous mixture flow, implicit LES and Zwart cavitation model. The 3D unsteady flow simulation has been solved using OpenFOAM. Python language and OpenFOAM calculator (foamCalcEx) have been used to obtain and represent Sb. The obtained results clearly show the instants of erosive bubble collapse and the affected surface areas.

  14. Cavitation Erosion Corrosion Behaviour of Manganese-nickel -aluminum Bronze in Comparison with Manganese-brass

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    Hong Yu; Yugui Zheng; Zhiming Yao

    2009-01-01

    The cavitation erosion corrosion behaviour of ZQMn 12-8-3-2 manganese-nickel-aluminum bronze and ZHMn55-3-1 manganese-brass was investigated by mass loss, electrochemical measurements (polarization curves and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy) and the cavitation damaged surfaces were observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results showed that ZQMn 12-8-3-2 had better cavitation erosion resistance than ZHMn55-3-l. After the cavitation erosion for 6 h, the cumulative mass loss of ZQMnl2-8-3-2 was about 1/3 that of ZHMn55-3-l. The corrosion current density of ZQMnl2-8-3-2 was less than that of ZHMn55-3-l under both static and cavitaiton condition. The free-corrosion potentials of ZQMnl2-8-3-2 and ZHMn55-3-l were all shifted in positive direction under cavitation condition compared to static condition. In the total cu-mulative mass loss under cavitation condition, the pure erosion played a key role for the two tested materials (74% for ZHMn55-3-l and 60% for ZQMnl2-8-3-2), and the total synergism between corrosion and erosion of ZQMnl2-8-3-2 (39%) was larger than that of ZHMn55-3-l (23%). The high cavitation erosion resistance of ZQMnl2-8-3-2 was mainly attributed to its lower stacking fault energy (SFE), the higher microhardness and work-hardening ability as well as the favorable propagation of cavitation cracks for ZQMn 12-8-3-2, i.e., parallel to the surface rather than perpendicular to the surface for ZHMn55-3-l.

  15. Cavitation erosion of laser processed Fe-Cr-Mn and Fe-Cr-Co alloys

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    M. Szkodo

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Purpose of this paper is attempt explanation how laser beam processing influence on the cavitation performance of the Fe-Cr-Mn and Fe-Cr-Co alloys. This kind of alloys are frequently used in Polish power plants to routine repairs of damaged blades working under cavitation loading.Design/methodology/approach: Padding welds of investigated alloys were tested for three cases: after laser melting, after laser heating of the solid state and without additional processing. Cw. CO2 laser was employed as a source of radiation. The rotating disk rig was used in cavitation erosion investigations. The chemical composition, microstructure, and phase identification of the processed and subjected to cavitation loading alloys were examined using light microscopy, X-ray diffractometry and scanning electron microscopy, respectively.Findings: Phase transformation for processed and unprocessed alloys was observed. Obtained results revealed that laser processing contributes to delaying of austenite → martensite phase transformation. Kinetic of this transformation is different for investigated alloys and depends on the chemical composition and applied laser processing. Research limitations/implications: Reported research ought to be completed and full cavitation curves (volume loss in time for laser beam processed alloys must be done. Practical implications: For low intensity of cavitation loading, like in field conditions laser beam processing can increase of cavitation erosion resistance of investigated alloys due to increase of hardness.Originality/value: Confirmation that creation of the transformed and hardfacing structures by laser techniques leads in many cases to considerable changes in cavitation erosion properties of the processed materials.

  16. Numerical simulation of steady cavitating flow of viscous fluid in a Francis hydroturbine

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    Panov, L. V.; Chirkov, D. V.; Cherny, S. G.; Pylev, I. M.; Sotnikov, A. A.

    2012-09-01

    Numerical technique was developed for simulation of cavitating flows through the flow passage of a hydraulic turbine. The technique is based on solution of steady 3D Navier—Stokes equations with a liquid phase transfer equation. The approch for setting boundary conditions meeting the requirements of cavitation testing standard was suggested. Four different models of evaporation and condensation were compared. Numerical simulations for turbines of different specific speed were compared with experiment.

  17. Cavitation study of a pump-turbine at turbine mode with critical cavitation coefficient condition

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    Wang, J.; Yang, D.; Xu, J. W.; Liu, J. T.; Jiao, L.

    2016-05-01

    To study the cavitation phenomenon of a pump-turbine at turbine mode when it ran at the critical cavitation coefficient condition, a high-head model pump-turbine was disperse using hexahedron grid. Three dimensional, steady cavitating flow was numerically studied using SST k-ω model. It is confirmed that ZGB cavitation model and SST k-ω model are useful ways to study the two-phase cavitation flow in pump-turbine. Mass flow inlet and pressure outlet were specified at the casing inlet and draft tube outlet, respectively. The static pressure was set according to the cavitation coefficient. The steady cavitating flows at critical cavitation coefficient condition were analysed. The cavitation area in the runner was investigated. It was found that the pressure of the suction on the blade surface was decreasing gradually with the decrease of the cavitation coefficient. In addition, the vortex flow in the draft tube was observed at the critical cavitation coefficient. It was found that the vortex flow appeared at the center of the draft tube inlet with the decreasing of the cavitation coefficient. Compared with the experimental data, the simulation results show reasonable agreement with the experimental data.

  18. Cavitation for improved sludge conversion into biogas

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    Stoop, A.H.; Bakker, T.W.; Kramer, H.J.M.

    2015-01-01

    In several studies the beneficial influence of pre-treatment of waste activated sludge with cavitation on the biogas production was demonstrated. It is however, still not fully certain whether this effect should be mainly contributed to an increase in conversion rate of organics into biogas by anaerobic bacteria, and how much cavitation increases the total biogas yield. An increase in yield is only the case if cavitation can further disrupt otherwise inaccessible cell membrane structures and ...

  19. Cavitation-Induced Fusion: Proof of Concept

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    Fomitchev-Zamilov, Max I.

    2012-01-01

    Cavitation-induced fusion (also known as bubble fusion or sonofusion) has been a topic of much debate and controversy and is generally (albeit incorrectly) perceived as unworkable. In this paper we present the theoretical foundations of cavitation-induced fusion and summarize the experimental results of the research conducted in the past 20 years. Based on the systematic study of all available data we conclude that the cavitation-induced fusion is feasible, doable, and can be used for commerc...

  20. Memory-Effect on Acoustic Cavitation

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    Yavaṣ, Oğuz; Leiderer, Paul; Park, Hee K.; Grigoropoulos, Costas P.; Poon, Chie C.; Tam, Andrew C.

    1994-01-01

    The formation of bubbles at a liquid-solid interface due to acoustic cavitation depends particularly on the preconditions of the interface. Here, it wiIl be shown that following laser-induced bubble formation at the interface the acoustic cavitation efficiency is strongly enhanced. Optical reflectance measurements reveal that this observed enhancement of acoustic cavitation due to preceding laser-induced bubble formation, which could be termed as memory effect, decays in a few hundred microse...

  1. Mesenteric lymph node cavitation syndrome

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    Hugh; James; Freeman

    2010-01-01

    The mesenteric lymph node cavitation syndrome consists of central necrosis of mesenteric lymph nodes and may occur with either celiac disease or a sprue-like intestinal disease that fails to respond to a gluten-free diet. Splenic hypofunction may also be present. The cause is not known but its development during the clinical course of celiac disease is usually indicative of a poor prognosis for the intestinal disorder, a potential for signif icant compli-cations including sepsis and malignancy, particularly...

  2. Reflections on cavitation nuclei in water

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    Mørch, Knud Aage

    2007-01-01

    The origin of cavitation bubbles, cavitation nuclei, has been a subject of debate since the early years of cavitation research. This paper presents an analysis of a representative selection of experimental investigations of cavitation inception and the tensile strength of water. At atmospheric...... on the surface of particles and bounding walls. Such nuclei can be related to the full range of tensile strengths measured, when differences of experimental conditions are taken into consideration. The absence or presence of contamination on surfaces, as well as the structure of the surfaces, are...

  3. Analytic technique for measuring hydrogen production during in-pile severe nuclear fuel damage experiments

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    A technique has been developed to measure the hydrogen production during in-pile severe nuclear fuel damage experiments. The method involves both thermal measurements and analysis of experimental data and is analogous to a continuous calorimetry method. This report presents results from the hydrogen calibration portion of an in-pile severe fuel damage experiment conducted at Sandia National Laboratories. A known quantity of calibration hydrogen was injected into the normal steam flow path of the experimental system. The hydrogen recombined with oxygen in copper oxide recombiner tubes instrumented with thermocouples at regular intervals. Highly exothermic reduction resulted, leaving a clear thermal signature in the tubes. An energy balance was used to determine the fraction of energy attributable to hydrogen recombination reactions. The COPOX (COPper OXide recombiner analysis) code was written to solve the semi-implicit, time dependent energy balance described above. The measurement technique accurately predicted the amount of injected hydrogen to within a few percent. (orig.)

  4. Impact of ultrafast electronic damage in single particle x-ray imaging experiments

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    Lorenz, U.; Kabachnik, Nikolay; Weckert, E.; Vartanyants, I. A.

    2012-01-01

    In single particle coherent x-ray diffraction imaging experiments, performed at x-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs), samples are exposed to intense x-ray pulses to obtain single-shot diffraction patterns. The high intensity induces electronic dynamics on the femtosecond time scale in the system, which can reduce the contrast of the obtained diffraction patterns and adds an isotropic background. We quantify the degradation of the diffraction pattern from ultrafast electronic damage by performin...

  5. Orifice plate cavitation mechanism and its influencing factors

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    Wan-zheng AI; Tian-ming DING

    2010-01-01

    The orifice plate energy dissipater is an economic and highly efficient dissipater.However,there is a risk of cavitaion around the orifice plate flow.In order to provide references for engineering practice,we examined the cavitation mechanism around the orifice plate and its influencing factors by utilizing mathematical analysis methods to analyze the flow conditions around the orifice plate in view of gas bubble dynamics.Through the research presented in this paper,the following can be observed:The critical radius and the critical pressure of the gas nucleus in orifice plate flow increase with its initial state parameter τ0;the development speed of bubbles stabilizes at a certain value after experiencing a peak value and a small valley value;and the orifice plate cavitation is closely related to the distribution of the gas nucleus in flow.For computing the orifice plate cavitation number,we ought to take into account the effects of pressure fluctuation.The development time of the gas nucleus from the initial radius to the critical radius is about10-7-10-5 s;therefore,the gas nucleus has sufficient time to develop into bubbles in the negative half-cycle of flow fluctuation.The orifice critical cavitation number is closely related to the orifice plate size,and especially closely related with the ratio of the orifice plate radius to the tunnel radius.The approximate formula for the critical cavitation number of the square orifice plate that only considers the main influencing factor was obtained by model experiments.

  6. Simulation of a Spherical Wave Experiment in Marble using a Multidirectional Damage Model

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    Antoun, T H; Lomov, I N

    2003-07-18

    This paper presents experimental results and computational simulations of spherical wave propagation in Danby marble. The experiment consisted of a 2-cm-diameter explosive charge detonated in the center of a cylindrical rock sample. Radial particle velocity histories were recorded at several concentric locations in the sample. An extensively damaged region near the charge cavity and two networks of cracks were evident in the specimen after the test. The first network consists of radial cracks emanating form the cavity and extending about halfway through the specimen. The second network consists of circumferential cracks occurring in a relatively narrow band that extends from the outer boundary of the radially cracked region toward the free surface. The experiment was simulated using the GEODYN code and a multi-directional damage model. The model is developed within the framework of a properly invariant nonlinear thermomechanical theory with damage represented by a second order tensor that admits load-induced anisotropy such as was observed in the experiment.

  7. Study the radiation damage effects in Si microstrip detectors for future HEP experiments

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    Lalwani, Kavita; Jain, Geetika; Dalal, Ranjeet; Ranjan, Kirti; Bhardwaj, Ashutosh

    2016-07-01

    Silicon (Si) detectors are playing a key role in High Energy Physics (HEP) experiments due to their superior tracking capabilities. In future HEP experiments, like upgrade of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), CERN, the silicon tracking detectors will be operated in a very intense radiation environment. This leads to both surface and bulk damage in Si detectors, which in turn will affect the operating performance of Si detectors. It is important to complement the measurements of the irradiated Si strip detectors with device simulation, which helps in understanding of both the device behavior and optimizing the design parameters needed for the future Si tracking system. An important ingredient of the device simulation is to develop a radiation damage model incorporating both bulk and surface damage. In this work, a simplified two-trap model is incorporated in device simulation to describe the type-inversion. Further, an extensive simulation of effective doping density as well as electric field profile is carried out at different temperatures for various fluences.

  8. Detection of cavitation vortex in hydraulic turbines using acoustic techniques

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    Cavitation phenomena are known for their destructive capacity in hydraulic machineries and are caused by the pressure decrease followed by an implosion when the cavitation bubbles find an adverse pressure gradient. A helical vortex appears in the turbine diffuser cone at partial flow rate operation and can be cavitating in its core. Cavity volumes and vortex frequencies vary with the under-pressure level. If the vortex frequency comes close to one of the eigen frequencies of the turbine, a resonance phenomenon may occur, the unsteady fluctuations can be amplified and lead to important turbine and hydraulic circuit damage. Conventional cavitation vortex detection techniques are based on passive devices (pressure sensors or accelerometers). Limited sensor bandwidths and low frequency response limit the vortex detection and characterization information provided by the passive techniques. In order to go beyond these techniques and develop a new active one that will remove these drawbacks, previous work in the field has shown that techniques based on acoustic signals using adapted signal content to a particular hydraulic situation, can be more robust and accurate. The cavitation vortex effects in the water flow profile downstream hydraulic turbines runner are responsible for signal content modifications. Basic signal techniques use narrow band signals traveling inside the flow from an emitting transducer to a receiving one (active sensors). Emissions of wide band signals in the flow during the apparition and development of the vortex embeds changes in the received signals. Signal processing methods are used to estimate the cavitation apparition and evolution. Tests done in a reduced scale facility showed that due to the increasing flow rate, the signal -- vortex interaction is seen as modifications on the received signal's high order statistics and bandwidth. Wide band acoustic transducers have a higher dynamic range over mechanical elements; the system

  9. Localization in an acoustic cavitation cloud

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    Miao, Boya

    2016-01-01

    Using a nonlinear sound wave equation for a bubbly liquid in conjunction with an equation for bubble pulsation, we predict and experimentally demonstrate the appearance of a gap in the frequency spectrum of a sound wave propagating in a cavitation cloud comprising bubbles. For bubbles with an ambient radius of 100 {\\mu}m, the calculations revealed that this gap corresponds to the phenomenon of sound wave localization. For bubbles with an ambient radius of 120 {\\mu}m, this spectral gap relates to a forbidden band of the sound wave. In the experiment, we observed the predicted gap in the frequency spectrum in soda water; however, in tap water, no spectral gap was present because the bubbles were much smaller than 100 {\\mu}m.

  10. Neutron dosimetry and damage calculations for the JP-17, 18 and 19 experiments in HFIR

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    Greenwood, L.R.; Baldwin, C.A.

    1996-04-01

    Neutron fluence measurements and radiation damage calculations are reported for the joint US-Japanese experiments JP-17, 18, and 19 in the target of the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). These experiments were irradiated at 85 MW for two cycles resulting in 43.55 EFPD for JP-17 and 42.06 EFPD for JP-18 and 19. The maximum fast neutron fluence > 0.1 MeV was about 3.7E + 21 n/cm{sup 2} for all three irradiations, resulting in about 3 dpa in 316 stainless steel.

  11. Bubble collapsing behavior of vortex cavitation relative to erosion especially in the near wake behind a triangular cylinder; Cavitation kaishoku ni kanrensuru uzu cavity atsukai kyodo no kansatsu (tokuni, sankakuchu mawari no near-wake ni oite)

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    Sato, K.; Sugimoto, Y. [Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Ishikawa (Japan). Faculty of Engineering

    1997-12-25

    It is known that erosion of fluid machinery can be caused by collapes of a cavitation bubble under high speed flow conditions. To solve this cavitation erosion problem, we performed some experiments on the cavitation process from a subcavitation to a supercavitation stage with a measurement system combining a high-speed video camera and an impulsive pressure sensor. This study focuses in particular on a vortex cavitation bubble in the near wake of a triangular body at the partially cavitating stage which is well known as a highly erosive pattern. Erosion tests were conducted regarding the mechanism of highly impulsive force generation, and bubble collapsing behaviors were observed. The results show that three characteristic patterns of bubble collapse and erosion occur within the near-wake region. 15 refs., 11 figs.

  12. Natural and laser-induced cavitation in corn stems: On the mechanisms of acoustic emissions

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    Gabriel Mario Bilmes

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Water in plant xylem is often superheated, and therefore in a meta-stable state. Under certain conditions, it may suddenly turn from the liquid to the vapor state. This cavitation process produces acoustic emissions. We report the measurement of ultrasonic acoustic emissions (UAE produced by natural and induced cavitation in corn stems. We induced cavitation and UAE in vivo, in well controlled and reproducible experiments, by irradiating the bare stem of the plants with a continuous-wave laser beam. By tracing the source of UAE, we were able to detect absorption and frequency filtering of the UAE propagating through the stem. This technique allows the unique possibility of studying localized embolism of plant conduits, and thus to test hypotheses on the hydraulic architecture of plants. Based on our results, we postulate that the source of UAE is a transient "cavity oscillation"' triggered by the disruptive effect of cavitation inception.

  13. Natural and laser-induced cavitation in corn stems: On the mechanisms of acoustic emissions

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    Fernández, E; Bilmes, G M; 10.4279/PIP.040003

    2012-01-01

    Water in plant xylem is often superheated, and therefore in a meta-stable state. Under certain conditions, it may suddenly turn from the liquid to the vapor state. This cavitation process produces acoustic emissions. We report the measurement of ultrasonic acoustic emissions (UAE) produced by natural and induced cavitation in corn stems. We induced cavitation and UAE in vivo, in well controlled and reproducible experiments, by irradiating the bare stem of the plants with a continuous-wave laser beam. By tracing the source of UAE, we were able to detect absorption and frequency filtering of the UAE propagating through the stem. This technique allows the unique possibility of studying localized embolism of plant conduits, and thus to test hypotheses on the hydraulic architecture of plants. Based on our results, we postulate that the source of UAE is a transient "cavity oscillation" triggered by the disruptive effect of cavitation inception.

  14. Experimental Investigation and Passive Flow Control of a Cavitating Centrifugal Pump

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    Spyridon D. Kyparissis

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Passive flow control techniques are used to improve the flow field and efficiency of centrifugal pumps and turbomachines, in general. An important phenomenon that mechanical engineers have to take into account is cavitation. It leads to the decrease of the pump performance and total head. In the present experimental study, a centrifugal pump is investigated in cavitating conditions. A passive flow control is realized using three different blade leading edge angles in order to reduce the cavitation development and enhance the pump performance. The experiments are carried out in a pump test rig specially designed and constructed, along with the impellers. The head drop and total efficiency curves are presented in order to examine the effect of the blade leading edge angle on the cavitation and pump performance. Finally, the vapour distribution along with the blades is illustrated for the tested blade leading edge angles.

  15. Prediction of Shock-Induced Cavitation in Water

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    Brundage, Aaron

    2013-06-01

    Fluid-structure interaction problems that require estimating the response of thin structures within fluids to shock loading has wide applicability. For example, these problems may include underwater explosions and the dynamic response of ships and submarines; and biological applications such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and wound ballistics. In all of these applications the process of cavitation, where small cavities with dissolved gases or vapor are formed as the local pressure drops below the vapor pressure due to shock hydrodynamics, can cause significant damage to the surrounding thin structures or membranes if these bubbles collapse, generating additional shock loading. Hence, a two-phase equation of state (EOS) with three distinct regions of compression, expansion, and tension was developed to model shock-induced cavitation. This EOS was evaluated by comparing data from pressure and temperature shock Hugoniot measurements for water up to 400 kbar, and data from ultrasonic pressure measurements in tension to -0.3 kbar, to simulated responses from CTH, an Eulerian, finite volume shock code. The new EOS model showed significant improvement over pre-existing CTH models such as the SESAME EOS for capturing cavitation. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy/NNSA under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  16. Influence of the working electrode area on the cavitation-corrosion behaviour of a duplex stainless steel in aqueous LiBr solution

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    Garcia-Garcia, D.M.; Blasco-Tamarit, E.; Igual-Munoz, A.; Garcia-Anton, J. [Valencia Univ. Politecnica, Dept. de Ingenieria Quimica y Nuclear. ETSI Industriales, Valencia (Spain)

    2009-07-01

    Cavitation erosion can occur in almost all hydrodynamic systems and turbo machines, e.g. pumps, valves, marine propeller and hydraulic turbines. It causes serious material damage. Corrosion problems associated with cavitation can appear on different points in LiBr absorption machines. Many efforts have been made to solve this problem, such as optimizing the design of the flow-handling component and selecting better materials and coatings to resist the cavitation erosion-corrosion. A better understanding of cavitation erosion-corrosion mechanisms is very important for the selection materials and coatings. The objective of the present work was to study the influence of the exposed area of the working electrode on the corrosion behaviour of a duplex stainless steel (EN 1.4462) in a 992 g/l LiBr solution under static conditions (without cavitation) and dynamic conditions (with cavitation) at 25 C. Potentiodynamic cyclic curves were obtained under static and dynamic conditions exposing different areas of the working electrode: 1.6 mm diameter (0.02 cm{sup 2} area ), 4 mm diameter (0.12 cm{sup 2} area), 6 mm diameter (0.28 cm{sup 2} area) and 8 mm diameter (0.5 cm{sup 2} area). The dynamic conditions were generated using an ultrasonic cavitation facility in a three-electrode electrochemical cell. The Potentiodynamic Cyclic curves obtained with and without cavitation have been compared and different tendencies were observed. Cavitation increased the cathodic current density when the exposed area to the solution is large (6 mm and 8 mm diameters). This behaviour was not observed during the tests with smaller electrode areas (1.6 mm and 4 mm diameters). In all cases, cavitation increased the anodic current densities independently of the exposed area to the solution. Besides, cavitation favoured the pitting corrosion, since lower pitting potentials were obtained under cavitation conditions than under static conditions. (authors)

  17. Numerical Prediction of Unsteady Behavior of Cavitating Flow on Hydrofoils using Bubble Dynamics Cavitation Model

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    Nur-E- Mostafa

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a numerical study with pressure-based finite volume method for prediction of non-cavitating and time dependent cavitating flow on hydrofoil. The phenomenon of cavitation is modeled through a mixture model. For the numerical simulation of cavitating flow, a bubble dynamics cavitation model is used to investigate the unsteady behavior of cavitating flow and describe the generation and evaporation of vapor phase. The non-cavitating study focuses on choosing mesh size and the influence of the turbulence model. Three turbulence models such as Spalart-Allmaras, Shear Stress Turbulence (SST k-ω model and Re-Normalization Group (RNG k-ε model with enhanced wall treatment are used to capture the turbulent boundary layer on the hydrofoil surface. The cavitating study presents an unsteady behavior of the partial cavity attached to the foil at different time steps for σ=0.8. Moreover, this study focuses on cavitation inception, the shape and general behavior of sheet cavitation, lift and drag forces for different cavitation numbers. Finally, the flow pattern and hydrodynamic characteristics are also studied at different angles of attack.

  18. Analysis of Temperature Rise Induced by High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound in Tissue-Mimicking Gel Considering Cavitation Bubbles

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    Asai, Ayumu; Okano, Hiroki; Yoshizawa, Shin; Umemura, Shin-ichiro

    2013-07-01

    High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) causes a selective temperature rise in tissue and is used as a noninvasive method for tumor treatment. However, there is a problem in that it typically takes several hours to treat a large tumor. The development of a highly efficient method is required to shorten the treatment time. It is known that cavitation bubbles generated by HIFU enhance HIFU heating. In this study, the enhancement of the heating effect by cavitation was estimated in a numerical simulation solving a bio-heat transfer equation (BHTE) by increasing the absorption coefficients in and out of the volume of cavitation bubbles. The absorption coefficients were obtained by a curve fitting the temperature rise near the focal point between experiment and simulation. The results show that cavitation bubbles caused the increase in ultrasonic absorption not only in but also near the volume of cavitation bubbles.

  19. Cavitation inception by the backscattering of pressure waves from a bubble interface

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    Takahira, Hiroyuki; Ogasawara, Toshiyuki; Mori, Naoto; Tanaka, Moe

    2015-10-01

    The secondary cavitation that occurs by the backscattering of focused ultrasound from a primary cavitation bubble caused by the negative pressure part of the ultrasound (Maxwell, et al., 2011) might be useful for the energy exchange due to bubble oscillations in High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU). The present study is concerned with the cavitation inception by the backscattering of ultrasound from a bubble. In the present experiment, a laser-induced bubble which is generated by a pulsed focused laser beam with high intensity is utilized as a primary cavitation bubble. After generating the bubble, focused ultrasound is emitted to the bubble. The acoustic field and the bubble motion are observed with a high-speed video camera. It is confirmed that the secondary cavitation bubble clouds are generated by the backscattering from the laser-induced bubble. The growth of cavitation bubble clouds is analyzed with the image processing method. The experimental results show that the height and width of the bubble clouds grow in stepwise during their evolution. The direct numerical simulations are also conducted for the backscattering of incident pressure waves from a bubble in order to evaluate a pressure field near the bubble. It is shown that the ratio of a bubble collapse time t0 to a characteristic time of wave propagation tS, η = t0/ts, is an important determinant for generating negative pressure region by backscattering. The minimum pressure location by the backscattering in simulations is in good agreement with the experiment.

  20. Unsteady performance of a cavitating hydrofoil in stall conditions. Shissoku jotai ni okeru yokukei no hiteijo tokusei

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    Ogata, H. (Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan)); Ito, Y. (Hachinoe Institutea of Technology, Aomori (Japan)); Oba, R. (Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan). Institute of Fluid Science); Sunayama, Y.; Abe, J. (Suzuki Co. Ltd., Shizuoka (Japan))

    1991-11-25

    To elucidate the unsteady performance of cavitating hydrofoils in a stall condition, this paper describes a survey on unsteady conditions without cavitations and stall conditions as to their characteristics from a cavitation to a supercavitation, lift and drag. Flows with cavitations were also analyzed. As a result of comparing also data for the subcavitation regions, it was found that a large-scale vortex generation on the hydrofoil back-pressure plane in near stall condition has a close relation with the changes in lifts and drags or the cavitation breakdown. The experiment used a testing water tank of circulation flow type having a rectangular measuring cross section (70 mm in width and 190 mm in height), and the hydrofoil specimens of two-dimensional symmetric type with a chord length of 70 mm and an aspect ratio of 1.0. The test condition used a cavitation coefficient of 0.18-6.33 (from a supercavitation to non-cavitation). A numerical analysis proved that the power spectra around the hydrofoils having no cavitations agreed with the experimental results, and verified the reasonability of the application. 18 refs., 8 figs., 2 tabs.

  1. Processing of Microalgae: Acoustic Cavitation and Hydrothermal Conversion

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    Greenly, Justin Michael

    The production of energy dense fuels from renewable algal biomass feedstocks -- if sustainably developed at a sufficiently large scale -- may reduce the consumption of petroleum from fossil fuels and provide many environmental benefits. Achieving economic feasibility has several technical engineering challenges that arise from dilute concentration of growing algae in aqueous media, small cell sizes, and durable cell walls. For microalgae to be a sustainable source of biofuels and co-products, efficient fractionation and conversion of the cellular contents is necessary. Research was carried out to address two processing options for efficient microalgae biofuel production: 1. Ultrasonic cavitation for cell disruption and 2. Hydrothermal conversion of a model algal triglyceride. 1. Ultrasonic cell disruption, which relies on cavitating bubbles in the suspension to produce damaging shock waves, was investigated experimentally over a range of concentrations and species types. A few seconds of high intensity sonication at fixed frequency yielded significant cell disruption, even for the more durable cells. At longer exposure times, effectiveness was seen to decline and was attributed, using acoustic measurements, to ultrasonic power attenuation in the ensuing cloud of cavitating bubbles. Processing at higher cell concentrations slowed cell disintegration marginally, but increased the effectiveness of dissipating ultrasonic energy. A theoretical study effectively predicted optimal conditions for a variety of parameters that were inaccessible in this experimental investigation. In that study, single bubble collapse was modeled to identify operating conditions that would increase cavitation, and thus cell disruption. Simulations were conducted by varying frequency and pressure amplitude of the ultrasound wave, and initial bubble size. The simulation results indicated that low frequency, high sound wave amplitudes, and small initial bubble size generate the highest shock

  2. Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities in indirect laser drive with rugby-shaped hohlraums; Experiences d'instabilites Rayleigh-Taylor en attaque indirecte avec des cavites rugby

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    Casner, A.; Galmiche, D.; Huser, G.; Jadaud, J.P.; Richard, A.; Liberatore, S.; Vandenboomgaerde, M. [CEA Bruyeres-le-Chatel, 91 (France)

    2009-07-01

    The mastering of the development of hydrodynamic instabilities like Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities is an important milestone on the way to perform efficient laser implosions. The complexity of these instabilities implies an experimental validation of the theoretical models and their computer simulations. An experimental platform involving the Omega laser has allowed us to perform indirect drive with rugby-shaped hohlraums. The experiments have validated the growth of 2- and 3-dimensional initial defects as predicted by theory. We have shown that the 3-dimensional defect saturates for an higher amplitude than the 2-dimensional one does. The experiments have been made by using a plastic shell doped with Germanium (CH:Ge). (A.C.)

  3. Acoustic source strength of propeller cavitation

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    Bruijn, A. de

    1979-01-01

    The acoustic source strength i.e. the volume velocity of propeller cavitation for six single-screw ships are presented. Plotting the data in the form of dimensionleee volume velocity and as a function of the cavitation number based on the rotation speed and the immersion depth, a certain differentia

  4. Forces and moments on a slender, cavitating body

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    Hailey, C.E.; Clark, E.L.; Buffington, R.J.

    1988-01-01

    Recently a numerical code has been developed at Sandia National Laboratories to predict the pitching moment, normal force, and axial force of a slender, supercavitating shape. The potential flow about the body and cavity is calculated using an axial distribution of source/sink elements. The cavity surface is assumed to be a constant pressure streamline, extending beyond the base of the model. Slender body approximation is used to model the crossflow for small angles of attack. A significant extension of previous work in cavitation flow is the inclusion of laminar and turbulent boundary layer solutions on the body. Predictions with this code, for axial force at zero angle of attack, show good agreement with experiments. There are virtually no published data availble with which to benchmark the pitching moment and normal force predictions. An experiment was designed to measure forces and moments on a supercavitation shape. The primary reason for the test was to obtain much needed data to benchmark the hydrodynamic force and moment predictions. Since the numerical prediction is for super cavitating shapes at very small cavitation numbers, the experiment was designed to be a ventilated cavity test. This paper describes the experimental procedure used to measure the pitching moment, axial and normal forces, and base pressure on a slender body with a ventilated cavity. Limited results are presented for pitching moment and normal force. 5 refs., 7 figs.

  5. Radiation damage of electronic components to be used in a space experiment

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    Menichelli, M.; Alpat, B.; Battiston, R.; Bizzarri, M.; Blasko, S.; Di Masso, L.; Fiori, E.M.; Papi, A.; Scolieri, G

    2002-12-01

    Commercial off-the-shelf components can be successfully used in scientific payloads installed in spacecraft flying on Low Earth Orbits (LEO). Several experiments (AMS01, NINA) have already used these components, some others are planning to use them (AMS02, PAMELA and GLAST). In order to establish the reliability of these components careful tests need to be performed according to space qualification rules. There are two main types of possible damage that needs to be tested: the total dose damage and the single event effects (SEE). In this paper we will describe the physical cause of both the effects, explain how to conduct a test according to ESA/SSC standard rules and give some examples of components that have been tested by the AMS collaboration.

  6. Detection of cavitation in hydraulic turbines

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    Escaler, Xavier; Egusquiza, Eduard; Farhat, Mohamed; Avellan, François; Coussirat, Miguel

    2006-05-01

    An experimental investigation has been carried out in order to evaluate the detection of cavitation in actual hydraulic turbines. The methodology is based on the analysis of structural vibrations, acoustic emissions and hydrodynamic pressures measured in the machine. The proposed techniques have been checked in real prototypes suffering from different types of cavitation. In particular, one Kaplan, two Francis and one Pump-Turbine have been investigated in the field. Additionally, one Francis located in a laboratory has also been tested. First, a brief description of the general features of cavitation phenomenon is given as well as of the main types of cavitation occurring in hydraulic turbines. The work presented here is focused on the most important ones which are the leading edge cavitation due to its erosive power, the bubble cavitation because it affects the machine performance and the draft tube swirl that limits the operation stability. Cavitation detection is based on the previous understanding of the cavity dynamics and its location inside the machine. This knowledge has been gained from flow visualisations and measurements in laboratory devices such as a high-speed cavitation tunnel and a reduced scale turbine test rig. The main techniques are the study of the high frequency spectral content of the signals and of their amplitude demodulation for a given frequency band. Moreover, low frequency spectral content can also be used in certain cases. The results obtained for the various types of cavitation found in the selected machines are presented and discussed in detail in the paper. Conclusions are drawn about the best sensor, measuring location, signal processing and analysis for each type of cavitation, which serve to validate and to improve the detection techniques.

  7. Energy analysis in acoustic cavitation

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    Vichare, N.P.; Senthilkumar, P.; Moholkar, V.S.; Gogate, P.R.; Pandit, A.B.

    2000-05-01

    In sonochemical processes, the physical and chemical effects are attributed to the phenomenon of cavitation, which is the formation, growth, and collapse of the cavities termed as activity of cavities. Energy analysis of a single cavity has been considered in order to explain, qualitatively, the effects of acoustic parameters such as intensity and frequency of ultrasonic equipment on sonochemical reactions. The experimental observations of the sonochemical reactions available in the literature are found to be consistent with the simulation results. Energy analysis of the cavity gives the possible reasons for the various sonochemical effects observed, and also the optimum equipment operating parameters can be predicted.

  8. Enterobacter Asburiae Pneumonia with Cavitation

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    Cha, Seung Woo; Heo, Jeong Nam; Park, Choong Ki [Dept. of Radiology, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Guri Hospital, Guri (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Yo Won; Jeon, Seok Chol [Dept. of Radiology, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-03-15

    Enterobacter species have increasingly been identified as pathogens over the past several decades. These bacterial species have become more important because most are resistant to cephalothin and cefoxitin, and can produce extended-spectrum {beta}-lactamase. Enterobacter asburiae (E. asburiae) is a gram-negative rod of the family Enterobacteriaceae, named in 1986. Since then, there has been only one clinical report of E. asburiae pneumonia. We report a case of E. asburiae pneumonia with cavitation and compare it with the previous case.

  9. The interaction of laser-cavitation with a soft surface material

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    A phenomenon of laser induced cavitation bubble has been studied using high speed photography system. ND:YAG laser was focused in distilled water to create an artificial bubble. The focused region was illuminated by dye laser which also stood as a flash of light for photography system. An aluminium foil was employed as a soft surface material in this study. The exposed material were observed from side and top view with the aid of shadow graph and metallurgical technique. The development of cavitation damage was studied at various distance of separation. The damage was quantified according to the surface area and the depth of the dent. The maximum damage was found at optimum distance of 0.6 mm. In this particular study the damage is mainly contribute by the impact of shock wave mechanism. (author)

  10. Contribution to the prediction of cavitation erosion from numerical simulations: proposition of a two scales model to estimate the charge imposed by the fluid

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    During the life's cycle of a hydraulic installation, the occurrence of cavitation can cause significant damages on the material's surface. The quantification of the cavitation intensity in different geometry can be useful to get better designs for new installations, but also to improve the operating and to optimize maintenance of existing equipments. The development of universal laws of similarity from experiments is difficult due to the large number of parameters governing cavitating flows. With the increase of computational performance, numerical simulations offer the opportunity to study this phenomenon in various geometries. The main difficulty of this approach is the scale's difference existing between the numerical simulations U-RANS used to calculate the cavitating flow and mechanisms of bubble's collapse held responsible for damages on the solid. The proposed method in this thesis is based on a post-treatment of the U-RANS simulations to characterize a distribution of bubbles and to simulate their behavior at lower spatial and temporal scales. Our first objective is to make explicit a system of equations corresponding to phenomena occurring locally in the two-phase flow. This work leads to the development of mixture variables taking into account the presence of non-condensable gases in the fluid. Assumptions are taken to make the system, after using the Reynolds averaging procedure, equivalent to those, using a homogeneous approach, implemented in the unsteady cavitating flows solvers previously developed in the laboratory. The characterization of bubbles made by this post-treatment takes into account both the surface tension and the presence of non-condensable gases. The development of a solver for the simulation of the dynamic of a bubble cloud is started. It aims to take into account both the interactions between bubbles and non-spherical deformations with a potential method. First results of these simulations are presented and small

  11. Acoustic cavitation-based monitoring of the reversibility and permeability of ultrasound-induced blood-brain barrier opening

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    Sun, Tao; Samiotaki, Gesthimani; Wang, Shutao; Acosta, Camilo; Chen, Cherry C.; Konofagou, Elisa E.

    2015-12-01

    Cavitation events seeded by microbubbles have been previously reported to be associated with MR- or fluorescent-contrast enhancement after focused ultrasound (FUS)-induced blood-brain barrier (BBB) opening. However, it is still unknown whether bubble activity can be correlated with the reversibility (the duration of opening and the likelihood of safe reinstatement) and the permeability of opened BBB, which is critical for the clinical translation of using passive cavitation detection to monitor, predict and control the opening. In this study, the dependence of acoustic cavitation on the BBB opening duration, permeability coefficient and histological damage occurrence were thus investigated. Transcranial pulsed FUS at 1.5 MHz in the presence of systemically circulating microbubbles was applied in the mouse hippocampi (n  =  60). The stable and inertial cavitation activities were monitored during sonication. Contrast-enhanced MRI was performed immediately after sonication and every 24 h up to 6 d thereafter, to assess BBB opening, brain tissue permeability and potential edema. Histological evaluations were used to assess the occurrence of neurovascular damages. It was found that stable cavitation was well correlated with: (1) the duration of the BBB opening (r2  =  0.77) (2) the permeability of the opened BBB (r2  =  0.82) (3) the likelihood of safe opening (P  brain and assessing the pharmacokinetics of the compounds delivered can also be achieved by monitoring and controlling the stable cavitation emissions.

  12. On the role of cavitation in particle collection in flotation - A critical review. II

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    Zhou, Z.A.; Xu, Z.H.; Finch, J.A.; Masliyah, J.H.; Chow, R.S. [Alberta Research Council, Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    2009-04-15

    Research in applying hydrodynamic cavitation to recovery of natural resources during the last decade is reviewed. The existence and formation of tiny bubbles or gas nuclei (diameter from microns down to nano sizes) in natural water were verified from both direct and in-direct measurements, providing a foundation for applying hydrodynamic cavitation to flotation systems. The interactions between tiny bubbles and fine particles in aqueous slurry were analysed. Tiny bubbles generated by hydrodynamic cavitation increased contact angle of solids and hence attachment force, bridge fine particles to form aggregates, minimize slime coating, remove oxidation layers on particle surfaces, and in hence reduce reagents consumption. Experiments revealed that the energy dissipation levels for cavity formation in a flowing liquid could be much lower than predicted, depending on the content of dissolved gases, presence of free gas nuclei and design of cavitation tubes. Application of hydrodynamic cavitation to fine and coarse particle flotation, high intensity conditioning, oil agglomeration of fine coal, and oil sands processing has confirmed the role of tiny bubbles formed by cavitation in improving recovery efficiency. Increased flotation kinetics by hydrodynamic cavitation could be attributed to a dual role: some collapsing cavity bubbles serving to break interfacial layers on particle surfaces while other cavity bubbles attaching to those freshly exposed mineral surfaces. The role of water vapor and other gases within cavity bubbles in particle-bubble attachment remains to be explored. Incorporating hydrodynamic cavitation into flotation systems to take advantage of its unique features is expected to develop the next generation of flotation machines.

  13. Cavitation structures formed during the rebound of a sphere from a wetted surface

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    Marston, Jeremy

    2010-09-28

    We use high-speed imaging to observe the dynamics of cavitation, caused by the impact and subsequent rebound of a sphere from a solid surface covered with a thin layer of highly viscous liquid. We note marked qualitative differences between the cavitation structures with increase in viscosity, as well as between Newtonian and non-Newtonian liquids. The patterns observed are quite unexpected and intricate, appearing in concentric ring formations around the site of impact. In all cases, we identify a distinct radius from which the primary bubbles emanate. This radius is modelled with a modified form of Hertz contact theory. Within this radius, we show that some fine cavitation structure may exist or that it may be one large cavitation bubble. For the non-Newtonian fluids, we observe foam-like structures extending radially with diminishing bubble sizes with increase in radial position. Whereas for the Newtonian fluids, the opposite trend is observed with increasing bubble size for increasing radial position. Finally, we compare our experimental observations of cavitation to the maximum tension criterion proposed by Joseph (J Fluid Mech 366:367-378, 1998) showing that this provides the lower limit for the onset of cavitation in our experiments. © 2010 Springer-Verlag.

  14. Degradation of C.I. Reactive Red 2 through photocatalysis coupled with water jet cavitation.

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    Wang, Xiaoning; Jia, Jinping; Wang, Yalin

    2011-01-15

    The decolorization of an azo dye, C.I. Reactive Red 2 was investigated using TiO(2) photocatalysis coupled with water jet cavitation. Experiments were performed in a 4.0 L solution under ultraviolet power of 9 W. The effects of TiO(2) loading, initial dye concentration, solution pH, geometry of cavitation tube, and the addition of anions on the degradation of the dye were evaluated. Degradation of the dye followed a pseudo-first order reaction. The photocatalysis coupled with water jet cavitation elevated degradation of the dye by about 136%, showing a synergistic effect compared to the individual photocatalysis and water jet cavitation. The enhancement of photocatalysis by water jet cavitation could be due to the deagglomeration of catalyst particles as well as the better contact between the catalyst surfaces and the reactants. Venturi tube with smaller diameter and shorter length of throat tube favored the dye decolorization. The degradation efficiency was found to increase with decreasing initial concentration and pH. The presence of NO(3)(-) and SO(4)(2-) enhanced the degradation of RR2, while Cl(-), and especially HCO(3)(-) significantly reduced dye decolorization. The results of this study indicated that the coupled photocatalysis and water jet cavitation is effective in degrading dye in wastewater and provides a promising alternative for treatment of dye wastewater at a large scale. PMID:20940086

  15. Cavitation structures formed during the rebound of a sphere from a wetted surface

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    Marston, J.O. [A-STAR Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences, Singapore (Singapore); King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering, Thuwal (Saudi Arabia); Yong, W. [National University of Singapore, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Singapore (Singapore); Ng, W.K. [A-STAR Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences, Singapore (Singapore); Tan, R.B.H. [A-STAR Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences, Singapore (Singapore); National University of Singapore, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Singapore (Singapore); Thoroddsen, S.T. [King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering, Thuwal (Saudi Arabia)

    2011-03-15

    We use high-speed imaging to observe the dynamics of cavitation, caused by the impact and subsequent rebound of a sphere from a solid surface covered with a thin layer of highly viscous liquid. We note marked qualitative differences between the cavitation structures with increase in viscosity, as well as between Newtonian and non-Newtonian liquids. The patterns observed are quite unexpected and intricate, appearing in concentric ring formations around the site of impact. In all cases, we identify a distinct radius from which the primary bubbles emanate. This radius is modelled with a modified form of Hertz contact theory. Within this radius, we show that some fine cavitation structure may exist or that it may be one large cavitation bubble. For the non-Newtonian fluids, we observe foam-like structures extending radially with diminishing bubble sizes with increase in radial position. Whereas for the Newtonian fluids, the opposite trend is observed with increasing bubble size for increasing radial position. Finally, we compare our experimental observations of cavitation to the maximum tension criterion proposed by Joseph (J Fluid Mech 366:367-378, 1998) showing that this provides the lower limit for the onset of cavitation in our experiments. (orig.)

  16. Cavitation erosion behaviour of laser processed Fe-Cr-Mn and Fe-Cr-Co alloys

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    M. Szkodo

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Purpose of this paper is investigation of influence of the surface processing by laser method on thecavitation performance of the Fe-Cr-Mn and Fe-Cr-Co alloys. This kind of alloys are frequently used in Polishpower plants to routine repairs of damaged blades working under cavitation loading.Design/methodology/approach: Padding welds were tested for three cases: without additional processing,after laser heating of the solid state and after laser melting of the coating. Cw. CO2 laser with a beam power1000 W was used as a source of radiation. The investigated samples were subjected to cavitation loading at therotating disk facility. The microstructure, chemical composition and phase identification of the modified andsubjected to cavitation loading layers were examined using scanning electron microscopy, light microscopy, andX-ray diffractometry, respectively.Findings: Results revealed that structure refinement due to laser processing contributes to delaying ofaustenite → martensite phase transformation. Kinetic of austenite → martensite transformation is different forinvestigated alloys and depends on the chemical composition and applied laser processing.Research limitations/implications: Reported research ought to be completed and full cavitation curves(volume loss in time for processed padding welds must be done.Practical implications: Obtained results indicate that for low intensity of cavitation loading, like in fieldconditions, laser beam machining can increase of cavitation erosion resistance of investigated alloys due toincrease of hardness and structure fine degree.Originality/value: Confirmation that creation of the transformed and hardfacing structures by laser techniquesleads in many cases to considerable changes in cavitation erosion properties of the processed materials.

  17. Modeling of Unsteady Sheet Cavitation on Marine Propeller Blades

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    Spyros A. Kinnas

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Unsteady sheet cavitation is very common on marine propulsor blades. The authors summarize a lifting-surface and a surface-panel model to solve for the unsteady cavitating flow around a propeller that is subject to nonaxisymmetric inflow. The time-dependent extent and thickness of the cavity were determined by using an iterative method. The cavity detachment was determined by applying the smooth detachment criterion in an iterative manner. A nonzeroradius developed vortex cavity model was utilized at the tip of the blade, and the trailing wake geometry was determined using a fully unsteady wake-alignment process. Comparisons of predictions by the two models and measurements from several experiments are given.

  18. Excavation damage and disturbance in crystalline rock - results from experiments and analyses

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    SKB plans to submit the application to site and construct the final repository for spent nuclear fuel in 2010. One important basis for the application is the results of the safety assessments, for which one particular dataset is the axial hydraulic properties along the underground openings used to calculate the transport resistance for radionuclide transport in the event that the canister is impaired. SKB initiated a project (Zuse) to be run over the period 2007-2009 to: - establish the current knowledge base on excavation damage and disturbance with particular focus on the axial hydraulic properties along the underground openings; - provide a basis for the requirements and compliance criteria for the excavation damaged and disturbed zone; - devise methods and instruments to infer or measure the excavation damage and disturbance at different times during the repository construction and operation before closure; - propose demonstration tests for which the methods are used in situ to qualify appropriate data for use in the safety reports. This report presents the results of the first stage of the Zuse project. Previous major experiments and studies in Canada, Finland, Japan, Sweden and Switzerland on spalling, excavation damage and disturbance was compiled and evaluated to provide the SR-Site report with a defendable database on the properties for the excavation damage and disturbance. In preparation for the SR-Site report, a number of sensitivity studies were conducted in which reasonable ranges of values for spalling and damage were selected in combination with an impaired backfill. The report here describes the construction of the repository in eleven steps and for each of these steps, the potential evolution of THMCB (Thermal, Mechanical, Hydraulic and Chemical/ Biological) processes are reviewed. In this work it was found that descriptions of the chemical and microbiological evolution connected with excavation damage and disturbance was lacking. The preliminary

  19. Neutron Fluences and Radiation Damage Parameters for the HFIR-MFE-RB-17J Experiment

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    The HFIR-MFE-RB-17J experiment was conducted in the removable beryllium (RB) position of HFIR with a Eu2O2 shield. The irradiation was conducted from April 27, 2004, to May 18, 2005. The total exposure was for 353.6 FPD (full power days). Reactor dosimetry capsules were analyzed and the activation data were used to provide the best estimates of the neutron fluences and radiation damage parameters as a function of height relative to midplane of the reactor.

  20. Neutron Fluences and Radiation Damage Parameters for the HFIR-MFE-RB-14J Experiment

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    The HFIR-MFE-RB-14J experiment was conducted in the unshielded removable beryllium (RB) position of HFIR. The irradiation of the assembly occurred for two separated time periods. The first irradiation was from June 3, 1999 to August 27, 1999. The second irradiation period was from January 27, 2000 until June 6, 2000. The total exposure was for 14293 FPD (full power days). Reactor dosimetry capsules were analyzed and the activation data were used to provide the best estimates of the neutron fluences and radiation damage parameters as a function of height relative to midplane of the reactor.

  1. Nuclear radiation interference and damage effects in charged particle experiments for extended space missions.

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    Trainor, J. H.; Teegarden, B. J.

    1971-01-01

    Demonstration that meaningful galactic and solar cosmic radiation measurements can be carried out on deep space missions. The radioisotopic thermoelectric generators (RTGs) which must be used as a source of power and perhaps of heat are a problem, but with proper separation from the experiments, with orientation, and with some shielding the damage effects can be reduced to an acceptable level. The Pioneer spacecraft are crucial in that they are targeted at the heart of Jupiter's radiation belts, and should supply the details of those belts. The subsequent Grand Tour opportunities can be selected for those periods which result in larger distances of closest approach to Jupiter if necessary.

  2. Cavitation and bubble dynamics: the Kelvin impulse and its applications.

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    Blake, John R; Leppinen, David M; Wang, Qianxi

    2015-10-01

    Cavitation and bubble dynamics have a wide range of practical applications in a range of disciplines, including hydraulic, mechanical and naval engineering, oil exploration, clinical medicine and sonochemistry. However, this paper focuses on how a fundamental concept, the Kelvin impulse, can provide practical insights into engineering and industrial design problems. The pathway is provided through physical insight, idealized experiments and enhancing the accuracy and interpretation of the computation. In 1966, Benjamin and Ellis made a number of important statements relating to the use of the Kelvin impulse in cavitation and bubble dynamics, one of these being 'One should always reason in terms of the Kelvin impulse, not in terms of the fluid momentum…'. We revisit part of this paper, developing the Kelvin impulse from first principles, using it, not only as a check on advanced computations (for which it was first used!), but also to provide greater physical insights into cavitation bubble dynamics near boundaries (rigid, potential free surface, two-fluid interface, flexible surface and axisymmetric stagnation point flow) and to provide predictions on different types of bubble collapse behaviour, later compared against experiments. The paper concludes with two recent studies involving (i) the direction of the jet formation in a cavitation bubble close to a rigid boundary in the presence of high-intensity ultrasound propagated parallel to the surface and (ii) the study of a 'paradigm bubble model' for the collapse of a translating spherical bubble, sometimes leading to a constant velocity high-speed jet, known as the Longuet-Higgins jet. PMID:26442141

  3. Excavation damage and disturbance in crystalline rock - results from experiments and analyses

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    Baeckblom, Goeran (Conrox AB, Stockholm (Sweden))

    2008-11-15

    SKB plans to submit the application to site and construct the final repository for spent nuclear fuel in 2010. One important basis for the application is the results of the safety assessments, for which one particular dataset is the axial hydraulic properties along the underground openings used to calculate the transport resistance for radionuclide transport in the event that the canister is impaired. SKB initiated a project (Zuse) to be run over the period 2007-2009 to: - establish the current knowledge base on excavation damage and disturbance with particular focus on the axial hydraulic properties along the underground openings; - provide a basis for the requirements and compliance criteria for the excavation damaged and disturbed zone; - devise methods and instruments to infer or measure the excavation damage and disturbance at different times during the repository construction and operation before closure; - propose demonstration tests for which the methods are used in situ to qualify appropriate data for use in the safety reports. This report presents the results of the first stage of the Zuse project. Previous major experiments and studies in Canada, Finland, Japan, Sweden and Switzerland on spalling, excavation damage and disturbance was compiled and evaluated to provide the SR-Site report with a defendable database on the properties for the excavation damage and disturbance. In preparation for the SR-Site report, a number of sensitivity studies were conducted in which reasonable ranges of values for spalling and damage were selected in combination with an impaired backfill. The report here describes the construction of the repository in eleven steps and for each of these steps, the potential evolution of THMCB (Thermal, Mechanical, Hydraulic and Chemical/ Biological) processes are reviewed. In this work it was found that descriptions of the chemical and microbiological evolution connected with excavation damage and disturbance was lacking. The preliminary

  4. Affected zone generated around the erosion pit on carbon steel surface at the incipient stage of vibration cavitation

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    CHEN HaoSheng; LI Jiang; LIU ShiHan; CHEN DaRong; WANG JiaDao

    2008-01-01

    The characteristics of erosion pits on a carbon steel surface were investigated at the incipient stage of cavitation erosion. After a 5-minute experiment performed in an ultrasonic vibration system, needle-like erosion pits appeared on the polished steel surface, and a specially affected zone was formed around the pit. The shape of the pit and the plastic deformation of the affected zone indicate that the me-chanical impaction on the surface is the main reason for the cavitation damage. On the other hand, the iridescent color, the decreased surface hardness and the precipitated carbides on the affected zone prove that the affected zone has experienced a tempering process with the temperature higher than 300℃. The lack of oxygen in the affected zone also proves that it is not a chemical oxygen result. A special phenomenon that a carbon ring forms in the affected zone is explained as a result of the tor-oidal bubbles' heating effect at the final stage of the bubble collapse.

  5. Numerical simulation of multiphase cavitating flows around an underwater projectile

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    2011-01-01

    The present simulation investigates the multiphase cavitating flow around an underwater projectile.Based on the Homogeneous Equilibrium Flow assumption,a mixture model is applied to simulate the multiphase cavitating flow including ventilated cavitation caused by air injection as well as natural cavitation that forms in a region where the pressure of liquid falls below its vapor pressure. The transport equation cavitating model is applied.The calculations are executed based on a suite of CFD code.The hyd...

  6. Cavitation erosion of silver plated coating at different temperatures and pressures

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    Hattori, Shuji; Motoi, Yoshihiro [Graduate School of Engineering, University of Fukui, 3-9-1 Bunkyo, Fuku-shi, Fukui 910-8507 (Japan); Kikuta, Kengo; Tomaru, Hiroshi [IHI Corperation, TOYOSU IHI BUILDING, 1-1, Toyosu 3-chome, Koto-ku, Tokyo 1358710 (Japan)

    2014-04-11

    Cavitation often occurs in inducer pumps used for space rockets. Silver plated coating on the inducer liner faces the damage of cavitation. Therefore, it is important to study about the cavitation erosion resistance for silver plated coating at several operating conditions in the inducer pumps. In this study, the cavitation erosion tests were carried for silver plated coating in deionized water and ethanol at several liquid temperatures (273K–400K) and pressures (0.10MPa–0.48MPa). The mass loss rate is evaluated in terms of thermodynamic parameter Σ proposed by Brennen [9], suppression pressure p–p{sub v} (p{sub v}: saturated vapor pressure) and acoustic impedance ρc (ρ: density and c: sound speed). Cavitation bubble behaviors depending on the thermodynamic effect and the liquid type were observed by high speed video camera. The mass loss rate is formulated by thermodynamic parameter Σ, suppression pressure p–p{sub v} and acoustic impedance ρc.

  7. Cavitation Effect of Shock Pressure about Nuclear Power Plant Component Cleaning or Crud Removal

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    In nuclear power plant, the problems are caused by corrosion phenomena on the pipe or fuel elements. It can cause the additional cost for plant component recycling or disassembly. Those solutions of problem are chemical method and physical method. Recently ultrasonic and laser methods for cleaning are developing. If fluid flow is attached to the high speed surface of a blade, a large number of bubbles are developed. As it reaches vapor pressure, the fluid vaporizes and forms small bubbles of gas. This is cavitation. Previous study of cavitation shows that predict the onset of cavitation within the pump blade and the degradation in the pressure rise due to the generation and transport of vapor. But cavitation erosion effect can be used for optimized corrosion cleaning. Cavitation can be created in restrict region such as static mixer and orifice. When the bubbles collapse later, they typically cause very strong local shock waves in the fluid, which may be audible and may even damage the blades. Purpose of this study is using shock pressure by micro bubble collapse for second time cleaning in the fluid region of the on product surface

  8. Periodic cavitation shedding in a cylindrical orifice

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    Stanley, C.; Barber, T.; Milton, B.; Rosengarten, G. [University of New South Wales, School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Sydney (Australia)

    2011-11-15

    Cavitation structures in a large-scale (D = 8.25 mm), plain orifice style nozzle within a unique experimental rig are investigated using high-speed visualisation and digital image processing techniques. Refractive index matching with an acrylic nozzle is achieved using aqueous sodium iodide for the test fluid. Cavitation collapse length, unsteady shedding frequency and spray angles are measured for cavitation conditions from incipient to supercavitation for a range of Reynolds numbers, for a fixed L/D ratio of 4.85. Periodic cavitation shedding was shown to occur with frequencies between 500 and 2,000 Hz for conditions in which cavitation occupied less than 30% of the nozzle length. A discontinuity in collapse length was shown to occur once the cavitation exceeded this length, coinciding with a loss of periodic shedding. A mechanism for this behaviour is discussed. Peak spray angles of approximately {theta} {approx} 14 were recorded for supercavitation conditions indicating the positive influence of cavitation bubble collapse on the jet atomisation process. (orig.)

  9. Released air during vapor and air cavitation

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    Jablonská, Jana; Kozubková, Milada

    2016-06-01

    Cavitation today is a very important problem that is solved by means of experimental and mathematical methods. The article deals with the generation of cavitation in convergent divergent nozzle of rectangular cross section. Measurement of pressure, flow rate, temperature, amount of dissolved air in the liquid and visualization of cavitation area using high-speed camera was performed for different flow rates. The measurement results were generalized by dimensionless analysis, which allows easy detection of cavitation in the nozzle. For numerical simulation the multiphase mathematical model of cavitation consisting of water and vapor was created. During verification the disagreement with the measurements for higher flow rates was proved, therefore the model was extended to multiphase mathematical model (water, vapor and air), due to release of dissolved air. For the mathematical modeling the multiphase turbulence RNG k-ɛ model for low Reynolds number flow with vapor and air cavitation was used. Subsequently the sizes of the cavitation area were verified. In article the inlet pressure and loss coefficient depending on the amount of air added to the mathematical model are evaluated. On the basis of the approach it may be create a methodology to estimate the amount of released air added at the inlet to the modeled area.

  10. Preliminary Calculations of the Radiation Damage of the Permanent Magnets for TRADE (TRiga Accelerator Driven Experiment)

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    Zanini, L; Kadi, Y; CERN. Geneva. SPS and LHC Division

    2002-01-01

    Monte Carlo calculations of proton irradiation of permanent magnets for the TRADE experiment have been performed. An irradiation dose of about 4´106 Gy/yr/mA has been estimated due to beam losses in normal operating conditions. Existing experimental results indicate that this irradiation level may induce a considerable demagnetization: in fact, a dose of 6´107 Gy induces a remanence loss of 0.3 % on samples of Sm2Co17 magnets, which are the most resistant type. More detailed calculations with the final design of the magnets and of the beam line are suggested, to determine if the irradiation levels allowed a reliable operation of the permanent magnets for the entire duration of the TRADE experiment. Damage and gas production rates have also been calculated; the values obtained are very low, thus confirming that the demagnetization process is in great part reversible.

  11. Rep-Rated X-ray Damage and Ablation Experiments for IFE and ICF Applications

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    The response of materials to high-dose x-ray exposures needs to be understood for inertial fusion energy (IFE) and inertial confinement fusion applications, where the requirements for IFE are considerably more stringent. In the IFE context, x-ray damage and/or small levels of ablation are of importance for component survivability, generation of debris, and contamination. Ablation quantities of even 1 angstrom per shot would result in material removal of more than 1 cm per year of operation. If even one part in a million of this material made its way to the final optics, it would coat them with a thickness equivalent to several waves of the laser light. Also, small-scale melting and thermomechanical effects, such as fatigue, can result from x-ray heating. These effects potentially become important when multiple shots are considered, and thus, their study requires use of rep-rated experiments. As a part of the High-Average Power Laser Program, the XAPPER experiment has been initiated at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. XAPPER produces high doses of low-energy x-rays at repetition rates of up to 10 Hz. Study of x-ray damage is underway. An overview of facility capabilities, results to date, and future plans are provided

  12. Cavitation in ultrasound and shockwave therapy

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    Colonius, Tim

    2014-11-01

    Acoustic waves, especially high-intensity ultrasound and shock waves, are used for medical imaging and intra- and extra-corporeal manipulation of cells, tissue, and urinary calculi. Waves are currently used to treat kidney stone disease, plantar fasciitis, and bone nonunion, and they are being investigated as a technique to ablate cancer tumors and mediate drug delivery. In many applications, acoustic waves induce the expansion and collapse of preexisting or newly cavitating bubbles whose presence can either mediate the generation of localized stresses or lead to collateral damage, depending on how effectively they can be controlled. We describe efforts aimed at simulating the collapse of bubbles, both individually and in clusters, with the aim to characterize the induced mechanical stresses and strains. To simulate collapse of one or a few bubbles, compressible Euler and Navier-Stokes simulations of multi-component materials are performed with WENO-based shock and interface capturing schemes. Repetitive insonification generates numerous bubbles that are difficult to resolve numerically. Such clouds are also important in traditional engineering applications such as caveating hydrofoils. Models that incorporate the dynamics of an unresolved dispersed phase consisting of the bubble cloud are also developed. The results of several model problems including bubble collapse near rigid surfaces, bubble collapse near compliant surfaces and in small capillaries are analyzed. The results are processed to determine the potential for micron-sized preexisting gas bubbles to damage capillaries. The translation of the fundamental fluid dynamics into improvements in the design and clinical application of shockwave lithotripters will be discussed. NIH Grant PO1-DK043881.

  13. Cavitation-Induced Fusion: Proof of Concept

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    Fomitchev-Zamilov, Max I

    2012-01-01

    Cavitation-induced fusion (also known as bubble fusion or sonofusion) has been a topic of much debate and controversy and is generally (albeit incorrectly) perceived as unworkable. In this paper we present the theoretical foundations of cavitation-induced fusion and summarize the experimental results of the research conducted in the past 20 years. Based on the systematic study of all available data we conclude that the cavitation-induced fusion is feasible, doable, and can be used for commercial power generation. We present the results of our own research and disclose a commercial reactor prototype.

  14. BIOMEX Experiment: Ultrastructural Alterations, Molecular Damage and Survival of the Fungus Cryomyces antarcticus after the Experiment Verification Tests

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    Pacelli, Claudia; Selbmann, Laura; Zucconi, Laura; De Vera, Jean-Pierre; Rabbow, Elke; Horneck, Gerda; de la Torre, Rosa; Onofri, Silvano

    2016-04-01

    The search for traces of extinct or extant life in extraterrestrial environments is one of the main goals for astrobiologists; due to their ability to withstand stress producing conditions, extremophiles are perfect candidates for astrobiological studies. The BIOMEX project aims to test the ability of biomolecules and cell components to preserve their stability under space and Mars-like conditions, while at the same time investigating the survival capability of microorganisms. The experiment has been launched into space and is being exposed on the EXPOSE-R2 payload, outside of the International Space Station (ISS) over a time-span of 1.5 years. Along with a number of other extremophilic microorganisms, the Antarctic cryptoendolithic black fungus Cryomyces antarcticus CCFEE 515 has been included in the experiment. Before launch, dried colonies grown on Lunar and Martian regolith analogues were exposed to vacuum, irradiation and temperature cycles in ground based experiments (EVT1 and EVT2). Cultural and molecular tests revealed that the fungus survived on rock analogues under space and simulated Martian conditions, showing only slight ultra-structural and molecular damage.

  15. Cavitation studies on axi-symmetric underwater body with pumpjet propulsor in cavitation tunnel

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    Suryanarayana, Ch.; Satyanarayana, B.; Ramji, K.; Rao, M. Nageswara

    2010-12-01

    A pumpjet propulsor (PJP) was designed for an underwater body (UWB) with axi-symmetric configuration. Its performance was predicted through CFD study and models were manufactured. The propulsor design was evaluated for its propulsion characteristics through model tests conducted in a Wind Tunnel (WT). In the concluding part of the study, evaluation of the cavitation performance of the pumpjet was undertaken in a cavitation tunnel (CT). In order to assess the cavitation free operation speeds and depths of the body, cavitation tests of the PJP were carried out in behind condition to determine the inception cavitation numbers for rotor, stator and cowl. The model test results obtained were corrected for full scale Reynolds number and subsequently analyzed for cavitation inception speeds at different operating depths. From model tests it was also found that the cavitation inception of the rotor takes place on the tip face side at higher advance ratios and cavitation shifts towards the suction side as the RPS increases whereas the stator and cowl are free from cavitation.

  16. Research on the noise induced by cavitation under the asymmetric cavitation condition in a centrifugal pump

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    Lu, J. X.; Yuan, S. Q.; Yuan, J. P.; Ren, X. D.; Pei, J.; Si, Q. R.

    2015-12-01

    An experimental investigation has been carried out to research the noise induced by cavitation under the asymmetric cavitation (AC) condition in a centrifugal pump. The acoustic pressure signals at the pump inlet and outlet were measured respectively during the development of cavitation in a closed hydraulic test rig. It could be found that both the pump inlet and outlet acoustic pressures changed obviously with the development of cavitation. The time domain and the power spectrum density of the pump inlet and outlet acoustic pressure pulsations were analyzed. The broadband pulses of the acoustic pressure pulsations were found and the reasons for the phenomenon were given.

  17. X-ray Diagnostics for Cavitating Nozzle Flow

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    Duke, Daniel J.; Swantek, Andrew B.; Kastengren, Alan L.; Powell, Christopher F.

    2015-12-01

    Cavitation plays a critical role in the internal flow of nozzles such as those used in direct fuel injection systems. However, quantifying the vapor fraction in the nozzle is difficult. The gas-liquid interfaces refract and multiply scatter visible light, making quantitative extinction measurements difficult. X-rays offer a solution to this problem, as they refract and scatter only weakly. In this paper, we report on current progress in the development of several x-ray diagnostics for cavitating nozzle flows. X-ray radiography experiments undertaken at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory have provided measurements of total projected void fraction in a 500 μm submerged nozzle, which have been directly compared with numerical simulations. From this work, it has been shown that dissolved gases in the liquid also result in the formation of vapor regions, and it is difficult to separate these multiple phenomena. To address this problem, the liquid was doped with an x-ray fluorescent bromine tracer, and the dissolved air substituted with krypton. The fluorescent emission of Br and Kr at x-ray wavelengths provide a novel measurement of both the total void fraction and the dissolved gas component, allowing both cavitation and dissolved gas contributions to be measured independently. [199/200 words

  18. Cavitation in confined water: ultra-fast bubble dynamics

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    Vincent, Olivier; Marmottant, Philippe

    2012-02-01

    In the hydraulic vessels of trees, water can be found at negative pressure. This metastable state, corresponding to mechanical tension, is achieved by evaporation through a porous medium. It can be relaxed by cavitation, i.e. the sudden nucleation of vapor bubbles. Harmful for the tree due to the subsequent emboli of sap vessels, cavitation is on the contrary used by ferns to eject spores very swiftly. We will focus here on the dynamics of the cavitation bubble, which is of primary importance to explain the previously cited natural phenomena. We use the recently developed method of artificial tress, using transparent hydrogels as the porous medium. Our experiments, on water confined in micrometric hydrogel cavities, show an extremely fast dynamics: bubbles are nucleated at the microsecond timescale. For cavities larger than 100 microns, the bubble ``rings'' with damped oscillations at MHz frequencies, whereas for smaller cavities the oscillations become overdamped. This rich dynamics can be accounted for by a model we developed, leading to a modified Rayleigh-Plesset equation. Interestingly, this model predicts the impossibility to nucleate bubbles above a critical confinement that depends on liquid negative pressure and corresponds to approximately 100 nm for 20 MPa tensions.

  19. Numerical Optimization of converging diverging miniature cavitating nozzles

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    Chavan, Kanchan; Bhingole, B.; Raut, J.; Pandit, A. B.

    2015-12-01

    The work focuses on the numerical optimization of converging diverging cavitating nozzles through nozzle dimensions and wall shape. The objective is to develop design rules for the geometry of cavitating nozzles for desired end-use. Two main aspects of nozzle design which affects the cavitation have been studied i.e. end dimensions of the geometry (i.e. angle and/or curvature of the inlet, outlet and the throat and the lengths of the converging and diverging sections) and wall curvatures(concave or convex). Angle of convergence at the inlet was found to control the cavity growth whereas angle of divergence of the exit controls the collapse of cavity. CFD simulations were carried out for the straight line converging and diverging sections by varying converging and diverging angles to study its effect on the collapse pressure generated by the cavity. Optimized geometry configurations were obtained on the basis of maximum Cavitational Efficacy Ratio (CER)i.e. cavity collapse pressure generated for a given permanent pressure drop across the system. With increasing capabilities in machining and fabrication, it is possible to exploit the effect of wall curvature to create nozzles with further increase in the CER. Effect of wall curvature has been studied for the straight, concave and convex shapes. Curvature has been varied and effect of concave and convex wall curvatures vis-à-vis straight walls studied for fixed converging and diverging angles.It is concluded that concave converging-diverging nozzles with converging angle of 20° and diverging angle of 5° with the radius of curvature 0.03 m and 0.1530 m respectively gives maximum CER. Preliminary experiments using optimized geometry are indicating similar trends and are currently being carried out. Refinements of the CFD technique using two phase flow simulations are planned.

  20. Cavitation mode analysis of pump inducer

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    The onset of cavitation causes head and efficiency a main pump to be reduced significantly and generates vibration and noise. In order to avoid these phenomena, the inlet of the pump is fitted with a special rotor called an inducer, which can operate satisfactorily with extensive cavitation. The motivation of this study is to find out cavitation modes from the inducer inlet pressure signals and event characteristics from outlet ones at various operating conditions. The cavitation modes are analyzed by using a cross-spectral density of fluctuating pressures at the inducer inlet. The time-frequency characteristics of wall pressures downstream of the inducer are presented in terms of event frequency, its duration time, and number of events by using the Choi-Williams distribution

  1. Cavitation for improved sludge conversion into biogas

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    Stoop, A. H.; Bakker, T. W.; Kramer, H. J. M.

    2015-12-01

    In several studies the beneficial influence of pre-treatment of waste activated sludge with cavitation on the biogas production was demonstrated. It is however, still not fully certain whether this effect should be mainly contributed to an increase in conversion rate of organics into biogas by anaerobic bacteria, and how much cavitation increases the total biogas yield. An increase in yield is only the case if cavitation can further disrupt otherwise inaccessible cell membrane structures and long chain organic molecules. In this study the influence of hydrodynamic cavitation on sludge that was already digested for 30 days was investigated. The total biogas yield could indeed be increased. The effect of the backpressure behind the venturi tube on the yield could not yet be established.

  2. Solvent cavitation under solvophobic confinement.

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    Ashbaugh, Henry S

    2013-08-14

    The stability of liquids under solvophobic confinement can tip in favor of the vapor phase, nucleating a liquid-to-vapor phase transition that induces attractive forces between confining surfaces. In the case of water adjacent to hydrophobic surfaces, experimental and theoretical evidence support confinement-mediated evaporation stabilization of biomolecular and colloidal assemblies. The macroscopic thermodynamic theory of cavitation under confinement establishes the connection between the size of the confining surfaces, interfacial free energies, and bulk solvent pressure with the critical evaporation separation and interfacial forces. While molecular simulations have confirmed the broad theoretical trends, a quantitative comparison based on independent measurements of the interfacial free energies and liquid-vapor coexistence properties has, to the best of our knowledge, not yet been performed. To overcome the challenges of simulating a large number of systems to validate scaling predictions for a three-dimensional fluid, we simulate both the forces and liquid-vapor coexistence properties of a two-dimensional Lennard-Jones fluid confined between solvophobic plates over a range of plate sizes and reservoir pressures. Our simulations quantitatively agree with theoretical predictions for solvent-mediated forces and critical evaporation separations once the length dependence of the solvation free energy of an individual confining plate is taken into account. The effective solid-liquid line tension length dependence results from molecular scale correlations for solvating microscopic plates and asymptotically decays to the macroscopic value for plates longer than 150 solvent diameters. The success of the macroscopic thermodynamic theory at describing two-dimensional liquids suggests application to surfactant monolayers to experimentally confirm confinement-mediated cavitation. PMID:23947875

  3. Numerical analysis of cavitation within slanted axial-flow pump

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    张睿; 陈红勋

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, the cavitating flow within a slanted axial-flow pump is numerically researched. The hydraulic and cavitation performance of the slanted axial-flow pump under different operation conditions are estimated. Compared with the experimental hydraulic performance curves, the numerical results show that the filter-based model is better than the standard k-e model to predict the parameters of hydraulic performance. In cavitation simulation, compared with the experimental results, the proposed numerical method has good predicting ability. Under different cavitation conditions, the internal cavitating flow fields within slanted axial-flow pump are investigated. Compared with flow visualization results, the major internal flow features can be effectively grasped. In order to explore the origin of the cavitation performance breakdown, the Boundary Vorticity Flux (BVF) is introduced to diagnose the cavitating flow fields. The analysis results indicate that the cavitation performance drop is relevant to the instability of cavitating flow on the blade suction surface.

  4. The role of positive and negative pressure on cavitation nucleation in nanodroplet-mediated histotripsy

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    Vlaisavljevich, Eli; Aydin, Omer; Lin, Kuang-Wei; Yuksel Durmaz, Yasemin; Fowlkes, Brian; ElSayed, Mohamed; Xu, Zhen

    2016-01-01

    Nanodroplet-mediated histotripsy (NMH) is an ultrasound ablation technique combining histotripsy with acoustically sensitive perfluorocarbon (PFC) nanodroplets that can be selectively delivered to tumor cells for targeted tumor ablation. NMH takes advantage of the significantly reduced cavitation threshold of the nanodroplets, allowing for cavitation to be selectively generated only in regions containing nanodroplets. Understanding the physical mechanisms underlying the nanodroplet cavitation process is essential to the development of NMH. In this study, we hypothesize that cavitation nucleation is caused by the negative pressure (p-) exposed to the PFC, and the NMH cavitation threshold is therefore determined by the incident p-  of the single-cycle pulses commonly used in NMH. This paper reports the first study that separately investigates the effects of negative and positive pressure on the NMH cavitation threshold using near half-cycle ultrasound pulses with dominant negative (negative-polarity pulses) or positive (positive-polarity pulses) pressure phases. Tissue phantoms containing perfluorohexane (PFH) nanodroplets were exposed to negative-polarity and positive-polarity pulses generated by a frequency compounding transducer recently developed in our lab, and the probability of generating cavitation was measured as a function of peak negative (p-) and peak positive (p+) pressure. The results showed close agreement in the p-  cavitation threshold for PFH phantoms exposed to negative-polarity (11.4  ±  0.1 MPa) and positive-polarity (11.7  ±  0.2 MPa) pulses. The p+ at the cavitation threshold, in contrast, was measured to be significantly different for the negative-polarity (4.0  ±  0.1 MPa) and positive-polarity (42.6  ±  0.2 MPa) pulses. In the final part of this study, the experimental results were compared to the cavitation threshold predicted by classical nucleation theory (CNT), with results showing

  5. Detection of cavitation in hydraulic turbines

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    Escaler, X.; Egusquiza, E.; Farhat, M.; Avellan, F.

    2006-01-01

    An experimental investigation has been carried out in order to evaluate the detection of cavitation in actual hydraulic turbines. The methodology is based on the analysis of structural vibrations, acoustic emissions and hydrodynamic pressures measured in the machine. The proposed techniques have been checked in real prototypes suffering from different types of cavitation. In particular, one Kaplan, two Francis and one Pump-Turbine have been investigated in the field. Additionally, one Francis...

  6. Modelling vaporous cavitation on fluid transients

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    Shu, Jian-Jun

    2014-01-01

    A comprehensive study of the problem of modelling vaporous cavitation in transmission lines is presented. The two-phase homogeneous equilibrium vaporous cavitation model which has been developed is compared with the conventional column separation model. The latter predicts unrealistically high pressure spikes because of a conflict arising from the prediction of negative cavity sizes if the pressure is not permitted to fall below the vapour pressure, or the prediction of negative absolute pres...

  7. Control of Propeller Cavitation in Operational Conditions

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    Vrijdag, A.

    2009-01-01

    Off design conditions can have a severe impact on ship propulsion system behaviour. Resistance increase for instance leads to a higher engine loading, and can also easily lead to a decrease of cavitation inception speed with respect to calm water conditions. Wakefield variations due to ship motions, waves and manoeuvres also have effect on engine loading and on propeller cavitation. This dissertation discusses the model based development of a propulsion control system aiming at increased cavi...

  8. Stone anvil damage by wild bearded capuchins (Sapajus libidinosus during pounding tool use: a field experiment.

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    Full Text Available We recorded the damage that wild bearded capuchin monkeys (Sapajus libidinosus caused to a sandstone anvil during pounding stone tool use, in an experimental setting. The anvil was undamaged when set up at the Fazenda Boa Vista (FBV field laboratory in Piauí, Brazil, and subsequently the monkeys indirectly created a series of pits and destroyed the anvil surface by cracking palm nuts on it. We measured the size and rate of pit formation, and recorded when adult and immature monkeys removed loose material from the anvil surface. We found that new pits were formed with approximately every 10 nuts cracked, (corresponding to an average of 38 strikes with a stone tool, and that adult males were the primary initiators of new pit positions on the anvil. Whole nuts were preferentially placed within pits for cracking, and partially-broken nuts outside the established pits. Visible anvil damage was rapid, occurring within a day of the anvil's introduction to the field laboratory. Destruction of the anvil through use has continued for three years since the experiment, resulting in both a pitted surface and a surrounding archaeological debris field that replicate features seen at natural FBV anvils.

  9. Damage modeling of small-scale experiments on dental enamel with hierarchical microstructure.

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    Scheider, I; Xiao, T; Yilmaz, E; Schneider, G A; Huber, N; Bargmann, S

    2015-03-01

    Dental enamel is a highly anisotropic and heterogeneous material, which exhibits an optimal reliability with respect to the various loads occurring over years. In this work, enamel's microstructure of parallel aligned rods of mineral fibers is modeled and mechanical properties are evaluated in terms of strength and toughness with the help of a multiscale modeling method. The established model is validated by comparing it with the stress-strain curves identified by microcantilever beam experiments extracted from these rods. Moreover, in order to gain further insight in the damage-tolerant behavior of enamel, the size of crystallites below which the structure becomes insensitive to flaws is studied by a microstructural finite element model. The assumption regarding the fiber strength is verified by a numerical study leading to accordance of fiber size and flaw tolerance size, and the debonding strength is estimated by optimizing the failure behavior of the microstructure on the hierarchical level above the individual fibers. Based on these well-grounded properties, the material behavior is predicted well by homogenization of a representative unit cell including damage, taking imperfections (like microcracks in the present case) into account. PMID:25484332

  10. Intense cavitation at extreme static pressure.

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    Pishchalnikov, Yuri A; Gutierrez, Joel; Dunbar, Wylene W; Philpott, Richard W

    2016-02-01

    Cavitation is usually performed at hydrostatic pressures at or near 0.1 MPa. Higher static pressure produces more intense cavitation, but requires an apparatus that can build high amplitude acoustic waves with rarefactions exceeding the cavitation threshold. The absence of such an apparatus has prevented the achievement of intense acoustic cavitation, hindering research and the development of new applications. Here we describe a new high-pressure spherical resonator system, as well as experimental and modeling results in water and liquid metal (gallium), for cavitation at hydrostatic pressures between 10 and 150 MPa. Our computational data, using HYADES plasma hydrodynamics code, show the formation of dense plasma that, under these conditions, reaches peak pressures of about three to four orders of magnitude greater than the hydrostatic pressure in the bulk liquid and temperatures in the range of 100,000 K. Passive cavitation detection (PCD) data validate both a linear increase in shock wave amplitude and the production of highly intense concentrations of mechanical energy in the collapsing bubbles. High-speed camera observations show the formation of bubble clusters from single bubbles. The increased shock wave amplitude produced by bubble clusters, measured using PCD and fiber optic probe hydrophone, was consistent with current understanding that bubble clusters enable amplification of energy produced. PMID:26341849

  11. Impact of ultrafast electronic damage in single particle x-ray imaging experiments

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    Lorenz, U; Weckert, E; Vartanyants, I A

    2012-01-01

    In single particle coherent x-ray diffraction imaging experiments, performed at x-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs), samples are exposed to intense x-ray pulses to obtain single-shot diffraction patterns. The high intensity induces electronic dynamics on the femtosecond time scale in the system, which can reduce the contrast of the obtained diffraction patterns and adds an isotropic background. We quantify the degradation of the diffraction pattern from ultrafast electronic damage by performing simulations on a biological sample exposed to x-ray pulses with different parameters. We find that the contrast is substantially reduced and the background is considerably strong only if almost all electrons are removed from their parent atoms. This happens at fluences of at least one order of magnitude larger than provided at currently available XFEL sources.

  12. Experimental investigation and numerical analysis of unsteady attached sheet-cavitating flows in a centrifugal pump

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    LIU Hou-lin; LIU Dong-xi; WANG Yong; WU Xian-fang; WANG Jian; DU Hui

    2013-01-01

    This paper studies the attached sheet cavitation in centrifugal pumps.A pump casted from Perspex is used as the test subject.The cavitation bubbles were observed in the entrance of the impeller and the drops of the head coefficients were measured under different operating conditions.A Filter-Based Model (FBM),derived from the RNG k-ε model,and a modified Zwart model are adopted in the numerical predictions of the unsteady cavitating flows in the pump.The simulations are carried out and the results are compared with experimental results for 3 different flow coefficients,from 0.077 to 0.114.Under four operating conditions,qualitative comparisons are made between experimental and numerical cavitation patterns,as visualized by a high-speed camera and described as isosurfaces of the vapour volume fraction αv =0.1.It is shown that the simulation can truly represent the development of the attached sheet cavitation in the impeller.At the same time,the curves for the drops of the head coefficients obtained from experiments and calculations are also quantitatively compared,which shows that the decline of the head coefficients at every flow coefficient is correctly captured,and the prediction accuracy is high.In addition,the detailed analysis is made on the vapour volume fraction contours on the plane of span is 0.5 and the loading distributions around the blade section at the midspan.It is shown that the FBM model and the modified Zwart model are effective for the numerical simulation of the cavitating flow in centrifugal pumps.The analysis results can also be used as the basis for the further research of the attached sheet cavitation and the improvement of centrifugal pumps.

  13. AN ATTRIBUTION OF CAVITATION RESONANCE: VOLUMETRIC OSCILLATIONS OF CLOUD

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    ZUO Zhi-gang; LI Sheng-cai; LIU Shu-hong; LI Shuang; CHEN Hui

    2009-01-01

    In order to further verify the proposed theory of cavitation resonance, as well as to proceed the investigations into microscopic level, a series of studies are being carried out on the Warwick venturi. The analysis of the oscillation characteristics of the cavitation resonance has conclusively verified the macro-mechanism proposed through previous studies on other cavitating flows by the authors. The initial observations using high-speed photographic approach have revealed a new attribution of cavitation resonance. That is, the volumetric oscillation of cavitation cloud is associated with the cavitation resonance, which is a collective behaviour of the bubbles in the cloud.

  14. Modelling the opalinus clay response in the heating experiment. Rock damage and pore water pressure generation

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    The Heating Experiment (HE) was designed to examine the response of Opalinus Clay against a radial heating pulse generated in a single vertical borehole. A highly compacted bentonite ring, located around the centered heater introduced also a strong radial pressure on the borehole wall when it became saturated. Some monitoring instruments, such as temperature sensors, piezometers and inclinometers located in boreholes perforated around the heating borehole provided data on the rock reaction against the heating action and the buffer swelling. The experiment involve three main stages: Test buffer emplacement and bentonite hydration, a heating period and a cooling period. Four and a half years of the monitoring records are available. Opalinus shale is a brittle rock which is damaged by mechanical and environmental actions (suction cycles). It has been simulated by means of an elastoplastic constitutive model which introduces a degradation mechanism as irreversible deformations accumulate. Model parameters where adjusted by means of the back-analysis of available triaxial test data. The determination of hydraulic parameters of the rock was based on water retention and permeability tests performed at the UPC Geotechnical Laboratory. The analysis has provided a complete THM response of the rock. Of particular interest was the comparison of pore water pressure development and dissipation during the heating and cooling stages. The actual pore water pressure evolution depends on the rate of temperature change, the rock porosity, the dilation coefficient of water and rock skeleton and the stiffness and permeability of the rock. It was found that the pore water response was captured reasonably well by the model using the basic parameters determined for the rock. However, some material parameters, and in particular, the rock permeability have a strong influence on the results. A sensibility analysis performed shows the role of the different parameters on pore water pressure

  15. Out-of-pile experiments on severe fuel damage behaviour of LWR fuel elements (CORA programme)

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    The out-of-pile experiments of the CORA programme performed within the Project Group LWR Safety at the Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe are intended to provide information on the damage mechanisms of LWR fuel elements under severe fuel damage conditions, i.e. in the temperature region from 1200 deg. C to above 2000 deg. C. In these experiments the decay heat is simulated by electrical heating of a central tungsten rod within annular pellets, which are placed inside the Zircaloy cladding. The test bundle in the CORA facility is arranged from 16 heated (1000 mm length) and 9 unheated rods (solid pellets) surrounded by a Zircaloy shroud. The shroud itself is insulated by ZrO2 fibre insulation to obtain a uniform radial temperature distribution. In the test programme, 15 experiments are planned, 4 experiments have been performed. In the paper, the results of tests with A12O3 pellets and UO2 pellets with Inconel spacer only (no absorber material) are reported. In the tests with A12O3 pellets, simulating burnable poison rods, early melt formation at about 1350 deg C was observed. The liquefaction increases distinctly at 1500 deg. C. In the refrozen melt two metallic types - α-Zr(O) and (Zr,A1) alloy - and one porous ceramic (ZrO2, A12O3) eutectic can be distinguished. Large blockages form at the lower end of the bundle. In the tests with UO2 pellets, the melting starts at the elevation of the Inconel spacer. By eutectic melt formation in contact with the Zircaloy the liquefaction begins below the melting point of the Inconel. Further interaction of this melt with the UO2 results in partial dissolution of the pellets. Refreezing of the melt led to blockage formation at the lower end of the bundle, but at higher elevations compared to the tests with alumina pellets. At some locations fragmentation of fuel pellets to fine powder took place during cooldown. (author). 9 refs, 6 figs

  16. Numerical and Experimental Studies of Cavitation Behavior in Water-Jet Cavitation Peening Processing

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Water-jet cavitation peening (WCP is a new technology for the surface modification of metallic materials. The cavitation behavior in this process involves complex and changeable physics phenomena, such as high speed, high pressure, multiple phases, phase transition, turbulence, and unstable features. Thus, the cavitation behavior and impact-pressure distribution in WCP have always been key problems in this field. Numerous factors affect the occurrence of cavitation. These factors include flow-boundary conditions, absolute pressure, flow velocity, flow viscosity, surface tension, and so on. Among these factors, pressure and vapor fraction are the most significant. Numerical simulations are performed to determine the flow-field characteristics of both inside and outside the cavitating nozzle of a submerged water jet. The factors that influence the cavitation intensity of pressure are simulated. Fujifilm pressure-sensitive paper is used to measure the distribution of impact pressure along the jet direction during the WCP process. The results show that submerged cavitation jets can induce cavitation both inside and outside a conical nozzle and a convergent-divergent nozzle when the inlet pressure is 32 MPa. Moreover, the shock wave pressure induced by the collapse of the bubble group reaches up to 300 MPa.

  17. Contribution à l'étude de l'érosion de cavitation: mécanismes hydrodynamiques et prédiction

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    Farhat, Mohamed; Avellan, François

    2005-01-01

    In the field of hydraulic power plant, the leading edge cavitation is often responsible of sever erosion which may cause a premature shutdown of energy production with costly consequences. This type of cavitation is characterized by an attached vapour cavity at the leading edge of the blades. Transient vapour vortices are generated and convected by the mean ow to the pressure recovery region where they collapse violently. The resulting water hammer pressure is responsible of material damage. ...

  18. On thermonuclear processes in cavitation bubbles

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    The theoretical and experimental foundations of so-called bubble nuclear fusion are reviewed. In the nuclear fusion process, a spherical cavitation cluster ∼10−2 m in diameter is produced of spherical bubbles at the center of a cylindrical chamber filled with deuterated acetone using a focused acoustic field having a resonant frequency of about 20 kHz. The acoustically-forced bubbles effectuate volume oscillations with sharp collapses during the compression stage. At the final stages of collapse, the bubble cluster emits 2.5 MeV D-D fusion neutron pulses at a rate of ∼2000 per second. The neutron yield is ∼105 s−1. In parallel, tritium nuclei are produced at the same yield. It is shown numerically that, for bubbles having sufficient molecular mass, spherical shock waves develop in the center of the cluster and that these spherical shock waves (microshocks) produce converging shocks within the interior bubbles, which focus energy on the centers of the bubbles. When these shock waves reflect from the centers of the bubbles, extreme conditions of temperature (∼108 K) and density (∼104 kg m−3) arise in a (nano)spherical region (∼10−7 m in size) that last for ∼10−12 s, during which time about ten D-D fusion neutrons and tritium nuclei are produced in the region. A paradoxical result in our experiments is that it is bubble cluster (not streamer) cavitation and the sufficiently high molecular mass of (and hence the low sound speed in) D-acetone (C3D6O) vapor (as compared, for example, to deuterated water D2O) which are necessary conditions for the formation of convergent spherical microshock waves in central cluster bubbles. It is these waves that allow the energy to be sufficiently focused in the nanospherical regions near the bubble centers for fusion events to occur. The criticism to which the concept of 'bubble fusion' has been subjected in the literature, in particular, most recently in Uspekhi Fizicheskikh Nauk (Physics

  19. EXPERIMENTAL STUDY ON CAVITATION AND WATER-WING FOR MIDDLE-PIERS OF DISCHARGE TUNNELS

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    WU Jian-hua; CAI Chang-guang; JI Wei; RUAN Shi-ping; LUO Chao

    2005-01-01

    In construction of high dams, design of a middle-pier, placed in a discharge tunnel to divide it into two parts, is a better choice that could breakthrough the limits of the manufacture and operation of the gate due to the high head to it. However, cavitation and water-wing, a kind of flow striking the top and side walls of the tunnel, induced by the middle-pier, may take place and bring about bad effects on operation of the tunnel. The experiments of the six comparing plans were conducted, consisting of atmospheric and vacuum tank models, and the interesting areas included relationships between discharges and reservoir levels, measurements of side wall pressures, comparisons of water-wing states for the various middle-piers, estimations of the incipient cavitation numbers and the flow cavitation numbers, and analyses of cavitation characteristics for the tunnel. A kind of new bodily form of middle-pier was developed. Water-wing states were better improved and non-cavitation conditions were satisfied.

  20. Unsteady Cavitating Flow around a Hydrofoil Simulated Using the Partially-Averaged Navier—Stokes Model

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    Numerical simulations of unsteady cavitating flow around a NACA66-mod hydrofoil were performed using the partially-averaged Navier—Stokes method with different values of the resolution control parameters (fk = 1.0−0.2, fin = 1). With decreasing fk, the predicted cavitating flow becomes unsteady as the time-averaged turbulent viscosity at the rear part of the attached cavity is gradually reduced. For fk = 0.9 and 0.8, the cavity becomes unstable and its length dramatically expands and shrinks, but the calculation fails to predict the vapor cloud shedding behavior observed experimentally. With smaller fk less than 0.7, the cloud shedding behavior is simulated numerically and the predicted cavity shedding frequency increases. With fk = 0.2, the whole cavitating flow evolution can be reasonably reproduced including the cavity growth/destabilization observed previously. The reentrant flow along the suction surface of the hydrofoil is the main trigger to cause the vapor cloud shedding. The wall pressure along the hydrofoil surface oscillates greatly due to the dynamic cavity shedding. Comparing the simulations and experiments, it is confirmed that for the PANS method, resolution control parameters of fk = 0.2 and fin = 1 are recommended for numerical simulations of unsteady cavitating flows. Thus, the present study shows that the PANS method is an effective approach for predicting unsteady cavitating flow over hydrofoils. (condensed matter: structure, mechanical and thermal properties)

  1. Elasticity of microscale volumes of viscoelastic soft matter by cavitation rheometry.

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    Pavlovsky, Leonid; Ganesan, Mahesh; Younger, John G; Solomon, Michael J

    2014-09-15

    Measurement of the elastic modulus of soft, viscoelastic liquids with cavitation rheometry is demonstrated for specimens as small as 1 μl by application of elasticity theory and experiments on semi-dilute polymer solutions. Cavitation rheometry is the extraction of the elastic modulus of a material, E, by measuring the pressure necessary to create a cavity within it [J. A. Zimberlin, N. Sanabria-DeLong, G. N. Tew, and A. J. Crosby, Soft Matter 3, 763-767 (2007)]. This paper extends cavitation rheometry in three ways. First, we show that viscoelastic samples can be approximated with the neo-Hookean model provided that the time scale of the cavity formation is measured. Second, we extend the cavitation rheometry method to accommodate cases in which the sample size is no longer large relative to the cavity dimension. Finally, we implement cavitation rheometry to show that the theory accurately measures the elastic modulus of viscoelastic samples with volumes ranging from 4 ml to as low as 1 μl. PMID:25316925

  2. Non-baseline damage detection from changes in strain energy mode shapes experiments on armored vehicle launched bridge

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    There are several existing methods for damage detection based on identifying changes in strain energy mode shapes. Most of these methods require knowing strain energy mode shapes for a structure without damage in order to establish a baseline for damage detection. Usually, the mode shapes from the structure under test should be compared to the baseline mode shapes to identify and locate damage. However, these methods of damage detection are not very suitable for application on structures where baseline mode shapes cannot be readily obtained, for example, structures with preexisting damage. Conventional methods, like building a finite element model of a structure to be used as a baseline might be an expensive and time-consuming task that can be impossible for complex structures. A new (non-baseline) method for the extraction of localized changes (damage peaks) from strain energy mode shapes based on Fourier analysis of the strain energy mode shapes has been developed and analytically proved for the cases of a pinned-pinned and a free-free beam. The new method looks for characteristic changes in the power spectrum of the strain energy mode shapes in order to locate and identify damage. The analytical results have been confirmed both by the finite element model and impact testing experiments on a free-free aluminum beam, including single and multiple damage scenarios. This paper presents results of testing the non-baseline method on a complex structure -- Armored Vehicle Launched Bridge, which consists of loosely coupled hinged beams with variable cross-section. The results of testing confirm applicability of the non-baseline method to damage detection in complex structures and highlight certain particularities of its use

  3. Displacement Damage Effects in Solar Cells: Mining Damage From the Microelectronics and Photonics Test Bed Space Experiment

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    Hardage, Donna (Technical Monitor); Walters, R. J.; Morton, T. L.; Messenger, S. R.

    2004-01-01

    The objective is to develop an improved space solar cell radiation response analysis capability and to produce a computer modeling tool which implements the analysis. This was accomplished through analysis of solar cell flight data taken on the Microelectronics and Photonics Test Bed experiment. This effort specifically addresses issues related to rapid technological change in the area of solar cells for space applications in order to enhance system performance, decrease risk, and reduce cost for future missions.

  4. Cavitation Bubble Nucleation by Energetic Particles

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    West, C.D.

    1998-12-01

    In the early sixties, experimental measurements using a bubble chamber confirmed quantitatively the thermal spike theory of bubble nucleation by energetic particles: the energy of the slow, heavy alpha decay recoils used in those experiments matched the calculated bubble nucleation energy to within a few percent. It was a triumph, but was soon to be followed by a puzzle. Within a couple of years, experiments on similar liquids, but well below their normal boiling points, placed under tensile stress showed that the calculated bubble nucleation energy was an order of magnitude less than the recoil energy. Why should the theory work so well in the one case and so badly in the other? How did the liquid, or the recoil particle, "know" the difference between the two experiments? Another mathematical model of the same physical process, introduced in 1967, showed qualitatively why different analyses would be needed for liquids with high and low vapor pressures under positive or negative pressures. But, the quantitative agreement between the calculated nucleation energy and the recoil energy was still poor--the former being smaller by a factor of two to three. In this report, the 1967 analysis is extended and refined: the qualitative understanding of the difference between positive and negative pressure nucleation, "boiling" and "cavitation" respectively, is retained, and agreement between the negative pressure calculated to be needed for nucleation and the energy calculated to be available is much improved. A plot of the calculated negative pressure needed to induce bubble formation against the measured value now has a slope of 1.0, although there is still considerable scatter in the individual points.

  5. Results of international standard problem No. 36 severe fuel damage experiment of a VVER fuel bundle

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    International Standard Problems (ISP) organized by the OECD are defined as comparative exercises in which predictions with different computer codes for a given physical problem are compared with each other and with a carefully controlled experimental study. The main goal of ISP is to increase confidence in the validity and accuracy of analytical tools used in assessing the safety of nuclear installations. In addition, it enables the code user to gain experience and to improve his competence. This paper presents the results and assessment of ISP No. 36, which deals with the early core degradation phase during an unmitigated severe LWR accident in a Russian type VVER. Representatives of 17 organizations participated in the ISP using the codes ATHLET-CD, ICARE2, KESS-III, MELCOR, SCDAP/RELAP5 and RAPTA. Some participants performed several calculations with different codes. As experimental basis the severe fuel damage experiment CORA-W2 was selected. The main phenomena investigated are thermal behavior of fuel rods, onset of temperature escalation, material behavior and hydrogen generation. In general, the calculations give the right tendency of the experimental results for the thermal behavior, the hydrogen generation and, partly, for the material behavior. However, some calculations deviate in important quantities - e.g. some material behavior data - showing remarkable discrepancies between each other and from the experiments. The temperature history of the bundle up to the beginning of significant oxidation was calculated quite well. Deviations seem to be related to the overall heat balance. Since the material behavior of the bundle is to a great extent influenced by the cladding failure criteria a more realistic cladding failure model should be developed at least for the detailed, mechanistic codes. Regarding the material behavior and flow blockage some models for the material interaction as well as for relocation and refreezing requires further improvement

  6. Results of international standard problem No. 36 severe fuel damage experiment of a VVER fuel bundle

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    Firnhaber, M. [Gesellschaft fuer Anlagen-und Reaktorsicherheit, Koeln (Germany); Yegorova, L. [Nuclear Safety Institute of Russian Research Center, Moscow (Russian Federation); Brockmeier, U. [Ruhr-Univ. of Bochum (Germany)] [and others

    1995-09-01

    International Standard Problems (ISP) organized by the OECD are defined as comparative exercises in which predictions with different computer codes for a given physical problem are compared with each other and with a carefully controlled experimental study. The main goal of ISP is to increase confidence in the validity and accuracy of analytical tools used in assessing the safety of nuclear installations. In addition, it enables the code user to gain experience and to improve his competence. This paper presents the results and assessment of ISP No. 36, which deals with the early core degradation phase during an unmitigated severe LWR accident in a Russian type VVER. Representatives of 17 organizations participated in the ISP using the codes ATHLET-CD, ICARE2, KESS-III, MELCOR, SCDAP/RELAP5 and RAPTA. Some participants performed several calculations with different codes. As experimental basis the severe fuel damage experiment CORA-W2 was selected. The main phenomena investigated are thermal behavior of fuel rods, onset of temperature escalation, material behavior and hydrogen generation. In general, the calculations give the right tendency of the experimental results for the thermal behavior, the hydrogen generation and, partly, for the material behavior. However, some calculations deviate in important quantities - e.g. some material behavior data - showing remarkable discrepancies between each other and from the experiments. The temperature history of the bundle up to the beginning of significant oxidation was calculated quite well. Deviations seem to be related to the overall heat balance. Since the material behavior of the bundle is to a great extent influenced by the cladding failure criteria a more realistic cladding failure model should be developed at least for the detailed, mechanistic codes. Regarding the material behavior and flow blockage some models for the material interaction as well as for relocation and refreezing requires further improvement.

  7. Effect of hydrodynamic cavitation on zooplankton: A tool for disinfection

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    Sawant, S.S.; Anil, A.C.; Venkat, K.; Gaonkar, C.; Kolwalkar, J.; Khandeparker, L.; Desai, D.V.; Mahulkar, A.V.; Ranade, V.V.; Pandit, A.B.

    and that created by flowing through a cavitating element (orifice plates) on the microbes (zooplankton in sea water) is described. The experimental results are compared with modelling of cavitating conditions that includes cavity dynamics, turbulence generated...

  8. DETECTION OF CAVITATION IN CENTRIFUGAL PUMP BY VIBRATION METHODS

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    NI Yongyan; YUAN Shouqi; PAN Zhongyong; YUAN Jianping

    2008-01-01

    For the purpose of detecting the cavitation of centrifugal pump onsite and real time, the vibration signals on varied operation conditions of both cavitation and non-cavitation obtained through acceleration sensors were analyzed. When cavitation occurs, the cavities near the leading edge of the blade will appear periodic oscillating, which will induce quasi-synchronous vibration. The frequency of the quasi-synchronous vibration symmetrically appears on the two sides of the blade passing frequency, by which the cavitation incipiency can be detected. During the developing process of the cavitation, as the severe complexity of the unsteady flow, it is very difficult to detect the development of cavitation by classical analysis methods. Fractal method of Higuchi is successfully used for detecting the incipiency, fully development of cavitation and the development between them.

  9. Cavitation-induced ignition of cryogenic hydrogen-oxygen fluids

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    Osipov, V. V.; Muratov, C. B.; Ponizovskya-Devine, E.; Foygel, M.; Smelyanskiy, V. N.

    2011-01-01

    The Challenger disaster and purposeful experiments with liquid hydrogen (H2) and oxygen (Ox) tanks demonstrated that cryogenic H2/Ox fluids always self-ignite in the process of their mixing. Here we propose a cavitation-induced self-ignition mechanism that may be realized under these conditions. In one possible scenario, self-ignition is caused by the strong shock waves generated by the collapse of pure Ox vapor bubble near the surface of the Ox liquid that may initiate detonation of the gase...

  10. Lowering of the cavitation threshold in aqueous suspensions of porous silicon nanoparticles for sonodynamic therapy applications

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    A significant decrease of the cavitation threshold in aqueous suspensions of porous silicon nanoparticles (PSi NPs) with sizes about 100 nm as compared with pure water was observed for ultrasound irradiation (USI) with therapeutic frequency (0.88 MHz) and intensities (about 1 W/cm2). This effect is explained by porous morphology of PSi NPs, which promotes the nucleation of cavitation bubbles. In vitro experiments revealed a suppression of the proliferation of cancer cells with the introduced PSi NPs after exposure to USI related to the enhanced cavitation processes, which led to the cell destruction. The obtained results demonstrate that PSi NPs are prospective for applications as sonosensitizers in mild cancer therapy

  11. Lowering of the cavitation threshold in aqueous suspensions of porous silicon nanoparticles for sonodynamic therapy applications

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    Sviridov, A. P., E-mail: asagittarius89@gmail.com; Osminkina, L. A. [Faculty of Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); Nikolaev, A. L. [Faculty of Chemistry, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); Kudryavtsev, A. A. [Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Biophysics, Russian Academy of Science, 142290 Pushino, Moscow Region (Russian Federation); Vasiliev, A. N. [Faculty of Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics Department, Ural Federal University, 620002 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Timoshenko, V. Yu. [Faculty of Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); Tomsk State University, 634050 Tomsk (Russian Federation)

    2015-09-21

    A significant decrease of the cavitation threshold in aqueous suspensions of porous silicon nanoparticles (PSi NPs) with sizes about 100 nm as compared with pure water was observed for ultrasound irradiation (USI) with therapeutic frequency (0.88 MHz) and intensities (about 1 W/cm{sup 2}). This effect is explained by porous morphology of PSi NPs, which promotes the nucleation of cavitation bubbles. In vitro experiments revealed a suppression of the proliferation of cancer cells with the introduced PSi NPs after exposure to USI related to the enhanced cavitation processes, which led to the cell destruction. The obtained results demonstrate that PSi NPs are prospective for applications as sonosensitizers in mild cancer therapy.

  12. Crystallographic conditions for the initiation of cavitation erosion in CuMn11Al11 bronze

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    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The basic aim of this paper is to examine and present specific destruction processes connected with cavitation erosion of multi-component Cu-Mn-Al bronzes. In technical operational conditions these processes are ‘masked’ by the effects of electrochemical corrosion phenomena. However, these destructive processes may significantly accelerate the destruction of flow devices and marine propulsion systems. The essential phenomena occurring during these processes are incubation and propagation of brittle cracks in the planes of cleavage planes of the ordered phase β (Cu3Mn2Al that occurs in the examined group of alloys. Additional purpose is the assessment of possible applications of alloys with single-phase structure of intermetallic phases as model materials for research into erosion-cavitation resistance.Design/methodology/approach: This work presents research results concerning erosion cavitation resistance of a model alloy examined at a cavitation jet stand. The destructed areas were examined by gravimetric methods and those using scanning microscopy combined with computer image analysis. As the test materials used were single phase model alloys with the composition simulating selected phase components of Cu-Mn-Al bronzes, it was possible to examine erosion cavitation phenomena in the conditions of minimized effect of electrochemical phenomena.Findings: It has been found that at the initial period of destruction of the phase β in multi-component Mn-Al bronzes the prevailing form of destruction was a classical attack along grain boundaries, starting from the grain boundary junctions while in cases where the Cu3Mn2Al superstructure was present, the major mechanism of the incubation of erosion cavitation damage in the phase β is brittle cracking along cleavage planes {001} oriented at 45° angle to the exposed surface.Research limitations/implications: An essential problem is the verification of the results obtained using the

  13. OpenFOAM investigations of cavitation in a flushed water-jet inlet

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    Gattoronchieri, A.; Bensow, R.

    2015-12-01

    The cavitation on the lip of a flushed water-jet inlet has been simulated with a transient RANS model and the results has been validated against experiments. The k-ω SST turbulence model has been adopted together with the cavitation correction proposed by Reboud. The defined setup shows promising results and the vortex shedding has been qualitatively predicted. Moreover, the importance of the sufficient spatial resolution to capture the cavity closure and its extension has been studied and proved to be crucial.

  14. Identification of cavitation signatures using both optical and PZT acoustic sensors

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    Vidakovic, M.; Armakolas, I.; Sun, T.; Carlton, J.; Grattan, K. T. V.

    2015-09-01

    This paper presents the results obtained from monitoring a simulated material cavitation process using both a fibre Bragg grating (FBG)-based acoustic sensor system developed at City University London and a commercial PZT (Piezoelectric Transducer) acoustic sensor, with an aim to identify the cavitation signatures. In the experiment, a sample metal plate with its back surface being instrumented with both sensors is positioned very close to an excitation sonotrode with a standard frequency of 19.5kHz. The data obtained from both sensors are recorded and analyzed, showing a very good agreement.

  15. Decisive influence of the ionization strength of cosmic rays on the cavitation characteristics of pure water

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    2009-01-01

    The experiment result in this article shows that the initial and critical cavitation pressure of pure water are both increasing along with the increase of height above sea level,and the ionization strength of cosmic rays in the lower aerosphere is the crucial factor which influences the cavitation pressure of pure water.The author concludes the relationship between the cavitaion pressure of pure water and the height above sea level.Moreover,air particles in water caused by the radiation of cosmic rays can exist in the water for a long time and will not escape.

  16. Decisive influence of the ionization strength of cosmic rays on the cavitation characteristics of pure water

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    CHANG JinShi

    2009-01-01

    The experiment result in this article shows that the initial and critical cavitation pressure of pure water are both increasing along with the increase of height above sea level, and the ionization strength of cosmic rays in the lower aerosphere is the crucial factor which influences the cavitation pressure of pure water. The author concludes the relationship between the cavitaion pressure of pure water and the height above sea level. Moreover, air particles in water caused by the radiation of cosmic rays can exist in the water for a long time and will not escape.

  17. Elasticity of microscale volumes of viscoelastic soft matter by cavitation rheometry

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    Pavlovsky, Leonid; Ganesan, Mahesh; Younger, John G.; Solomon, Michael J.

    2014-01-01

    Measurement of the elastic modulus of soft, viscoelastic liquids with cavitation rheometry is demonstrated for specimens as small as 1 μl by application of elasticity theory and experiments on semi-dilute polymer solutions. Cavitation rheometry is the extraction of the elastic modulus of a material, E, by measuring the pressure necessary to create a cavity within it [J. A. Zimberlin, N. Sanabria-DeLong, G. N. Tew, and A. J. Crosby, Soft Matter 3, 763–767 (2007)]. This paper ext...

  18. High Speed Imaging of Cavitation around Dental Ultrasonic Scaler Tips

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    Vyas, Nina; Pecheva, Emilia; Dehghani, Hamid; Sammons, Rachel L; Wang, Qianxi X.; Leppinen, David M.; Walmsley, A Damien

    2016-01-01

    Cavitation occurs around dental ultrasonic scalers, which are used clinically for removing dental biofilm and calculus. However it is not known if this contributes to the cleaning process. Characterisation of the cavitation around ultrasonic scalers will assist in assessing its contribution and in developing new clinical devices for removing biofilm with cavitation. The aim is to use high speed camera imaging to quantify cavitation patterns around an ultrasonic scaler. A Satelec ultrasonic sc...

  19. Suitability research on the cavitation model and numerical simulation of the unsteady pulsed cavitation jet flow

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    Chen, S. Y.; Yu, X. F.; Luan, D. Y.; Qu, Y. P.; Zhou, C.

    2016-05-01

    In order to explore the cavitation jet mechanism, it can first study its critical state of single-phase flow before cavity occurrence to explore the trend of pulsed cavitation jet. Then select the cavitation model to simulate the complex multiphase flow state. Such a step-by-step approach is beneficial to advance research reliably and steady, relying on the foundation for further solving the problem. Three turbulence models such as Euler Hybrid Model, Euler Two Phase Model and Euler Lagrange Model are discussed on their suitability. In this paper, it states only RNG k- ε turbulent model can simulate small scale vortex of jet in the transient simulation. Grid independent verification and the effect of time step is presented. The simulation results show that a large scale vortex ring surrounding jet flow in the nozzle, the pressure of vortex core is slightly lower than the upstream nozzle pressure. Considering the capture ability of small scale eddies, an equivalent pressure is established. The single-phase flow turbulence model is modified to simulate the turbulence flow in the self-excited pulsed cavitation after the cavitation occurs. Through different results comparison of not modified cavitation model and the modified cavitation model to the experimental results, it proves that the latter simulation results are relatively accurate.

  20. Static and Transient Cavitation Threshold Measurements for Mercury

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    Moraga, F.; Taleyarkhan, R.P.

    1999-11-14

    Transient and static cavitation thresholds for mercury as a function of the cover gas (helium or air), and pressure are reported. Both static and transient cavitation onset pressure thresholds increase linearly with cover gas pressure. Additionally, the cavitation thresholds as a function of dissolved gases were also measured and are reported.

  1. Real-time two-dimensional imaging of microbubble cavitation

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    Vignon, Francois; Shi, W. T.; Powers, J. E.; Liu, J.; Drvol, L.; Lof, J.; Everbach, C.; Gao, S.; Xie, F.; Porter, T.

    2012-10-01

    Ultrasound cavitation of microbubble contrast agents has a potential for therapeutic applications, including sonothrombolysis in acute ischemic stroke. For safety, efficacy, and reproducibility of treatment, it is critical to evaluate the cavitation state (e.g. stable versus inertial forms of cavitation) and intensity in and around a treatment area. Acoustic Passive Cavitation Detectors (PCDs) have been used but do not provide spatial information. This paper presents a prototype of a 2D cavitation imager capable of producing images of the dominant cavitation state and intensity in a region of interest at a frame rate of 0.6Hz. The system is based on a modified ultrasound scanner (iE33, Philips) with a sector imaging probe (S5-1). Cavitation imaging is based on the spectral analysis of the acoustic signal radiated by the cavitating microbubbles: ultraharmonics of the excitation frequency indicate stable cavitation, while noise bands indicate inertial cavitation. The system demonstrates the capability to robustly identify stable and inertial cavitation thresholds of Definity microbubbles (Lantheus) in a vessel phantom through 3 ex-vivo human temporal bones, as well as to spatially map cavitation activities.

  2. Modeling of hydrodynamic cavitation reactors: a unified approach

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    Moholkar, V.S.; Pandit, A.B.

    2001-01-01

    An attempt has been made to present a unified theoretical model for the cavitating flow in a hydrodynamic cavitation reactor using the nonlinear continuum mixture model for two-phase flow as the basis. This model has been used to describe the radial motion of bubble in the cavitating flow in two geo

  3. High-contrast active cavitation imaging technique based on multiple bubble wavelet transform.

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    Lu, Shukuan; Xu, Shanshan; Liu, Runna; Hu, Hong; Wan, Mingxi

    2016-08-01

    In this study, a unique method that combines the ultrafast active cavitation imaging technique with multiple bubble wavelet transform (MBWT) for improving cavitation detection contrast was presented. The bubble wavelet was constructed by the modified Keller-Miksis equation that considered the mutual effect among bubbles. A three-dimensional spatial model was applied to simulate the spatial distribution of multiple bubbles. The effects of four parameters on the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of cavitation images were evaluated, including the following: initial radii of bubbles, scale factor in the wavelet transform, number of bubbles, and the minimum inter-bubble distance. And the other two spatial models and cavitation bubble size distributions were introduced in the MBWT method. The results suggested that in the free-field experiments, the averaged SNR of images acquired by the MBWT method was improved by 7.16 ± 0.09 dB and 3.14 ± 0.14 dB compared with the values of images acquired by the B-mode and single bubble wavelet transform (SBWT) methods. In addition, in the tissue experiments, the averaged cavitation-to-tissue ratio of cavitation images acquired by the MBWT method was improved by 4.69 ± 0.25 dB and 1.74± 0.29 dB compared with that of images acquired by B-mode and SBWT methods. PMID:27586732

  4. Cavitation inception by the backscattering of pressure waves from a bubble interface

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    Takahira, Hiroyuki, E-mail: takahira@me.osakafu-u.ac.jp; Ogasawara, Toshiyuki, E-mail: oga@me.osakafu-u.ac.jp; Mori, Naoto, E-mail: su101064@edu.osakafu-u.ac.jp; Tanaka, Moe [Osaka Prefecture University, 1-1 Gakuen-cho, Naka-ku, Sakai-shi, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan)

    2015-10-28

    The secondary cavitation that occurs by the backscattering of focused ultrasound from a primary cavitation bubble caused by the negative pressure part of the ultrasound (Maxwell, et al., 2011) might be useful for the energy exchange due to bubble oscillations in High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU). The present study is concerned with the cavitation inception by the backscattering of ultrasound from a bubble. In the present experiment, a laser-induced bubble which is generated by a pulsed focused laser beam with high intensity is utilized as a primary cavitation bubble. After generating the bubble, focused ultrasound is emitted to the bubble. The acoustic field and the bubble motion are observed with a high-speed video camera. It is confirmed that the secondary cavitation bubble clouds are generated by the backscattering from the laser-induced bubble. The growth of cavitation bubble clouds is analyzed with the image processing method. The experimental results show that the height and width of the bubble clouds grow in stepwise during their evolution. The direct numerical simulations are also conducted for the backscattering of incident pressure waves from a bubble in order to evaluate a pressure field near the bubble. It is shown that the ratio of a bubble collapse time t{sub 0} to a characteristic time of wave propagation t{sub S}, η = t{sub 0}/t{sub s}, is an important determinant for generating negative pressure region by backscattering. The minimum pressure location by the backscattering in simulations is in good agreement with the experiment.

  5. DNA damage on nano- and micrometer scales impacts dicentric induction: computer modelling of ion microbeam experiments

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    Friedland, Werner; Kundrat, Pavel; Schmitt, Elke

    2016-07-01

    quasi-homogenous irradiation with these particles [3]. PARTRAC calculations of initial DNA damage showed that the sub-micrometer beam focusing of the ions in these experiments affects neither DSB yields nor local DSB complexity, but considerably enhances the formation of DSB fragments of 10 - 1000 kbp size [4], corresponding to DSB pairs in about 100 - 500 nm distance. Thus, the substantial impact of ion focusing on dicentric induction points out that nanoscale DNA damage clustering can explain only partly the increased RBE of high LET radiation regarding dicentric induction. The measured trends for dicentric induction as a function of grid size (or particle number per spot) were largely reproduced by the calculated induction of total chromosomal aberrations, whereas the calculation of dicentrics yielded apparent discrepancies, such as an overestimation of the focusing effect for protons and of the yield for quasi-homogeneous lithium ions [3]. Since this incongruity was found to be rather robust against model parameter variations, a more basic review of the chromosomal aberration model with in-depth testing of several hypotheses on the origin of misrejoining events of DNA ends has been started considering the reported experimental findings. The results of ongoing parameter studies will be presented at the meeting. Acknowledgement. This work was supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Project 'LET-Verbund', Funding no. 02NUK031C). References [1] Schmid et al. 2012 Phys. Med. Biol. 57, 5889-5907 [2] Friedland et al. 2011 Mutat. Res. 711, 28-40 [3] Schmid et al. 2015 Mutat. Res. 793, 30-40 [4] Friedland et al. 2015 Radiat. Prot. Dosim. 166, 34-37

  6. MELCOR 1.8.2 assessment: The DF-4 BWR Damaged Fuel experiment

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    MELCOR is a fully integrated, engineering-level computer code being developed at Sandia National Laboratories for the USNRC, that models the entire spectrum of severe accident phenomena in a unified framework for both BWRs and PWRs. As a part of an ongoing assessment, program, MELCOR has been used to model the ACRR in-pile DF-4 Damaged Fuel experiment. DF-4 provided data for early phase melt progression in BWR fuel assemblies, particularly for phenomena associated with eutectic interactions in the BWR control blade and zircaloy oxidation in the canister and cladding. MELCOR provided good agreement with experimental data in the key areas of eutectic material behavior and canister and cladding oxidation. Several shortcomings associated with the MELCOR modeling of BWR geometries were found and corrected. Twenty-five sensitivity studies were performed on COR, HS and CVH parameters. These studies showed that the new MELCOR eutectics model played an important role in predicting control blade behavior. These studies revealed slight time step dependence and no machine dependencies. Comparisons made with the results from four best-estimate codes showed that MELCOR did as well as these codes in matching DF-4 experimental data

  7. Size-effects on cavitation instabilities

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    Niordson, Christian Frithiof; Tvergaard, Viggo

    2005-01-01

    growth is here analyzed for such cases. A finite strain generalization of a higher order strain gradient plasticity theory is applied for a power-law hardening material, and the numerical analyses are carried out for an axisymmetric unit cell containing a spherical void. In the range of high stress......In metal-ceramic systems the constraint on plastic flow leads to so high stress triaxialities that cavitation instabilities may occur. If the void radius is on the order of magnitude of a characteristic length for the metal, the rate of void growth is reduced, and the possibility of unstable cavity...... triaxiality, where cavitation instabilities are predicted by conventional plasticity theory, such instabilities are also found for the nonlocal theory, but the effects of gradient hardening delay the onset of the instability. Furthermore, in some cases the cavitation stress reaches a maximum and then decays...

  8. Analogy between fluid cavitation and fracture mechanics

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    Hendricks, R. C.; Mullen, R. L.; Braun, M. J.

    1983-01-01

    When the stresses imposed on a fluid are sufficiently large, rupture or cavitation can occur. Such conditions can exist in many two-phase flow applications, such as the choked flows, which can occur in seals and bearings. Nonspherical bubbles with large aspect ratios have been observed in fluids under rapid acceleration and high shear fields. These bubbles are geometrically similar to fracture surface patterns (Griffith crack model) existing in solids. Analogies between crack growth in solid and fluid cavitation are proposed and supported by analysis and observation (photographs). Healing phenomena (void condensation), well accepted in fluid mechanics, have been observed in some polymers and hypothesized in solid mechanics. By drawing on the strengths of the theories of solid mechanics and cavitation, a more complete unified theory can be developed.

  9. Modelling vaporous cavitation on fluid transients

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    Shu, Jian-Jun

    2014-01-01

    A comprehensive study of the problem of modelling vaporous cavitation in transmission lines is presented. The two-phase homogeneous equilibrium vaporous cavitation model which has been developed is compared with the conventional column separation model. The latter predicts unrealistically high pressure spikes because of a conflict arising from the prediction of negative cavity sizes if the pressure is not permitted to fall below the vapour pressure, or the prediction of negative absolute pressures if the cavity size remains positive. This is verified by a comparison of predictions with previously published experimental results on upstream, midstream and downstream cavitation. The new model has been extended to include frequency-dependent friction. The characteristics predicted by the frequency-dependent friction model show close correspondence with experimental data.

  10. Micro-mechanics based damage mechanics for 3D Orthogonal Woven Composites: Experiment and Numerical Modelling

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    Saleh, Mohamed Nasr

    2016-01-08

    Damage initiation and evolution of three-dimensional (3D) orthogonal woven carbon fibre composite (3DOWC) is investigated experimentally and numerically. Meso-scale homogenisation of the representative volume element (RVE) is utilised to predict the elastic properties, simulate damage initiation and evolution when loaded in tension. The effect of intra-yarns transverse cracking and shear diffused damage on the in-plane transverse modulus and shear modulus is investigated while one failure criterion is introduced to simulate the matrix damage. The proposed model is based on two major assumptions. First, the effect of the binder yarns, on the in-plane properties, is neglected, so the 3DOWC unit cell can be approximated as a (0o/90o) cross-ply laminate. Second, a micro-mechanics based damage approach is used at the meso-scale, so damage indicators can be correlated, explicitly, to the density of cracks within the material. Results from the simulated RVE are validated against experimental results along the warp (0o direction) and weft (90o direction). This approach paves the road for more predictive models as damage evolution laws are obtained from micro mechanical considerations and rely on few well-defined material parameters. This largely differs from classical damage mechanics approaches in which the evolution law is obtained by retrofitting experimental observations.

  11. Cavitation Inception in Immersed Jet Shear Flows

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    Lockett, R. D.; Ndamuso, N.; Price, R.

    2015-12-01

    Cavitation inception occurring in immersed jets was investigated in a purpose-built mechanical flow rig. The rig utilized custom-built cylindrical and conical nozzles to direct high-velocity jets of variable concentration n-octane-hexadecane mixtures into a fused silica optically accessible receiver. The fluid pressure upstream and down-stream of the nozzles were manually controlled. The study employed a variety of acrylic and metal nozzles. The results show that the critical upstream pressure to downstream pressure ratio for incipient cavitation decreases with increasing n-octane concentration for the cylindrical nozzles, and increases with increasing n-octane concentration for the conical nozzle.

  12. CAVITATION BIFURCATION FOR COMPRESSIBLE ANISOTROPIC HYPERELASTIC MATERIALS

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    ChengChangjun; RenJiusheng

    2004-01-01

    The effect of material anisotropy on the bifurcation for void tormation in anisotropic compressible hyperelastic materials is examined. Numerical solutions are obtained in an anisotropic sphere, whose material is transversely isotropic in the radial direction. It is shown that the bifurcation may occur either to the right or to the left, depending on the degree of material anisotropy. The deformation and stress contribution in the sphere before cavitation are different from those after cavitation. The stability of solutions is discussed through a comparison of energy.

  13. Visual scoring of non-cavitated caries lesions and clinical trial efficiency, testing xylitol in caries active adults

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    Brown, JP; Amaechi, BT; Bader, JD; Gilbert, GH; Makhija, SK; Lozano-Pineda, J; Leo, MC; Chuhe, C; Vollmer, WM

    2013-01-01

    Objectives To better understand the effectiveness of xylitol in caries prevention in adults, and to attempt improved clinical trial efficiency. Methods As part of the Xylitol for Adult Caries Trial (X-ACT), non-cavitated and cavitated caries lesions were assessed in subjects who were experiencing the disease. The trial was a test of the effectiveness of 5 grams/day of xylitol, consumed by dissolving in the mouth five 1 gram lozenges spaced across each day, compared with a sucralose placebo. For this analysis, seeking trial efficiency, 538 subjects aged 21–80, with complete data for four dental examinations were selected from the 691 randomized into the three year trial, conducted at three sites. Acceptable inter and intra examiner reliability before and during the trial was quantified using the kappa statistic. Results The mean annualized non-cavitated plus cavitated lesion transition scores in coronal and root surfaces, from sound to carious favoured xylitol over placebo, during the three cumulative periods of 12, 24, and 33 months, but these clinically and statistically non-significant differences declined in magnitude over time. Restricting the present assessment to those subjects with a higher baseline lifetime caries experience showed possible but inconsistent benefit. Conclusions There was no clear and clinically relevant preventive effect of xylitol on caries in adults with adequate fluoride exposure when non-cavitated plus cavitated lesions were assessed. This conformed to the X-ACT trial result assessing cavitated lesions. Including non-cavitated lesion assessment in this full scale, placebo controlled, multi site, randomized, double blinded clinical trial in adults experiencing dental caries, did not achieve added trial efficiency or demonstrate practical benefit of xylitol. Trial Registration ClinicalTrials.Gov NCT00393055 PMID:24205951

  14. Analysis of high resolution scatter images from laser damage experiments performed on KDP

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    Interest in producing high damage threshold KH2PO4 (KDP) and (DxH1-x)2PO4 (KD*P, DKDP) for optical switching and frequency conversion applications is being driven by the system requirements for the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL). Historically, the path to achieving higher damage thresholds has been to improve the purity of crystal growth solutions. Application of advanced filtration technology has increased the damage threshold, but gives little insight into the actual mechanisms of laser damage. We have developed a laser scatter diagnostic to better study bulk defects and laser damage mechanisms in KDP and KD*P crystals. This diagnostic consists of a cavity doubled, kilohertz class, Nd:YLF laser (527 nm) and high dynamic range CCD camera which allows imaging of bulk scatter signals. With it, we have performed damage tests at 355 nm on four different open-quotes vintagesclose quotes of KDP crystals, concentrating on crystals produced via fast growth methods. We compare the diagnostic's resolution to LLNL's standard damage detection method of 100X darkfield microscopy and discuss its impact on damage threshold determination. We have observed the disappearance of scatter sites upon exposure to subthreshold irradiation. In contrast, we have seen scatterers appear where none previously existed. This includes isolated, large (high signal) sites as well as multiple small scatter sites which appear at fluences above 7 J/cm2 (fine tracking). However, we have not observed a strong correlation of preexisting scatter sites and laser damage sites. We speculate on the connection between the laser-induced disappearance of scatter sites and the observed increase in damage threshold with laser conditioning

  15. Towards a reference cavitating vessel Part III—design and acoustic pressure characterization of a multi-frequency sonoreactor

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    Wang, Lian; Memoli, Gianluca; Hodnett, Mark; Butterworth, Ian; Sarno, Dan; Zeqiri, Bajram

    2015-08-01

    A multi-frequency cavitation vessel (RV-multi) has been commissioned at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL, UK), with the aim of establishing a standard source of acoustic cavitation in water, with reference to which details of the cavitation process can be studied and cavitation measurement techniques evaluated. The vessel is a cylindrical cavity with a maximum capacity up to 17 L, and is designed to work at six frequency ranges, from 21 kHz to 136 kHz, under controlled temperature conditions. This paper discusses the design of RV-multi and reports experiments carried out to establish the reproducibility of the acoustic pressure field established within the vessel and its operating envelope, including sensitivity to aspects such as water depth and temperature. The acoustic field distribution was determined along the radial and depth directions within the vessel using a miniature hydrophone, for two input voltage levels under low power transducer excitation conditions (e.g. below the cavitation threshold). Particular care was taken in determining peak acoustic pressure locations, as these are critical for accompanying cavitation studies. Perturbations of the vessel by the measuring hydrophone were also monitored with a bottom-mounted pressure sensor.

  16. Effect of cavitation on comminution of mica powder

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    2002-01-01

    The cavitation abrasive water jet was used in the comminution of mica. By applying a cavitation nozzle in the abrasive water jet system to enhance the effect of cavitation and friction, better comminution results were obtained. The JME-200CX transmission electron microscope was used for observing the size distribution of particles. As using cavitation abrasive water jet, the relative comminution effect is raised by more than 25% compared with using abrasive water jet only. Itcan be concluded that the effect of cavitation is much more significant than that of impacting in the comminution of mica.

  17. Effect of cavitation on comminution of mica powder

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    ChuwenGuo; LinshengLiu; 等

    2002-01-01

    The cavitation abrasive water jet was used in the comminution of mica.By applying a cavitation nozzle in the abrasive water jet system to enhance the effect of cavitation and friction,better comminution results were obtained.The JME-200CX transmission electron microscope was used for observing the size distribution of particles.As using cavitation abrasive water jet,the relative comminution effect is raised by more than 25% compared with using abrasive water jet oly.It can be concluded that the effect of cavitation is much more significant than that of impacting in the comminution of mica.

  18. Assessment of Cavitation-Erosion Resistance of 316LN Stainless Steel Following a Nitro-Carburizing Surface Treatment

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    Pawel, Steven J [ORNL

    2009-11-01

    A nitro-carburizing surface treatment known domestically as the Melonite process was applied to type 316LN stainless steel test pieces and exposed to sonication conditions in mercury using a vibratory horn technique. Cavitation-erosion damage was evaluated for extended exposures and compared to other surface treatments on the same substrate alloy. The results indicate that the Melonite process substantially retards weight loss and crater development for extended periods, but gradually is eroded/destroyed leading to exposure of the substrate and cavitation-erosion behavior similar to untreated specimens. Compared with other surface treatments, cavitation-erosion results indicate that specimens treated with Melonite perform similarly to specimens treated with a simple nitriding process. Neither the simple nitriding nor the Melonite treatment is quite as effective as a previously evaluated low temperature carburizing treatment, the latter being about a factor of three better than Melonite in terms of weight loss during sonication in mercury.

  19. Prevention of Pressure Oscillations in Modeling a Cavitating Acoustic Fluid

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Cavitation effects play an important role in the UNDEX loading of a structure. For far-field UNDEX, the structural loading is affected by the formation of local and bulk cavitation regions, and the pressure pulses resulting from the closure of the cavitation regions. A common approach to numerically modeling cavitation in far-field underwater explosions is Cavitating Acoustic Finite Elements (CAFE and more recently Cavitating Acoustic Spectral Elements (CASE. Treatment of cavitation in this manner causes spurious pressure oscillations which must be treated by a numerical damping scheme. The focus of this paper is to investigate the severity of these oscillations on the structural response and a possible improvement to CAFE, based on the original Boris and Book Flux-Corrected Transport algorithm on structured meshes [6], to limit oscillations without the energy loss associated with the current damping schemes.

  20. Validation of full cavitation model in cryogenic fluids

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    CAO XiaoLi; ZHANG XiaoBin; QIU LiMin; GAN ZhiHua

    2009-01-01

    Numerical simulation of cavitation in cryogenic fluids is important in improving the stable operation of he propulsion system in liquid-fuel rocket. It also represents a broader class of problems where the fluid is operating close to its critical point and the thermal effects of cavitation are pronounced. The present article focuses on simulating cryogenic cavitation by implementing the "full cavitation model", coupled with energy equation, in conjunction with iteraUve update of the real fluid properties at local temperatures. Steady state computations are then conducted on hydrofoil and ogive in liquid nitrogen and hydrogen respectively, based on which we explore the mechanism of cavitation with thermal ef-fects. Comprehensive comparisons between the simulation results and experimental data as well as previous computations by other researchers validate the full cavitation model in cryogenic fluids. The sensitivity of cavity length to cavitation number is also examined.

  1. Numerical study of cavitation flows inside a tubular pumping station

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    Based on RNG k−ε turbulence model and the full cavitation model, the cavitation flows inside a low-head tubular-pump model were predicted by using the FLUENT software. For a operating case of given flow rate, cavitation happens near the inlet on the suction surfaces of the impeller blades at the initial cavitating stage, and the cavitating area spreads to the impeller passage and hub as NPSH (net positive suction head) decreases, which will affect energy transformation. For various operating cases of cavitation flows at the given flow rates, the predicted velocity and pressure distributions as well as the vapor volumetric fraction are systematically analyzed. Finally, the cavitation performance curve of the tubular-pump model is obtained by means of the further post-processing. All the comparisons and analysis can be further employed to optimize the hydraulic and structural design of the tubular pump and to guide its safe operation.

  2. Preliminary results of UO2/Zircaloy-4 experiments under severe fuel damage conditions

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    Chemical interactions between UO2 fuel and Zircaloy-4 cladding up to the melting point of zircaloy are described. Out-of-pile UO2/zircaloy reaction experiments have been performed to investigate the chemical interaction behavior under possible severe fuel damage conditions (very high temperatures and external overpressure). The tests have been conducted in inert gas (2 to 80 bar) with 10-cm long zircaloy cladding specimens filled with UO2 pellets. The annealing period varied between 1 and 150 minutes. The extent of the chemical reaction depends decisively on whether or not good contact between UO2 and zircaloy has been established. If solid contact exists, zircaloy reduces the UO2 to form oxygen-stabilized α-Zr(O) and uranium metal. The uranium reacts with zircaloy to form a (U,Zr) alloy rich in uranium. The (U,Zr) alloy, which is liquid above 1200 deg. C, lies between two α-Zr(O) layers. The UO2/zircaloy reaction obeys a parabolic rate law. The degree of the chemical interaction is determined by the extent of oxygen diffusion into the cladding, and hence by the time and temperature. The extent of oxygen diffusion into the cladding can be estimated by measuring the reaction layer thicknesses. Preliminary test results show good agreement with previous results at temperatures below 1500 deg. C. At higher temperatures and/or longer times, the parabolic dependence of the reaction layer thicknesses on time changes as the cladding becomes saturated with oxygen. The affinity of zirconium for oxygen, which results in an oxygen gradient across the cladding, is the driving force for the reaction. When oxygen-stabilized α-Zr(O) forms across the entire cladding wall, the oxygen gradient begins to level off, and the (U,Zr) alloy layer begins to disperse. The mechanical integrity of the oxidized specimens is quite low. On cooldown or during posttest handling, the highly embrittled specimens break into many pieces. The experiment results are used to model the UO2/zircaloy

  3. Indentation experiments and simulation of ovine bone using a viscoelastic-plastic damage model

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    Zhao, Yang; Wu, Ziheng; Turner, Simon; MacLeay, Jennifer; Niebur, Glen L.; Ovaert, Timothy C.

    2011-01-01

    Indentation methods have been widely used to study bone at the micro- and nanoscales. It has been shown that bone exhibits viscoelastic behavior with permanent deformation during indentation. At the same time, damage due to microcracks is induced due to the stresses beneath the indenter tip. In this work, a simplified viscoelastic-plastic damage model was developed to more closely simulate indentation creep data, and the effect of the model parameters on the indentation curve was investigated...

  4. Cavitation and multiphase flow forum - 1987

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    These proceedings collect papers on cavitation phenomena. Topics include: multiphase flow, the two-phase water hammer in a nuclear power plant, phase separation of dispersed annular flow, liquid films, shock waves propagating through two-phase magnetic fluid, venturimeters, gas-particle flows, particle-wall interactions, and the evaluation of wear in centrifugal slurry pumps

  5. Laser surface modification of stainless steels for cavitation erosion resistance

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    Kwok, Chi Tat

    1999-12-01

    Austenitic stainless steel UNS S31603 (Fe -17.6Cr -11.2Ni -2.5Mo -1.4Mn -0.4Si -0.03C) has higher pitting corrosion resistance but lower cavitation erosion resistance than that of UNS S30400. This is because of its lower tendency for strain induced martensitic transformation and higher stacking fault energy as compared with those of UNS S30400. In order to improve its cavitation erosion resistance, surface modification of S31603 was performed by laser surface melting and laser surface alloying using a 2-kW CW Nd-YAG laser and a 3-kW CW CO2 laser. For laser surface melting, austenitic stainless steel UNS S30400, super duplex stainless steel UNS S32760 and martensitic stainless steel UNS S42000 were also investigated for comparison purpose. For laser surface alloying, alloying materials including various elements (Co, Cr, Ni, Mo, Mn, Si & C), alloys (AlSiFe & NiCrSiB), ceramics (Si3N 4, SiC, Cr3C2, TiC, CrB & Cr2O 3) and alloys-ceramics (Co-WC, Ni-WC, Ni-Al2O3, Ni-Cr2C3) were used to modify the surface of S31603. The alloyed surface was achieved first by flame spraying or pre-placing of the alloy powder on the S31603 surface and then followed by laser surface remelting. The cavitation erosion characteristics of laser surface modified specimens in 3.5% NaCl solution at 23°C were studied by means of a 20-kHz ultrasonic vibrator at a peak-to-peak amplitude of 30 mum. In addition, their pitting corrosion behaviour was evaluated by electrochemical techniques. The microstructures, compositions, phase changes and damage mechanisms under cavitation erosion were investigated by optical microscopy, SEM, EDAX and X-ray diffractometry. Mechanical properties such as microhardness profile were also examined. The cavitation erosion resistance Re (reciprocal of the mean depth of penetration rate) of laser surface melted S31603 was found to be improved by 22% and was attributed to the existence of tensile residual stress. Improvement on the Re of S42000 was found to be 8.5 times

  6. Precision control of lesions by high-intensity focused ultrasound cavitation-based histotripsy through varying pulse duration.

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    Xu, Jin; Bigelow, Timothy A; Nagaraju, Ravindra

    2013-07-01

    The goal of this experimental study was to explore the feasibility of acquiring controllable precision through varying pulse duration for lesions generated by cavitation-based histotripsy. Histotripsy uses high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) at low duty factor to create energetic bubble clouds inside tissue to liquefy a region. It uses cavitation-mediated mechanical effects while minimizing heating, and has the advantages of real-time monitoring and lesion fidelity to treatment planning. In our study, histotripsy was applied to three groups of tissue-mimicking agar samples of different stiffnesses (29.4 ± 5.3, 44.8 ± 5.9, and 66.4 ± 7.1 kPa). B-mode imaging was used first to quantify bubble cluster dimensions in both water and agar. Then, a 4.5-mm-wide square (lateral to the focal plane) was scanned in a raster pattern with a step size of 0.75 mm in agar histotripsy experiments to estimate equivalent bubble cluster dimensions based on the histotripsyinduced damage. The 15-s exposure at each treatment location comprised 5000 sine-wave tone bursts at a spatial-peak pulseaverage intensity of 41.1 kW/cm2, with peak compressional and rarefactional pressures of 102 and 17 MPa, respectively. The results showed that bubble cluster width and length increased with pulse duration and decreased with agar stiffness. Therefore, a significant improvement in histotripsy precision could be achieved by reducing the pulse duration. PMID:25004507

  7. Cavitation erosion - corrosion behaviour of ASTM A27 runner steel in natural river water

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    Cavitation erosion is still one of the most important degradation modes in hydraulic turbine runners. Part of researches in this field focuses on finding new materials, coatings and surface treatments to improve the resistance properties of runners to this phenomenon. However, only few studies are focused on the deleterious effect of the environment. Actually, in some cases a synergistic effect between cavitation erosion mechanisms and corrosion kinetics can establish and increase erosion rate. In the present study, the cavitation erosion-corrosion behaviour of ASTM A27 steel in natural river water is investigated. This paper state the approach which has been used to enlighten the synergy between both phenomena. For this, a 20 kHz vibratory test according ASTM G32 standard is coupled to an electrochemical cell to be able to follow the different corrosion parameters during the tests to get evidence of the damaging mechanism. Moreover, mass losses have been followed during the exposure time. The classical degradation parameters (cumulative weight loss and erosion rate) are determined. Furthermore, a particular effort has been implemented to determine the evolution of surface damages in terms of pitting, surface cracking, material removal and surface corrosion. For this, scanning electron microscopy has been used to link the microstructure to the material removal mechanisms

  8. Damaged Spent Nuclear Fuel at U.S. DOE Facilities Experience and Lessons Learned

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    Brett W. Carlsen; Eric Woolstenhulme; Roger McCormack

    2005-11-01

    From a handling perspective, any spent nuclear fuel (SNF) that has lost its original technical and functional design capabilities with regard to handling and confinement can be considered as damaged. Some SNF was damaged as a result of experimental activities and destructive examinations; incidents during packaging, handling, and transportation; or degradation that has occurred during storage. Some SNF was mechanically destroyed to protect proprietary SNF designs. Examples of damage to the SNF include failed cladding, failed fuel meat, sectioned test specimens, partially reprocessed SNFs, over-heated elements, dismantled assemblies, and assemblies with lifting fixtures removed. In spite of the challenges involved with handling and storage of damaged SNF, the SNF has been safely handled and stored for many years at DOE storage facilities. This report summarizes a variety of challenges encountered at DOE facilities during interim storage and handling operations along with strategies and solutions that are planned or were implemented to ameliorate those challenges. A discussion of proposed paths forward for moving damaged and nondamaged SNF from interim storage to final disposition in the geologic repository is also presented.

  9. Combating wind erosion of sandy soils and crop damage in the coastal deserts: Wind tunnel experiments

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    Genis, Arthur; Vulfson, Leonid; Ben-Asher, Jiftah

    2013-06-01

    In the western Negev desert of Israel frequent sandstorms cause heavy damage to young lettuce, carrot, peanut and potato plants during the planting season. The damage of plants is based mainly on the mechanical impact of saltating sand particles, which causes irreversible injuries to the plant leaves. Current agro-technique measures taken to prevent wind damage to crop in Israel are based on high frequency irrigation. Although the high-frequency irrigation helps bind soil particles together by forming a soil crust, it is associated with the large waste of water, which is not practical under the arid conditions. Application of polyacrylamide (PAM) as a chemical stabilizer has proved to be effective for prevention of soil erosion, saving irrigation water and a stable growth of plants in the early stages. Although the technique of PAM application is not yet used commercially in Israel, the preliminary studies suggested that it might have the potential to reduce the damage to the plant leaves by sandstorms, providing both environmental and agricultural benefits. In this study the effectiveness of PAM for preventing sandstorms in the western Negev was also investigated. Optimal concentration and volume of PAM solution per hectare of bare sandy soil were determined. For this purpose a wind tunnel was used to determine wind velocities of the first and continuous detachment of particles. The ability of PAM application to minimize the damage of plants by sandstorms was experimentally verified using image analysis tools.

  10. Intensification of biogas production using pretreatment based on hydrodynamic cavitation.

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    Patil, Pankaj N; Gogate, Parag R; Csoka, Levente; Dregelyi-Kiss, Agota; Horvath, Miklos

    2016-05-01

    The present work investigates the application of hydrodynamic cavitation (HC) for the pretreatment of wheat straw with an objective of enhancing the biogas production. The hydrodynamic cavitation reactor is based on a stator and rotor assembly. The effect of three different speeds of rotor (2300, 2500, 2700 rpm), wheat straw to water ratios (0.5%, 1% and 1.5% wt/wt) and also treatment times as 2, 4 and 6 min have been investigated in the work using the design of experiments (DOE) approach. It was observed that the methane yield of 31.8 ml was obtained with untreated wheat straw whereas 77.9 ml was obtained with HC pre-treated wheat straw confirming the favourable changes during the pre-treatment. The combined pre-treatment using KOH and HC gave maximum yield of biogas as 172.3 ml. Overall, it has been established that significant enhancement in the biogas production can be obtained due to the pretreatment using HC which can also be further intensified by combination with chemical treatment. PMID:26639635

  11. Detection of cavitation with directional microphones placed outside piping

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    Highlights: ► The frequency characteristics of cavitation noise were different for each cavitation state. ► RMS ratio of the cavitation noises downstream and upstream from an orifice increased according to development of the cavitation state, and these characteristics became clearer using the directional microphones. ► This method could judge the developed cavitation state which caused erosion. - Abstract: In this paper, to detect cavitation occurrence, we carried out cavitation noise measurements using directional microphones, and evaluated the flow-directional distribution of noises and frequency characteristics. Then we compared the RMS (root mean square) values of the directional microphone outputs obtained upstream and downstream from an orifice, and confirmed that the microphone output RMS ratio upstream and downstream from the orifice changed according to the cavitation states. Microphones had much lower sensitivity than accelerometers, but greater improvement of sensitivity was obtained by directional microphones rather with non-directional microphones. To use the microphone output RMS ratio upstream and downstream from the orifice, measurements are needed at plural locations, but a data base to judge cavitation stages is not required and the ratio could be applied to detect cavitation phenomena in an operating plant.

  12. Physics-based damage predictions for simulating testing and evaluation (T and E) experiments

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    Addessio, F.L.; Schraad, M.W.; Lewis, M.W.

    1999-03-01

    This is the final report of a two-year, Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). This report addresses the need to develop computational techniques and physics-based material models for simulating damage to weapons systems resulting from ballistic threats. Modern weapons systems, such as fighter aircraft, are becoming more dependent upon composite materials to reduce weight, to increase strength and stiffness, and to resist adverse conditions resulting from high temperatures and corrosion. Unfortunately, damaged components can have severe and detrimental effects, as evidenced by statistics from Desert Storm indicating that 75% of aircraft losses were attributable to fuel system vulnerability with hydrodynamic ram being the primary kill mechanism. Therefore, this project addresses damage predictions for composite systems that are subjected to ballistic threats involving hydrodynamic ram. A computational technique for simulating fluid-solid interaction phenomena and physics-based material models have been developed for this purpose.

  13. Dosimetry experiment 'Dompac'. Neutronic simulation of the thickness of a PWR pressure vessel. Irradiation damage characterization

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    For suitable extrapolation of irradiated PWR ferritic steel results, proper irradiation of the pressure vessel has been 'simulated' in test reactor. For this purpose, a huge steel block (20 cm in depth) was loaded with Saclay's graphite (GAMIN) and tungsten damage detectors. Core-block water gap was optimized through spectrum indexes method, by ANISN and SABINE codes so that spectrum in 1/4 thickness matches with ANISN computations for PWR Fessenheim 1. A good experimental agreement is found with calculated dpa damage gradient. 3D Monte Carlo computation (TRIPOLI) was performed on the DOMPAC device, and spectrum indexes evolution was found consistent with experimental results. Surveillance rigs behind a 'thermal shield' were also simulated, including damage and activation monitors. Dosimetry results give an order of magnitude of accuracies involved in projecting steel sample embrittlement to the pressure vessel

  14. Increased fragmentation efficiency by enhancement of cavitation for extracorporal shock wave lithotripsy

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    The non-invasive disintegration of kidney stones using shock waves, referred to as extracorporal shock wave lithotripsy, has been successful for more than twenty years in treating patients having renal and ureteral stones. Two modified shock wave generators are described in this article. The novel systems produce two similar shock waves (tandem shock waves) generated with a short time delay. The second shock wave arrives during collapse of the bubbles generated in the neighborhood of the stone due to the first shock wave. This may increase cavitation bubble collapse and could enhance cavitation-induced damage to kidney stones during shock wave lithotripsy. In vitro comparison of standard systems with the new designs showed that fragmentation efficiency of artificial kidney stones was significantly enhanced using tandem shock waves. (orig.)

  15. Additional evidence of nuclear emissions during acoustic cavitation.

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    Taleyarkhan, R P; Cho, J S; West, C D; Lahey, R T; Nigmatulin, R I; Block, R C

    2004-03-01

    Time spectra of neutron and sonoluminescence emissions were measured in cavitation experiments with chilled deuterated acetone. Statistically significant neutron and gamma ray emissions were measured with a calibrated liquid-scintillation detector, and sonoluminescence emissions were measured with a photomultiplier tube. The neutron and sonoluminescence emissions were found to be time correlated over the time of significant bubble cluster dynamics. The neutron emission energy was less than 2.5 MeV and the neutron emission rate was up to approximately 4 x 10(5) n/s. Measurements of tritium production were also performed and these data implied a neutron emission rate due to D-D fusion which agreed with what was measured. In contrast, control experiments using normal acetone did not result in statistically significant tritium activity, or neutron or gamma ray emissions. PMID:15089363

  16. Enhanced acoustic cavitation following laser-induced bubble formation : long-term memory effect

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    Yavaṣ, Oğuz; Leiderer, Paul; Park, Hee K.; Grigoropoulos, Costas P.; Poon, Chie C.; Tam, Andrew C.

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    The enhancement of acoustic caviation at a liquid-solid interface following laser-induced bubble formation is studied. The experiment results indicate that metastable ultramicroscopic bubbles formed on the solid surface cause a long-term memory effect on acoustic cavitation. By performing a double-pulse experiment using two excimer lasers, the temporal decay of this memory effect is determined for two different liquids on a chromium surface. An explanation of the observed decay mode by a ...

  17. Damage Process in Al-Alloy Specimens: XRDD Experiment and Numerical Simulation

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    Korouš, Jan; Vavřík, Daniel; Jakůbek, J.; Pospíšil, Stanislav

    Stockholm : Universitetsservice US AB, 2004, s. 200. [The 15th European Conference of Fracture. Stockholm (DZ), 11.08.2004-13.08.2004] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2071913 Keywords : damage * GTN model * X-ray Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  18. Numerical analysis for causes of cavitation fracture working condition on centrifugal pump

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    In order to research the flow-head curve plunge caused by the cavitation of centrifugal pump, the standard k-ε turbulence model, homogeneous multiphase model and Rayleigh-Plesset equation were applied to simulate the cavitation characteristics in a centrifugal pump with specific speed of 59 under different conditions based on ANSYS CFX software. The results show that the numerical simulation result has the same trend with experiment result, and absolute error is 0.02%. The analysis of flow field shows that: the steep fall of flow-head curve is not only caused by the traditional cavitation, but also mainly caused by the Vortex loss. As the empty bubble in the passageway increases to some degree, the liquid boundary layer separation happened, then vortex appears and vortex losses. While the vortex appears originally, it has an impact on the flow-head curve. When the bubble becomes more and the whole passageway is full of vortex, cavitation fault condition happens. It reveals the vapor-liquid tow-phase flow distribution within the centrifugal pump. (authors)

  19. Experimental study on the onset of cavitation induced by an impact

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    Kiyama, Akihito; Kurihara, Chihiro; Tagawa, Yoshiyuki

    2015-11-01

    We study reasonable expression for predicting the onset of cavitation induced by an impact experimentally. A liquid-filled test tube is dropped and impacts a floor, followed by the emergence of cavitation bubbles inside a liquid. As floor materials, a metal and a resin are chosen. As a wetting liquid, gas-saturated silicone oil was used. Experiments are conducted at room temperature. The condition for cavitation occurrence for a resin floor cannot be described by the typical velocity measured by high-speed imaging, temporal resolution and spatial resolution of which are respectively O(10) μs and O(100) μm. We investigate sudden acceleration at the impact using an accelerometer. Its temporal resolution is O(1) ns, much smaller than that of high-speed imaging. The time history of acceleration for the resin floor is more moderate and peak acceleration is smaller than that for the metal floor. Based on these findings, we discuss the reasonable description of the criterion for the onset of cavitation bubbles, applicable for various floors. JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 26709007.

  20. An investigation of transient nature of the cavitating flow in injector nozzles

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    In diesel engines, the cavitating flow in nozzles greatly affects the fuel atomization characteristics and then the subsequent combustion and exhaust emissions. In this paper, with the needle lift curve on the basis of injection rate experimental data, a moving mesh generation strategy was applied for 3D simulation of the nozzle cavitating flow. Based on the third-generation synchrotrons of Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation facility (SSRF), a high-precision three-dimension structure of testing nozzle with detailed internal geometry information was obtained using X-ray radiography for a more accurate simulation. A flow visualization experiment system with a transparent scaled-up vertical multi-hole injector nozzle tip was setup. The experimental data was obtained to make a comparison to validate the calculated results and good qualitative agreement was shown between them. Afterward, the effects of needle movement on development of the cavitating flow and flow characteristics parameters were investigated. Finally, the influence of fuel temperature on development of the cavitating flow was also studied. Research of the flow characteristics for the diesel and biodiesel revealed that the flow characteristics of the biodiesel with a temperature rise of between 50 K and 60 K in injector nozzles will be similar to those of the diesel fuel. -- Highlights: ► The detailed geometry information was obtained using X-ray radiography. ► A visualization experiment system was setup for validating the numerical models. ► The detailed cavitating flow in nozzles can be gotten with a moving mesh. ► The flow characteristics between the diesel and biodiesel fuel are investigated

  1. Sound measurements to detect cavitation phenomena in reactor coolant pumps

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    As the early detection of cavitation phenomena in pumps of coolant circuits by monitoring the hydraulic data of the pumps is not possible, and as an analysis of the sonic signals stimulated at the pump by cavitation is complicated by the interference of the pump-inherent noise spectrum, the analyses are first carried out on a special cavitation pipe section and are then compared with measurement on a pump. For sound sensors a quartz crystal diaphragm pressure sensor and a piezo-ceramic sensor with sound conductor are used. In order to be able to record the cavitation phenomena at the same time visually and by measurement the testing device and the pump consisted of acrylic glass resp. glass. Characteristic power density spectra as a function of the cavitation number of the cavitation charge until void formation are given. (ORU)

  2. URANS COMPUTATION OF CAVITATING FLOWS AROUND SKEWED PROPELLERS

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    LIU Yan; ZHAO Peng-fei; WANG Qiang; CHEN Zhao-hui

    2012-01-01

    Cavitating flows around skewed propellers are investigated numerically by means of the unsteady Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) Equation method.The standard k-ε turbulence and the modified Z-G-B cavitation models are employed.A measured nominal wake is used for the inlet velocity boundary condition.Predicted cavitating evolution processes and tip cavity patterns are compared with experimental observations.In addition,the influence of the skew angles on the cavitation and unsteadiness performances of propellers operating in a non-uniform wake is also studied Results show that the modified Z-G-B cavitation model performs better to simulate the cavitating flow cases studied in this paper.Comparisons demonstrate that the skewed propeller with a skew angle of 20° is the best choice for a given stern wake with a assigned thrust and the minimum force fluctuations.

  3. Negative capillary-pressure-induced cavitation probability in nanochannels

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    The capillarity-induced negative pressure of water flow has been investigated in nanochannels of a rectangular cross section by using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation. As a consequent effect of negative pressure, the cavitation probability has been analyzed numerically. The numerical relation between the critical radius of cavitation (Rc) and geometrical characteristics of channels shows that cavitation does not occur in channels of uniform cross section (UCS), since 2Rc is larger than the smallest dimension of the channel. However, it may occur in channels of non-uniform cross section (NUCS), except for planar or high aspect ratio channels. The inequality in height and width is favorable for the absence of cavitation. The findings can also be applied to channels of elliptical or circular cross section. The results show the influence of geometrical characteristics of channels on the cavitation probability, which is important to engineer the channel geometrical structure in order to avoid undesirable filling problem 'cavitation' during the flow process.

  4. Simulations of Steady Cavitating Flow in a Small Francis Turbine

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The turbulent flow through a small horizontal Francis turbine is solved by means of Ansys-CFX at different operating points, with the determination of the hydrodynamic performance and the best efficiency point. The flow structures at different regimes reveal a large flow eddy in the runner and a swirl in the draft tube. The use of the mixture model for the cavity/liquid two-phase flow allowed studying the influence of cavitation on the hydrodynamic performance and revealed cavitation pockets near the trailing edge of the runner and a cavitation vortex rope in the draft tube. By maintaining a constant dimensionless head and a distributor vane opening while gradually increasing the cavitation number, the output power and efficiency reached a critical point and then had begun to stabilize. The cavitation number corresponding to the safety margin of cavitation is also predicted for this hydraulic turbine.

  5. Comminution of Mica by Cavitation Abrasive Water Jet

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    GUO Chu-wen; LIU Lin-sheng; HAN Dong-tai; LI Ai-min; ZHANG Dong-hai

    2003-01-01

    The comminution of mica with an abrasive water jet is mainly based on three knids of effects, that is, high-speed collision, cavitating effect and shearing effect. Cavitation abrasive water jet was applied for the comminution of mica because cavitation abrasive water jet can make full use of the three effects mentioned above. Besides high speed impacting among particles,cavitation and shearing were also enhanced due to the divergent angle at the outlet of the cavitation nozzle.A JME-200CX transmission electron microscope was used for observing the size distribution of particles.Variance analysis on the experimental results indicates that the effect of cavitation is much more significant than that of collision.The effect of pressure on comminution results becomes less with the decrease of the particle size.

  6. NUMERICAL INVESTIGATION OF CAVITATION PERFORMANCE OF SHIP PROPELLERS

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    ZHU Zhi-feng; FANG Shi-liang

    2012-01-01

    The cavitation performance of propellers is studied based on viscous multiphase flow theories.With a hybrid grid based on Navier-Stokes (N-S) and bubble dynamics equations,some recent validation results are presented in this paper in the predictions of the thrust,the torque and the vapor volume fraction on the back side of propeller blade for a uniform inflow.The numerical predictions of the hydrodynamic performance and the sheet cavitation under several operating conditions for two propellers agree with the corresponding measured data in general.The thrust and the torque are plotted with respect to the advance rate and the cavitation number.The cavitation performance breakdown is closely related to the strong sheet cavitation around propellers.The models with parameters modified are shown to predict the propeller cavitation well.

  7. A Methodology for Forecasting Damage & Economic Consequences to Floods: Building on the National Flood Interoperability Experiment (NFIE)

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    Tootle, G. A.; Gutenson, J. L.; Zhu, L.; Ernest, A. N. S.; Oubeidillah, A.; Zhang, X.

    2015-12-01

    The National Flood Interoperability Experiment (NFIE) held June 3-July 17, 2015 at the National Water Center (NWC) in Tuscaloosa, Alabama sought to demonstrate an increase in flood predictive capacity for the coterminous United States (CONUS). Accordingly, NFIE-derived technologies and workflows offer the ability to forecast flood damage and economic consequence estimates that coincide with the hydrologic and hydraulic estimations these physics-based models generate. A model providing an accurate prediction of damage and economic consequences is a valuable asset when allocating funding for disaster response, recovery, and relief. Damage prediction and economic consequence assessment also offer an adaptation planning mechanism for defending particularly valuable or vulnerable structures. The NFIE, held at the NWC on The University of Alabama (UA) campus led to the development of this large scale flow and inundation forecasting framework. Currently, the system can produce 15-hour lead-time forecasts for the entire coterminous United States (CONUS). A concept which is anticipated to become operational as of May 2016 within the NWC. The processing of such a large-scale, fine resolution model is accomplished in a parallel computing environment using large supercomputing clusters. Traditionally, flood damage and economic consequence assessment is calculated in a desktop computing environment with a ménage of meteorology, hydrology, hydraulic, and damage assessment tools. In the United States, there are a range of these flood damage/ economic consequence assessment software's available to local, state, and federal emergency management agencies. Among the more commonly used and freely accessible models are the Hydrologic Engineering Center's Flood Damage Reduction Analysis (HEC-FDA), Flood Impact Assessment (HEC-FIA), and Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) United States Multi-Hazard (Hazus-MH). All of which exist only in a desktop environment. With this

  8. Enhancement of heat and mass transfer by cavitation

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    Zhang, Y. N.; Zhang, Y. N.; Du, X. Z.; Xian, H. Z.

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, a brief summary of effects of cavitation on the heat and mass transfer are given. The fundamental studies of cavitation bubbles, including its nonlinearity, rectified heat and mass diffusion, are initially introduced. Then selected topics of cavitation enhanced heat and mass transfer were discussed in details including whales stranding caused by active sonar activity, pool boiling heat transfer, oscillating heat pipe and high intensity focused ultrasound treatment.

  9. Numerical Modeling of Unsteady Cavitating Flows around a Stationary Hydrofoil

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    Antoine Ducoin; Biao Huang; Yin Lu Young

    2012-01-01

    The objective of this paper is to evaluate the predictive capability of three popular transport equation-based cavitation models for the simulations of partial sheet cavitation and unsteady sheet/cloud cavitating flows around a stationary NACA66 hydrofoil. The 2D calculations are performed by solving the Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes equation using the CFD solver CFX with the k-ω SST turbulence model. The local compressibility effect is considered using a local density correction for the tu...

  10. L-Area Cavitation Tests Final Analysis - Limits Application

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    The L-Area cavitation test was designed to better define the onset of cavitation in the reactor system. The onset of gas evolution in the effluent piping and pump cavitation was measured using state-of-the-art equipment to provide data with a high confidence and low uncertainty level. The limits calculated from the new data will allow an approximate two percent increase in reactor power if the reactor is effluent temperature-limited with no compromise in reactor safety

  11. Influence of cavitation on near nozzle exit spray

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    Mirshahi, M.; Yan, Y.; Nouri, J. M.

    2015-01-01

    The importance of cavitation inside multi-hole injectors for direct injection internal combustion (IC) engineshas been addressed in many previous investigations. Still, the effect of cavitation on jet spray, its stability and liquid breakup and atomisation is not yet fully understood. The current experimental work aims to address some of these issues. It focuses on the initiation and development of cavitation inside a 7x enlarged transparent model of a symmetric 6-hole spark ignition direct i...

  12. Numerical Calculation on Cavitation Pressure Pulsation in Centrifugal Pump

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    Weidong Shi; Chuan Wang; Wei Wang; Bing Pei

    2014-01-01

    In order to study the internal flow in centrifugal pump when cavitation occurs, numerical calculation of the unsteady flow field in the WP7 automobile centrifugal pump is conducted based on the Navier-Stokes equations with the RNG k-ε turbulence model and Zwart-Gerber-Belamri cavitation model. The distributions of bubble volume fraction and pressure pulsation laws in the pump are analyzed when cavitation occurs. The conclusions are as follows: the bubble volume fraction is larger on the sucti...

  13. On Catastrophe and Cavitation for Spherical Cavity

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    MingJIN; KefuHUANG; 等

    1999-01-01

    This work deals with catastrophe of a spherical cavity and cavitation of a spherical cavity for Hooke material with 1/2 Poisson's ratio.A nonlinear problem.which is the Cauchy traction problem,is solved analytically.The governing equations are written on the deformed region or on the present configuration.And the conditions are described on moving boundary.A closed form solution is found.Furthermore,a bifurcation solution in closed form is given from the trivial homogeneous solution of a solid sphere.The results indicate that there is a tangent bifurcation on the displacement-load curve for a sphere with a cavity.On the tangent bifurcation point,the cavity grows up suddenly,which is a kind of catastrophe,And there is a pitchfork bifurcation on the displacement-load curve for a solid sphere.On the pitchfork bifurcation point.there is a cavitation in the solid sphere.

  14. Preparation of graphene by jet cavitation

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    Despite its bright prospects, graphene faces challenges including issues concerning mass production. Here we present a totally green approach whereby common crystal graphite can be exfoliated into graphene sheets in aqueous solution by jet cavitation. This is possible mainly because the tensile stress caused by graphite-solution interfacial reflection of compressive waves acts an intensive 'suction disk' on the graphite flakes. We confirm the presence of graphene sheets by diverse characterizations. The graphene yield by our method is estimated as ∼ 4 wt%, which could potentially be improved by further processing. The method, of a mechanical nature, is powerful compared to the traditional low-throughput micromechanical cleavage. Our work here illustrates jet cavitation as a facile, low cost, timesaving and laborsaving route, which can potentially be scaled up to mass production of graphene.

  15. Effects in heavy-ion radiation damage on target lifetimes in UNILAC experiments

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    This work is mainly the result of a literature research on effects of radiation damage occurring in targets commonly used in heavy-ion bombardments. Concepts and models for the description of radiation damage effects in solids as well as experimental methods for the quantitative characterization of such effects are reviewed. Some of these concepts are applied to the practical case of bombardments of 248Cm-metal targets or refractory element substrates with high-intensity beams of approx. equal to 7 MeV/n 238U-ions. Experimental observations during these bombardments, evaluation of macroscopic properties of the bombarded targets, as well as results from simulations of the bombarding conditions by electron-beams and low-energy heavy-ion beams are reported. This results in several conclusions concerning the limited life-time of the 248Cm-targets and suggestions for future tests and target modifications. (orig.)

  16. Numerical description of cavitation on axisymmetric bodies

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    Hickox, C.E.; Hailey, C.E.; Wolfe, W.P.; Watts, H.A.; Gross, R.J.; Ingber, M.S.

    1988-01-01

    This paper reports on ongoing studies which are directed toward the development of predictive techniques for the modeling of steady cavitation on axisymmetric bodies. The primary goal of the modeling effort is the prediction of cavity shape and pressure distribution from which forces and moments can be calculated. Here we present an overview of the modeling techniques developed and compare predictions with experimental data obtained from water tunnel tests for both limited and supercavitation. 14 refs., 4 figs.

  17. Numerical Simulation of Unsteady Turbulent Cavitating Flows

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    Tepes, Paul

    2005-01-01

    Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is a very important tool for the study of complex fluid flows and the design of hydraulic fluid flow machinery. At the same time, experimental analysis is very difficult to perform. Thus, for a better understanding of the behaviour of such complex flows, including turbulence, unsteadiness and cavitation, a suitable knowledge of CFD is indispensable. Generally, the specific applications of CFD codes for solving this type of engineering problems...

  18. Impact of acoustic cavitation on food emulsions.

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    Krasulya, Olga; Bogush, Vladimir; Trishina, Victoria; Potoroko, Irina; Khmelev, Sergey; Sivashanmugam, Palani; Anandan, Sambandam

    2016-05-01

    The work explores the experimental and theoretical aspects of emulsification capability of ultrasound to deliver stable emulsions of sunflower oil in water and meat sausages. In order to determine optimal parameters for direct ultrasonic emulsification of food emulsions, a model was developed based on the stability of emulsion droplets in acoustic cavitation field. The study is further extended to investigate the ultrasound induced changes to the inherent properties of raw materials under the experimental conditions of sono-emulsification. PMID:26603612

  19. Damage of Elastomeric Matrix Composites (EMC-rubbers) Under Static Loading Conditions: Experimental and Numerical Study

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    Ayari, F.; Bayraktar, E.; Zghal, A.

    2011-01-01

    Elastomeric matrix composites (EMC-rubbers) are considered as isotropic hyper elastic incompressible materials under static loading conditions. As a rubber material element cannot be extended to an infinite stretch ratio, a damage mechanism at large strain is considered. The phenomenon of cavitation plays an important role in the damage of EMCs and influences the toughening mechanism of rubber-modified plastics. Indeed, cavitation in elastomers is thought to be initiated from flaws, which grow primarily due to a hydrostatic tensile stress and ahead of the crack; there will not only be a high stress perpendicular to the plane of the crack but also significant stress components in the other direction. However, there exists historically much discussion on the evolution of the cavitation in elastomers under monotonic and/or static solicitation. Mainly, cavitation instability occurs when the stress levels are sufficiently high so that the void expansion rate becomes infinitely large. Many research works have been performed to understand the effects of rubber cavitation on toughening of plastics. In fact, the cavitation phenomenon is not well known in detail. The most popular idea states that the cavitation is related to the existence of the gas bubbles trapped in the material during the production stage and the growing of the cavities would then be the result of the growing gas bubbles. Further, instable failure mechanism at the end of the cavitation is not well known too.

  20. Damage of Elastomeric Matrix Composites (EMC-rubbers) Under Static Loading Conditions: Experimental and Numerical Study

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    Elastomeric matrix composites (EMC-rubbers) are considered as isotropic hyper elastic incompressible materials under static loading conditions. As a rubber material element cannot be extended to an infinite stretch ratio, a damage mechanism at large strain is considered. The phenomenon of cavitation plays an important role in the damage of EMCs and influences the toughening mechanism of rubber-modified plastics. Indeed, cavitation in elastomers is thought to be initiated from flaws, which grow primarily due to a hydrostatic tensile stress and ahead of the crack; there will not only be a high stress perpendicular to the plane of the crack but also significant stress components in the other direction. However, there exists historically much discussion on the evolution of the cavitation in elastomers under monotonic and/or static solicitation. Mainly, cavitation instability occurs when the stress levels are sufficiently high so that the void expansion rate becomes infinitely large. Many research works have been performed to understand the effects of rubber cavitation on toughening of plastics. In fact, the cavitation phenomenon is not well known in detail. The most popular idea states that the cavitation is related to the existence of the gas bubbles trapped in the material during the production stage and the growing of the cavities would then be the result of the growing gas bubbles. Further, instable failure mechanism at the end of the cavitation is not well known too.

  1. Cavitation effects on the confinement/deconfinement transition

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    Buchel, Alex [Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 2W9 (Canada); Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario N6A 5B7 (Canada); Camanho, Xián O. [Department of Particle Physics and IGFAE, University of Santiago de Compostela, E-15782 Santiago de Compostela (Spain); Edelstein, José D. [Department of Particle Physics and IGFAE, University of Santiago de Compostela, E-15782 Santiago de Compostela (Spain); Centro de Estudios Científicos CECs, Av. Arturo Prat 514, Valdivia (Chile)

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    Cavitation is a process where the viscous terms in a relativistic fluid result in reducing the effective pressure, thus facilitating the nucleation of bubbles of a stable phase. The effect is particularly pronounced in the vicinity of a (weak) first-order phase transition. We use the holographic correspondence to study cavitation in a strongly coupled planar cascading gauge theory plasma close to the confinement/deconfinement phase transition. While in this particular model the shift of the deconfinement temperature due to cavitation does not exceed 5%, we speculate that cavitation might be important near the QCD critical point.

  2. High Speed Imaging of Cavitation around Dental Ultrasonic Scaler Tips.

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    Full Text Available Cavitation occurs around dental ultrasonic scalers, which are used clinically for removing dental biofilm and calculus. However it is not known if this contributes to the cleaning process. Characterisation of the cavitation around ultrasonic scalers will assist in assessing its contribution and in developing new clinical devices for removing biofilm with cavitation. The aim is to use high speed camera imaging to quantify cavitation patterns around an ultrasonic scaler. A Satelec ultrasonic scaler operating at 29 kHz with three different shaped tips has been studied at medium and high operating power using high speed imaging at 15,000, 90,000 and 250,000 frames per second. The tip displacement has been recorded using scanning laser vibrometry. Cavitation occurs at the free end of the tip and increases with power while the area and width of the cavitation cloud varies for different shaped tips. The cavitation starts at the antinodes, with little or no cavitation at the node. High speed image sequences combined with scanning laser vibrometry show individual microbubbles imploding and bubble clouds lifting and moving away from the ultrasonic scaler tip, with larger tip displacement causing more cavitation.

  3. High Speed Imaging of Cavitation around Dental Ultrasonic Scaler Tips.

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    Vyas, Nina; Pecheva, Emilia; Dehghani, Hamid; Sammons, Rachel L; Wang, Qianxi X; Leppinen, David M; Walmsley, A Damien

    2016-01-01

    Cavitation occurs around dental ultrasonic scalers, which are used clinically for removing dental biofilm and calculus. However it is not known if this contributes to the cleaning process. Characterisation of the cavitation around ultrasonic scalers will assist in assessing its contribution and in developing new clinical devices for removing biofilm with cavitation. The aim is to use high speed camera imaging to quantify cavitation patterns around an ultrasonic scaler. A Satelec ultrasonic scaler operating at 29 kHz with three different shaped tips has been studied at medium and high operating power using high speed imaging at 15,000, 90,000 and 250,000 frames per second. The tip displacement has been recorded using scanning laser vibrometry. Cavitation occurs at the free end of the tip and increases with power while the area and width of the cavitation cloud varies for different shaped tips. The cavitation starts at the antinodes, with little or no cavitation at the node. High speed image sequences combined with scanning laser vibrometry show individual microbubbles imploding and bubble clouds lifting and moving away from the ultrasonic scaler tip, with larger tip displacement causing more cavitation. PMID:26934340

  4. Numerical investigation of cavitation performance on bulb tubular turbine

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    Sun, L. G.; Guo, P. C.; Zheng, X. B.; Luo, X. Q.

    2016-05-01

    The cavitation flow phenomena may occur in the bulb tubular turbine at some certain operation conditions, which even decrease the performance of units and causes insatiably noise and vibration when it goes worse. A steady cavitating flow numerical simulations study is carried out on the bulb tubular unit with the same blade pitch angle and different guide vane openings by using the commercial code ANSYS CFX in this paper. The phenomena of cavitation induction areas and development process are obtained and draws cavitation performance curves. The numerical results show that the travelling bubble cavity is the main types of cavitation development over a wide operating range of discharge and this type of cavitation begins to sensitive to the value of cavitation number when the discharge exceeding a certain valve, in this condition, it can lead to a severe free bubble formation with the gradually decrement of cavitation number. The reported cavitation performance curves results indicate that the flow blockage incident would happen because of a mount of free bubble formation in the flow passage when the cavity developed to certain extend, which caused head drop behavior and power broken dramatically and influenced the output power.

  5. Numerical simulation on the cavitation of waterjet propulsion pump

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    Xia, C. Z.; Cheng, L.; Shang, Y. N.; Zhou, J. R.; Yang, F.; Jin, Y.

    2016-05-01

    Waterjet propulsion system is widely used in high speed vessels with advantages of simple transmission mechanism, low noise underwater and good manoeuvrability. Compared with the propeller, waterjet propulsion can be used flow stamping to increasing cavitation resistance at high speed. But under certain conditions, such as low ship speed or high ship speed, cavitation problem still exists. If water-jet propulsion pump is run in cavitation condition for a long time, then the cavitation will cause a great deal of noise CFD is applied to analysis and predict the process of production and development of cavitation in waterjet propulsion pump. Based on the cavitation model of Zwart-Gerber-Belamri and a mixture of homogeneous flow model, commercial CFD software CFX was taken for characteristics of cavitation under the three operating conditions. Commercial software ANSYS 14.0 is used to build entity model, mesh and numerical simulation. The grid independence analysis determine the grid number of mixed flow pump model is about 1.6 million and the grid number of water-jet pump system unit is about 2.7 million. The cavitation characteristics of waterjet pump under three operating conditions are studied. The results show that the cavitation development trend is similar design and small rate of flow condition .Under the design conditions Cavitation bubbles are mainly gathered in suction surface of blade near the inlet side of the hub under the primary stage, and gradually extended to the water side in the direction of the rim with the loss of the inlet total pressure. Cavitation appears in hub before the blade rim, but the maximum value of gas content in blade rim is bigger than that in hub. Under large flow conditions, bubble along the direction of wheel hub extends to the rim gradually. Cavitation is found in the pressure surface of blade near the hub region under the critical point of cavitation nearby. When NPSHa is lower than critical point, the area covering by bubbles

  6. Cavitation effects on the confinement/deconfinement transition

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    Cavitation is a process where the viscous terms in a relativistic fluid result in reducing the effective pressure, thus facilitating the nucleation of bubbles of a stable phase. The effect is particularly pronounced in the vicinity of a (weak) first-order phase transition. We use the holographic correspondence to study cavitation in a strongly coupled planar cascading gauge theory plasma close to the confinement/deconfinement phase transition. While in this particular model the shift of the deconfinement temperature due to cavitation does not exceed 5%, we speculate that cavitation might be important near the QCD critical point

  7. Rayleigh scattering on the cavitation region emerging in liquids

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    Shneider, M N

    2015-01-01

    It is shown that the scattering of laser radiation on cavitation ruptures in fluids is similar to the scattering by gas particles. When the characteristic dimensions of microscopic voids and bubbles are considerably smaller than the laser wavelength, the scattered light is in the Rayleigh regime and allows detecting cavitation in the very early stages of its inception. The simple estimates of the scattered radiation intensity and the dynamics of its changes in connection with the generation of cavitation in the test volume are obtained, allowing us to find the critical conditions for the cavitation inception.

  8. Creep damage in zircaloy-4 at LWR temperatures

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    The observation of creep damage in the form of grain boundary cavitation in Zircaloy-4 in the temperature range of interest to Light Water Reactor (LWR) applications is reported. The observed damage is shown to reduce the ductility of Zircaloy-4 in a tensile test at LWR temperatures

  9. AN EXPERIMENTAL AND NUMERICAL PREDICTION OF MARINE PROPELLER NOISE UNDER CAVITATING AND NON-CAVITATING CONDITIONS

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the hydrodynamics and noise prediction of a five blade marine propeller were analyzed through numerical and experimental methods under variety operational conditions. The hydrodynamics of the propeller was studied and the characteristic curves were presented in both numerical and experimental methods. Inception and development of sheet cavitation conditions are obtained in both numerical and experimental methods. The cavitation was started and developed by either increasing the propeller rotational speed in constant pressure or decreasing pressure, while the velocity was kept constant. Good agreements are observed between numerical and experimental results, qualitatively and quantitatively. The noise of the propeller was analyzed through Computational fluid dynamics (CFD method, based on the formulation of Ffowcs Williams and Hawkings (FW-H. Similarly, the experimental results collected from hydrophones were compared with numerical simulations. Finally, the effects of reflection in cavitation tunnel were obtained by considering overall sound pressure levels in numerical and experimental results.

  10. Dynamics of Isolated Tip Vortex Cavitation

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    Pennings, Pepijn; Bosschers, Johan; van Terwisga, Tom

    2014-11-01

    Performance of ship propellers and comfort levels in the surroundings are limited by various forms of cavitation. Amongst these forms tip vortex cavitation is one of the first appearing forms and is expected to be mainly responsible for the emission of broadband pressure fluctuations typically occurring between the 4th to the 7th blade passing frequency (approx. 40--70 Hz). These radiated pressure pulses are likely to excite parts of the hull structure resulting in a design compromise between efficiency and comfort. Insight is needed in the mechanism of acoustic emission from the oscillations by a tip vortex cavity. In the current experimental study the tip vortex cavity from a blade with an elliptic planform and sections based on NACA 662 - 415 with meanline a = 0 . 8 is observed using high speed shadowgraphy in combination with blade force and acoustic measurements. An analytic model describing three main cavity deformation modes is verified and used to explain the origin of a cavity eigenfrequency or ``vortex singing'' phenomenon observed by Maines and Arndt (1997) on the tip vortex cavity originating from the same blade. As no hydrodynamic sound originating from the tip vortex cavity was observed it is posed that a tip flow instability is essential for ``vortex singing.'' This research was funded by the Lloyd's Register Foundation as part of the International Institute for Cavitation Research.

  11. Intensely oscillating cavitation bubble in microfluidics

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    Siew-Wan, Ohl; Tandiono; Klaseboer, Evert; Dave, Ow; Choo, Andre; Claus-Dieter, Ohl

    2015-12-01

    This study reports the technical breakthrough in generating intense ultrasonic cavitation in the confinement of a microfluidics channel [1], and applications that has been developed on this platform for the past few years [2,3,4,5]. Our system consists of circular disc transducers (10-20 mm in diameter), the microfluidics channels on PDMS (polydimethylsiloxane), and a driving circuitry. The cavitation bubbles are created at the gas- water interface due to strong capillary waves which are generated when the system is driven at its natural frequency (around 100 kHz) [1]. These bubbles oscillate and collapse within the channel. The bubbles are useful for sonochemistry and the generation of sonoluminescence [2]. When we add bacteria (Escherichia coli), and yeast cells (Pichia pastoris) into the microfluidics channels, the oscillating and collapsing bubbles stretch and lyse these cells [3]. Furthermore, the system is effective (DNA of the harvested intracellular content remains largely intact), and efficient (yield reaches saturation in less than 1 second). In another application, human red blood cells are added to a microchamber. Cell stretching and rapture are observed when a laser generated cavitation bubble expands and collapses next to the cell [4]. A numerical model of a liquid pocket surrounded by a membrane with surface tension which was placed next to an oscillating bubble was developed using the Boundary Element Method. The simulation results showed that the stretching of the liquid pocket occurs only when the surface tension is within a certain range.

  12. Modeling Unsteady Cavitation Effects and Dynamic Loads in Cryogenic Systems Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — There currently are no analytical or CFD tools that can reliably predict unsteady cavitation dynamics in liquid rocket turbopumps. Cavitation effects, particularly...

  13. Estimation of damage and human losses due to earthquakes worldwide - QLARM strategy and experience

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    Trendafiloski, G.; Rosset, P.; Wyss, M.; Wiemer, S.; Bonjour, C.; Cua, G.

    2009-04-01

    Within the framework of the IMRPOVE project, we are constructing our second-generation loss estimation tool QLARM (earthQuake Loss Assessment for Response and Mitigation). At the same time, we are upgrading the input data to be used in real-time and scenario mode. The software and databases will be open to all scientific users. The estimates include: (1) total number of fatalities and injured, (2) casualties by settlement, (3) percent of buildings in five damage grades in each settlement, (4) a map showing mean damage by settlement, and (5) functionality of large medical facilities. We present here our strategy and progress so far in constructing and calibrating the new tool. The QLARM worldwide database of the elements-at-risk consists of point and discrete city models with the following parameters: (1) Soil amplification factors; (2) distribution of building stock and population into vulnerability classes of the European Macroseismic Scale (EMS-98); (3) most recent population numbers by settlement or district; (4) information regarding medical facilities where available. We calculate the seismic demand in terms of (a) macroseismic (seismic intensity) or (b) instrumental (PGA) parameters. Attenuation relationships predicting both parameters will be used for different regions worldwide, considering the tectonic regime and wave propagation characteristics. We estimate damage and losses using: (i) vulnerability models pertinent to EMS-98 vulnerability classes; (ii) building collapse rates pertinent to different regions worldwide; and, (iii) casualty matrices pertinent to EMS-98 vulnerability classes. We also provide approximate estimates for the functionality of large medical facilities considering their structural, non-structural damage and loss-of-function of the medical equipment and installations. We calibrate the QLARM database and the loss estimation tool using macroseismic observations and information regarding damage and human losses from past earthquakes

  14. In-service life estimation of damaged gas pipelines: Full-scale experiments and finite element analyses

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    Burgaud Guillaume

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Statistical analysis reveals that mechanical damage is the first cause of incidents on gas transmission pipelines. They can be created by third party activities such as excavator tooth impact or by interaction between the pipe and rocks. To manage the damaged pipeline safely without useless cost, there is a need to investigate the mechanical behaviour of dented pipelines under a varying internal pressure. The purpose of this study is to characterize the stress and strain field around defects in pipes submitted to cyclic pressure loadings in order to estimate their residual lifetime. Full 3D finite element analyses of the denting process followed by cyclic loading are performed. Full-scale experiments on dented sections are planned.

  15. Shadowgraph, Schlieren and interferometry in a 2D cavitating channel flow

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    Mauger, Cyril; Mees, Loic; Michard, Marc; Azouzi, Alexandre [Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Laboratoire de Mecanique des Fluides et d' Acoustique (LMFA), CNRS UMR5509, Ecole Centrale de Lyon, INSA de Lyon, Ecully (France); Valette, Stephane [Ecole Nationale d' Ingenieurs de Saint Etienne, Laboratoire de Tribologie et Dynamique des Systemes (LTDS), CNRS UMR5513, Ecole Centrale de Lyon, Saint-Etienne (France)

    2012-12-15

    Cavitation plays an important role in fuel atomization mechanisms, but the physics of cavitation and its impact on spray formation and injector efficiency are not well documented yet. Experimental investigations are required to support the development and the validation of numerical models and the design of tomorrow's injectors, in the context of pollutant and fuel consumption reduction. The complexity of modern injectors and the extreme conditions of injection do not facilitate experimental investigations. In this paper, experiments are conducted in a simplified geometry. The model nozzle consists of a transparent 2D micro-channel supplied with a test oil (ISO 4113). Three different optical techniques are proposed to investigate the channel flow, with the pressure drop between upstream and downstream chambers as a parameter. A shadowgraph-like imaging technique allows the observation of cavitation inception and vapor cavities development throughout the channel. The technique also reveals the presence of density gradients (pressure or temperature) in the channel flow. However, this additional information is balanced by difficulties in image interpretation, which are discussed in the paper. In addition, a combination of Schlieren technique and interferometric imaging is used to measure the density fields inside the channel. The three techniques results are carefully analyzed and confronted. These results reveal a wealth of information on the flow, with pressure waves generated by bubble collapses, turbulence in the wake of vapor cavities and bubble survival in flow regions of high pressure. Our results also show that cavitation inception is located in the shear layers between the recirculation zones and the main flow, relatively far from the inlet corner, where the pressure is minimum in average. To explain this behavior, we propose a scenario of cavitation inception based on the occurrence and the growing of instabilities in the shear layers. (orig.)

  16. Cavitation pressure in liquid helium

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    Caupin, Frederic; Balibar, Sebastien

    2001-01-01

    Recent experiments have suggested that, at low enough temperature, the homogeneous nucleation of bubbles occurs in liquid helium near the calculated spinodal limit. This was done in pure superfluid helium 4 and in pure normal liquid helium 3. However, in such experiments, where the negative pressure is produced by focusing an acoustic wave in the bulk liquid, the local amplitude of the instantaneous pressure or density is not directly measurable. In this article, we present a series of measur...

  17. Cavitation-induced ignition of cryogenic hydrogen-oxygen fluids

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    Osipov, V V; Ponizovskya-Devine, E; Foygel, M; Smelyanskiy, V N

    2011-01-01

    The Challenger disaster and purposeful experiments with liquid hydrogen (H2) and oxygen (Ox) tanks demonstrated that cryogenic H2/Ox fluids always self-ignite in the process of their mixing. Here we propose a cavitation-induced self-ignition mechanism that may be realized under these conditions. In one possible scenario, self-ignition is caused by the strong shock waves generated by the collapse of pure Ox vapor bubble near the surface of the Ox liquid that may initiate detonation of the gaseous H2/Ox mixture adjacent to the gas-liquid interface. This effect is further enhanced by H2/Ox combustion inside the collapsing bubble in the presence of admixed H2 gas.

  18. Implicit Large Eddy Simulation of Cavitation in Micro Channel Flows

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    Hickel, S; Schmidt, S J

    2014-01-01

    We present a numerical method for Large Eddy Simulations (LES) of compressible two-phase flows. The method is validated for the flow in a micro channel with a step-like restriction. This setup is representative for typical cavitating multi-phase flows in fuel injectors and follows an experimental study of Iben et al., 2010. While a diesel-like test fuel was used in the experiment, we solve the compressible Navier-Stokes equations with a barotropic equation of state for water and vapor and a simple phase-change model based on equilibrium assumptions. Our LES resolve all wave dynamics in the compressible fluid and the turbulence production in shear layers.

  19. 3D numerical simulation on fluid-structure interaction of structure subjected to underwater explosion with cavitation

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    A-man ZHANG; Shao-fei REN; Qing LI; Jia LI

    2012-01-01

    In the underwater-shock environment,cavitation occurs near the structural surface.The dynamic response of fluid-structure interactions is influenced seriously by the cavitation effects.It is also the difficulty in the field of underwater explosion.With the traditional boundary element method and the finite element method (FEM),it is difficult to solve the nonlinear problem with cavitation effects subjected to the underwater explosion.To solve this problem,under the consideration of the cavitation effects and fluid compressibility,with fluid viscidity being neglected,a 3D numerical model of transient nonlinear fluid-structure interaction subjected to the underwater explosion is built.The fluid spectral element method (SEM) and the FEM are adopted to solve this model.After comparison with the FEM,it is shown that the SEM is more precise than the FEM,and the SEM results are in good coincidence with benchmark results and experiment results.Based on this,combined with ABAQUS,the transient fluid-structure interaction mechanism of the 3D submerged spherical shell and ship stiffened plates subjected to the underwater explosion is discussed,and the cavitation region and its influence on the structural dynamic responses are presented.The paper aims at providing references for relevant research on transient fluid-structure interaction of ship structures subjected to the underwater explosion.

  20. Summary of property damage experience and loss control programs of the United States Department of Energy CY 1978

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    Dix, George P.

    1979-10-01

    Calendar year 1978 was the first full year of operation of the Department of Energy. This report summarizes the fire and property damage experience of the Department and includes comparative and cumulative data for prior years for those former agencies that contributed the bulk of DOE facilities and property values. Property damage, from all causes, exceeded $17 million, of which fire losses accounted for nearly $13 million, or 74% of the total. Fire was also the leading cause of death in DOE operations. The fire loss ratio amounted to 2.76 cents/$100 of property values, a figure about equal to the best class of insured industrial properties. The loss ratio from all causes was 3.72 cents/$100, or well under the approximately 5 cents/$100 that is paid by the best class of industry for insurance. While the overall experience was good, the record suffers by comparison with the prior experience of the bulk of the facilities comprising DOE, and further analyses reveal a number of facilities and programs where considerable need for improvement is indicated. 10 figures, 11 tables.

  1. An intelligent stand-alone ultrasonic device for monitoring local structural damage: implementation and preliminary experiments

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    Continuous structural health monitoring has the potential to significantly improve the safety management of aged, in-service civil structures. In particular, monitoring of local damage growth at hot-spot areas can help to prevent disastrous structural failures. Although ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation (NDE) has proved to be effective in monitoring local damage growth, conventional equipment and devices are usually bulky and only suitable for scheduled human inspections. The objective of this research is to harness the latest developments in embedded hardware and wireless communication for developing a stand-alone, compact ultrasonic device. The device is directed at the continuous structural health monitoring of civil structures. Relying on battery power, the device possesses the functionalities of high-speed actuation, sensing, signal processing, and wireless communication. Integrated with contact ultrasonic transducers, the device can generate 1 MHz Rayleigh surface waves in a steel specimen and measure response waves. An envelope detection algorithm based on the Hilbert transform is presented for efficiently determining the peak values of the response signals, from which small surface cracks are successfully identified

  2. Application of nondestructive testing methods to study the damage zone underneath impact craters of MEMIN laboratory experiments

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    Moser, Dorothee; Poelchau, Michael H.; Stark, Florian; Grosse, Christian

    2013-01-01

    Within the framework of the Multidisciplinary Experimental and Modeling Impact Research Network (MEMIN) research group, the damage zones underneath two experimentally produced impact craters in sandstone targets were investigated using several nondestructive testing (NDT) methods. The 20 × 20 × 20 cm sandstones were impacted by steel projectiles with a radius of 1.25 mm at approximately 5 km s-1, resulting in craters with approximately 6 cm diameter and approximately 1 cm depth. Ultrasound (US) tomography and vibrational analysis were applied before and after the impact experiments to characterize the damage zone, and micro-computer tomography (μ-CT) measurements were performed to visualize subsurface fractures. The newly obtained experimental data can help to quantify the extent of the damage zone, which extends to about 8 cm depth in the target. The impacted sandstone shows a local p-wave reduction of 18% below the crater floor, and a general reduction in elastic moduli by between approximately 9 and approximately 18%, depending on the type of elastic modulus. The results contribute to a better empirical and theoretical understanding of hypervelocity events and simulations of cratering processes.

  3. Localized fast neutron flux enhancement for damage experiments in a research reactor; Accroissement local du flux rapide pour des experiences de dommages dans un reacteur de recherche

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    Malouch, F

    2003-06-01

    In irradiation experiments on materials in the core of the Osiris reactor (CEA-Saclay) we seek to increase damage in irradiated samples and to reduce the duration of their stay in the core. Damage is essentially caused by fast neutrons (E {>=} 1 MeV); we have therefore pursued the possibility of a localized increase of their level in an irradiation experiment by using a flux converter device made up of fissile material arranged according to a suitable geometry that allows the converter to receive experiments. We have studied several parameters that are influential in the increase of fast neutron flux within the converter. We have also considered the problem of the converter's cooling in the core and its effect on the operation of the reactor. We have carried out a specific neutron calculation scheme based on the modular 2D-transport code APOLLO2 using a two-level transport method. Experimental validation of the flux calculation scheme was carried out in the ISIS reactor, the mock-up of OSIRIS, by optimizing the loading of fuel elements in the core. The experimental results show that the neutron calculation scheme computes the fluxes in close agreement with the measurements especially the fast flux. This study allows us to master the essential physical parameters needed for the design of a flux converter in an MTR reactor. (author)

  4. Stuck in the here and now: Construction of fictitious and future experiences following ventromedial prefrontal damage.

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    Bertossi, Elena; Aleo, Fabio; Braghittoni, Davide; Ciaramelli, Elisa

    2016-01-29

    There is increasing interest in uncovering the cognitive and neural bases of episodic future thinking (EFT), the ability to imagine events relevant to one's own future. Recent functional neuroimaging evidence shows that the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) is engaged during EFT. However, vmPFC is also activated during imagination of fictitious, atemporal experiences. Therefore, its role in EFT is currently unclear. To test (1) whether vmPFC is critical for EFT, and (2) whether it supports EFT specifically, or, rather, construction of any complex experience, patients with focal lesions to vmPFC (vmPFC patients), control patients with lesions not involving vmPFC, and healthy controls were asked to imagine personal future experiences and fictitious experiences. Compared to the control groups, vmPFC patients were impaired at imagining both future and fictitious experiences, indicating a general deficit in constructing novel experiences. Unlike the control groups, however, vmPFC patients had more difficulties in imagining future compared to fictitious experiences. Exploratory correlation analyses showed that general construction deficits correlated with lesion volume in BA 11, whereas specific EFT deficits correlated with lesion volume in BA 32 and BA 10. Together, these findings indicate that vmPFC is crucial for EFT. We propose, however, that different vmPFC subregions may support different component processes of EFT: the most ventral part, BA 11, may underlie core constructive processes needed to imagine any complex experience (e.g., scene construction), whereas BA 10 and BA 32 may mediate simulation of those specific experiences that likely await us in the future. PMID:26707714

  5. 浅析石化企业离心泵的汽蚀及提高其抗汽蚀性能的措施%Petrochemical Enterprise Centrifugal Pump Cavitation and Improve the Centrifugal Pump Cavitation Performance of Measures

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    龚智喜; 刘鹏飞; 张博; 许东莉

    2012-01-01

    离心泵是石油化工企业运用最广泛的输能流体机械。在使用过程中怎样防止离心泵的汽蚀,怎样去减少汽蚀对离心泵的损害是非常重要的。汽蚀是一种十分有害的现象,它使离心泵的扬程,流量和效率明显下降,严重时泵甚至不能够运转,所以研究泵的汽蚀并采取相应的措施有助于提高泵的使用效率和延长泵的寿命等。%Centrifugal pump is the most widely used oil chemical enterprise of can lose fluid machinery.In use process how to prevent the centrifugal pump cavitation,how to reduce the cavitation in a centrifugal pump damage is very important.Cavitation is a kind of very harmful phenomenon,it makes the centrifugal pump hit,flow rate and efficiency decreases significantly,serious when pump can't even run,so the study of pump cavitation and take some measures to improve the efficiency in the use of pump and to extend the pump life.

  6. Preparation of experimental and numerical research on unsteady cavitating flow around hydrofoil

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    Komárek, M.; Sedlář, M.; Vyroubal, M.; Zima, Patrik; Müller, M.; Pálka, T.

    Les Ulis Cedex : E D P SCIENCES, 2015 - (Dančová, P.; Vít, T.), s. 278-283 ISSN 2100-014X. - (EPJ Web of Conferences). [Experimental Fluid Mechanics 2014. Český Krumlov (CZ), 18.11.2014-21.11.2014] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA13-23550S Institutional support: RVO:61388998 Keywords : cavitation experiment * CFD * unsteady flow Subject RIV: BK - Fluid Dynamics

  7. The Rotordynamic Forces on a Centrifugal Pump Impeller in the Presence of Cavitation

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    Franz, R.; Acosta, A.J; Brennen, C. E.; Caughey, T. K.

    1990-01-01

    An experiment in forced vabration was conducted to study the fluid-induced rotordynamic force on an impeller whirling along a trajectory eccentric to its undeflected position in the presence of cavitation. The prescribed whirl trajectory of the rotor is a circular orbit of a fixed radius. The force measured is a combination of a steady radial force due to volute asymmetries and an unsteady force due to the eccentric motion of the rotor. These measurements have been conducted over a full ra...

  8. Identification of collapse patterns of cavitation bubbles close to a solid wall

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    Müller, M.; Hujer, M.; Kotek, M.; Zima, Patrik

    Liberec : Technical University of Liberec, 2012 - (Vít, T.; Dančová, P.; Novotný, P.), s. 494-497 ISBN 978-80-7372-912-7. [Experimental Fluid Mechanics 2012 /7./. Hradec Králové (CZ), 20.11.2012-23.11.2012] R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP101/10/1428 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20760514 Keywords : cavitation bubble * collapse * experiment Subject RIV: BK - Fluid Dynamics

  9. Noise Localization Method for Model Tests in a Large Cavitation Tunnel Using a Hydrophone Array

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    Cheolsoo Park; Gun-Do Kim; Young-Ha Park; Keunhwa Lee; Woojae Seong

    2016-01-01

    Model tests are performed in order to predict the noise level of a full ship and to control its noise signature. Localizing noise sources in the model test is therefore an important research subject along with measuring noise levels. In this paper, a noise localization method using a hydrophone array in a large cavitation tunnel is presented. The 45-channel hydrophone array was designed using a global optimization technique for noise measurement. A set of noise experiments was performed in th...

  10. Influence of Splitter Blades on the Cavitation Performance of a Double Suction Centrifugal Pump

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    Wei Yang; Ruofu Xiao; Fujun Wang; Yulin Wu

    2014-01-01

    In order to study the influence of splitter blades on double suction centrifugal pumps two impellers with and without splitter blades were investigated numerically and experimentally. Three-dimensional turbulence simulations with and without full cavitation model were applied to simulate the flow in the two pumps with different impellers. The simulation results agreed with the experiment results and the internal flows were analyzed. Both the numerical and experimental results show that by add...

  11. BIOMEX experiment: ultrastructural alterations, molecular damage and survival of the fungus Cryomyces antarcticus after the Experiment Verification Tests

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    C. Pacelli; Selbmann, L.; Zucconi, L.; de Vera, J.-P.; Rabbow, E.; Horneck, G; de la Torre, R.; Onofri, S.

    2016-01-01

    The search for traces of extinct or extant life in extraterrestrial environments is one of the main goals for astrobiologists; due to their ability to withstand stress producing conditions, extremophiles are perfect candidates for astrobiological studies. The BIOMEX project aims to test the ability of biomolecules and cell components to preserve their stability under space and Mars-like conditions, while at the same time investigating the survival capability of microorganisms. The experiment ...

  12. Radiation induced cavitation: A possible phenomenon in liquid targets?

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    West, C.D.

    1998-07-01

    The proposed design of a new, short-pulse spallation neutron source includes a liquid mercury target irradiated with a 1 GeV proton beam. This paper explores the possibility that cavitation bubbles may be formed in the mercury and briefly discusses some design features that could avoid harmful effects should cavitation take place.

  13. FINAL REPORT. CAVITATIONAL HYDROTHERMAL OXIDATION: A NEW REMEDIATION PROCESS

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    During the past year, we have continued to make substantial scientific progress on our understanding of cavitation phenomena in aqueous media and applications of cavitation to remediation processes. Our efforts have focused on three separate areas: sonoluminescence as a probe of ...

  14. Suppression of Fatigue Crack Propagation of Duralumin by Cavitation Peening

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    Hitoshi Soyama

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available It was demonstrated in the present paper that cavitation peening which is one of the mechanical surface modification technique can suppress fatigue crack propagation in duralumin. The impacts produced when cavitation bubble collapses can be utilised for the mechanical surface modification technique in the same way as laser peening and shot peening, which is called “cavitation peening”. Cavitation peening employing a cavitating jet in water was used to treat the specimen made of duralumin Japanese Industrial Standards JIS A2017-T3. After introducing a notch, fatigue test was conducted by a load-controlled plate bending fatigue tester, which has been originally developed. The fatigue crack propagation behavior was evaluated and the relationship between the fatigue crack propagation rate versus stress intensity factor range was obtained. From the results, the fatigue crack propagation rate was drastically reduced by cavitation peening and the fatigue life of duralumin plate was extended 4.2 times by cavitation peening. In addition, the fatigue crack propagation can be suppressed by 88% in the stable crack propagation stage by cavitation peening.

  15. Detection of cavitation pits on steel surfaces using SEM imagery

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    Price, Jeffery R.; Hylton, Kathy W.; Tobin, Kenneth W., Jr.; Bingham, Philip R.; Hunn, John D.; Haines, John R.

    2003-04-01

    We describe an automated image processing approach for detecting and characterizing cavitation pits on stainless steel surfaces. The image sets to be examined have been captured by a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Each surface region is represented by a pair of SEM images, one captured before and one after the cavitation-causing process. Unfortunately, some required surface preparation steps between pre-cavitation and post-cavitation imaging can introduce artifacts and change image characteristics in such a way as to preclude simple image-to-image differencing. Furthermore, all of the images were manually captured and are subject to rotation and translation alignment errors as well as variations in focus and exposure. In the presented work, we first align the pre- and post- cavitation images using a Fourier-domain technique. Since pre-cavitation images can often contain artifacts that are very similar to pitting, we perform multi-scale pit detection on each pre- and post-cavitation image independently. Coincident regions labeled as pits in both pre- and post-cavitation images are discarded. Pit statistics are exported to a text file for further analysis. In this paper we provide background information, algorithmic details, and show some experimental results.

  16. Radiation induced cavitation: A possible phenomenon in liquid targets?

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    The proposed design of a new, short-pulse spallation neutron source includes a liquid mercury target irradiated with a 1 GeV proton beam. This paper explores the possibility that cavitation bubbles may be formed in the mercury and briefly discusses some design features that could avoid harmful effects should cavitation take place

  17. Progress in numerical simulation of cavitating water jets

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    PENG Guoyi; SHMIZU Seiji

    2013-01-01

    This paper reviews recent progress made toward modeling of cavitation and numerical simulation of cavitating water jets.Properties of existing cavitation models are discussed and a compressible mixture flow method for the numerical simulation of highspeed water jets accompanied by intensive cavitation is introduced.Two-phase fluids media of cavitating flow are treated as a homogeneous bubbly mixture and the mean flow is computed by solving Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations for compressible fluid.The intensity of cavitation is evaluated by the gas volume fraction,which is governed by the compressibility of bubble-liquid mixture corresponding to the status of mean flow field.Numerical results of cavitating water jet issuing from an orifice nozzle are presented and its applicability to intensively cavitating jets is demonstrated.However,the effect of impact pressure caused by collapsing of bubbles is neglected,and effectively coupling of the present compressible mixture flow method with the dynamics of bubbles remains to be a challenge.

  18. Modelling collapse aggresiveness of cavitation bubbles in hydromachinery

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    Zima, Patrik; Sedlář, M.; Müller, M.

    Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 2009. s. 21-21. [CAV2009 International Symposium on Cavitation /7./. 16.08.2009-20.08.2009, Ann Arbor] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA101/07/1612 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20760514 Keywords : cavitation * erosion * pumps Subject RIV: BK - Fluid Dynamics

  19. Pressure measurements and high speed visualizations of the cavitation phenomena at deep part load condition in a Francis turbine

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    Yamamoto, K.; Müller, A.; Favrel, A.; Landry, C.; Avellan, F.

    2014-03-01

    In a hydraulic power plant, it is essential to provide a reliable, sustainable and flexible energy supply. In recent years, in order to cover the variations of the renewable electricity production, hydraulic power plants are demanded to operate with more extended operating range. Under these off-design conditions, a hydraulic turbine is subject to cavitating swirl flow at the runner outlet. It is well-known that the helically/symmetrically shaped cavitation develops at the runner outlet in part load/full load condition, and it gives severe damage to the hydraulic systems under certain conditions. Although there have been many studies about partial and full load conditions, contributions reporting the deep part load condition are limited, and the cavitation behaviour at this condition is not yet understood. This study aims to unveil the cavitation phenomena at deep part load condition by high speed visualizations focusing on the draft tube cone as well as the runner blade channel, and pressure fluctuations associated with the phenomena were also investigated.

  20. Analysis on Velocity Characteristics of Cavitation Flow Around Hydrofoil

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    LI Xiang-bin; LIU Shu-yan; WANG Guo-yu; ZHANG Bo; ZHANG Min-di

    2010-01-01

    The time-averaged velocity distributions in flows around a hydronautics hydrofoil were measured by using a digit-al particle image velocimeter (DPIV) system. The results show that the velocity distribution in the whole flow field depends on the development of cavitation structures with the decreasing of cavitation number. The high-fluctuation region with lower velocity relates to the cavitation area. The lowest velocity distribution in the cavity core becomes more uniform, and its in-fluence becomes smaller gradually as moving to downstream. The main-stream velocity distribution is even, then fluctuate and even at last. In the supercavitation stage, the fluid velocity in the cavitation region, corresponding to the front of the hydrofoil's suction surface, has a distribution close to the main stream, while the fluid velocity in other cavitation area is lower.

  1. Cavitating flow investigation inside centrifugal impellers for a condensate pump

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    In order to investigate the effect of blade inlet angle on centrifugal pump cavitation performance, numerical simulation of cavitating turbulent flow is conducted for a condensate pump with different impellers based on SST k−ω turbulence model and a mixture cavitation model. The results indicate that for a condensate pump having meridional section with larger area at blade leading edge compared with conventional pumps, the reverse flows inside the blade-to-blade channels are not negligible. It is noted that large incidence at blade leading edge is helpful to improve the cavitation performance for the pump. The possible reason may be the growth of cavities inside the impeller has less influence on the flow in the channel between two neighboring blades. Further, uniform incidence angle along the blade leading edge is preferable for the improvement of cavitation performance.

  2. Researches upon cavitation erosion behavior of some duplex steels

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    Bordeasu, I.; Popoviciu, M. O.; Mitelea, I.; Micu, L. M.; Bordeasu, C.; Ghera, C.; Iosif, A.

    2016-02-01

    This paper presents the cavitation erosion behavior of two stainless steels having a duplex structure formed by austenite and ferrite. The conclusions were obtained by using both the cavitation erosion characteristic curves and the pictures of the eroded surfaces obtained with performing optic microscopes. The researches were focused upon the optimal correlation between the cavitation erosion resistance and the rate of the two structural constituents. The tests were done with T2 facility, with ceramic crystals, which integrally respects the ASTM G32-2010 Standard. The obtained results present the cumulative effect upon cavitation erosion of the chemical composition, mechanical properties and the structural constituents. The results of the researches are of importance for the specialists which establishes the composition of the stainless steels used for manufacturing hydraulic machineries or other devices subjected to cavitation erosion.

  3. A PRESSURE-BASED ALGORITHM FOR CAVITATING FLOW COMPUTATIONS

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    ZHANG Ling-xin; ZHAO Wei-guo; SHAO Xue-ming

    2011-01-01

    A pressure-based algorithm for the prediction of cavitating flows is presented. The algorithm employs a set of equations including the Navier-Stokes equations and a cavitation model explaining the phase change between liquid and vapor. A pressure-based method is used to construct the algorithm and the coupling between pressure and velocity is considered. The pressure correction equation is derived from a new continuity equation which employs a source term related to phase change rate instead of the material derivative of density Dp/Dt.Thispressure-based algorithm allows for the computation of steady or unsteady,2-Dor 3-D cavitating flows. Two 2-D cases, flows around a flat-nose cylinder and around a NACA0015 hydrofoil, are simulated respectively, and the periodic cavitation behaviors associated with the re-entrant jets are captured. This algorithm shows good capability of computating time-dependent cavitating flows.

  4. Numerical Simulation of Viscous Cavitating Flow Around A Ship Propeller

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    ZHU Zhi-feng; FANG Shi-liang; WANG Xiao-yan; MENG Zhao-wen; LIU Ping-xiang; DU Xuan-min

    2011-01-01

    In the present study,cavitation and a ship propeller wake are reported by computed fluid dynamics based on viscous multiphase flow theory.Some recent validation results with a hybrid grid based on unsteady Navier-Stokes (N-S) and bubble dynamics equations are presented to predict velocity,pressure and vapor volume fraction in propeller wake in a uniform inflow.Numerical predictions of sheet cavitation,tip vortex cavitation and hub vortex cavitation are in agreement with the experimental data,same as numerical predictions of longitudinal and transversal evolution of the axial velocity.Blade and shaft rate frequency of propeller is well predicted by the computed results of pressure,and tip vortex is the most important to generate the pressure field within the near wake.The overall results indicate that the present approach is reliable for prediction of cavitation and propeller wake on the condition of uniform inflow.

  5. Cavitation Erosion of Plasma -sprayed Coatings

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    Tungsten Carbide, chromium carbide and chromium oxide coatings were obtained on a 304 stainless steel substrate by plasma spraying technique. The coated samples were exposed to cavitation generated in distilled water by a 20KHz ultrasonic horn. The results of investigation reveal that all the samples tested are significantly eroded even within ten minutes of exposure, indicative of a short incubation period. The eroded surfaces can be characterized as having large pits and flat smooth areas. The latter may be associated with the poor cohesive strength of the coatings, which leads to the failures between individual lamellae

  6. In situ experiments on width and evolution characteristics of excavation damaged zone in deeply buried tunnels

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    2011-01-01

    The seven long tunnels of Jinping II hydropower station are deeply buried.The width and evolution characteristics of excavation damaged zone(EDZ) are the key problem to the design of tunnels excavation and supports.In order to study this problem,several specific experimental tunnels with different overburden and geometric sizes were excavated at this site.Digital borehole camera,sliding micrometer,cross-hole acoustic wave equipment and acoustic emission apparatus were adopted.This paper introduced the comprehensive in situ experimental methods through pre-installed facilities and pre-drilled boreholes.Typical properties of the surrounding rock mass,including cracks,deformation,elastic wave and micro fractures,were measured during the whole process of the tunnel excavation.The width and characteristics of formation and evolution of tunnels EDZ were analyzed under different construction methods involving of TBM and drilling and blasting,the test tunnels were excavated by full-face or two benches.The relationships between EDZ and tunnel geometry sizes,overburden and excavation method were described as well.The results will not only contribute a great deal to the analysis of rock mass behavior in deeply buried rock mass,but also provide direct data for support design and rockburst prediction.

  7. Contact damage of model dental multilayers: experiments and finite element simulations

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    Soboyejo, W.O.; Pagedas, C.; Skraba, P.; Mumm, D.R.; Evans, A.G. [Princeton Univ., NJ (United States). Princeton Materials Inst.; Wang, R.; Katsube, N. [Ohio State Univ., Columbus (United States). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering; Seghi, R. [Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States). Dept. of Restorative and Prosthodontic Dentistry

    2001-07-01

    This paper presents an overview of recent studies of contact damage in multilayered structures with equivalent elastic properties to bonded dentin/crown structures. Following a brief description of restored tooth structures, prior work on the development of model dental multilayered structures is reviewed. The paper examines the effects of interlayer thickness within a combined experimental and computational/analytical framework. The potential effects of indentation ball size are then discussed in an effort to explain some of the apparent discrepancies in the literature. The observed cracking patterns at the onset of crack nucleation are shown to be associated with principal stress contours computed using elastic and elastic-plastic finite element models. In the case of specimens with controlled interlayer thickness, the statistical variations in the crack nucleation loads are shown to be well described by Weibull (weakest link) statistics. The implications of the results are discussed for the design of dental multilayers that are more resistant to crack nucleation and propagation. (orig.)

  8. Interactive Web-based Floodplain Simulation System for Realistic Experiments of Flooding and Flood Damage

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    Demir, I.

    2013-12-01

    Recent developments in web technologies make it easy to manage and visualize large data sets with general public. Novel visualization techniques and dynamic user interfaces allow users to create realistic environments, and interact with data to gain insight from simulations and environmental observations. The floodplain simulation system is a web-based 3D interactive flood simulation environment to create real world flooding scenarios. The simulation systems provides a visually striking platform with realistic terrain information, and water simulation. Students can create and modify predefined scenarios, control environmental parameters, and evaluate flood mitigation techniques. The web-based simulation system provides an environment to children and adults learn about the flooding, flood damage, and effects of development and human activity in the floodplain. The system provides various scenarios customized to fit the age and education level of the users. This presentation provides an overview of the web-based flood simulation system, and demonstrates the capabilities of the system for various flooding and land use scenarios.

  9. RADIATION-DAMAGE IN NACL .1. OPTICAL-ABSORPTION EXPERIMENTS ON HEAVILY IRRADIATED SAMPLES

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    WEERKAMP, JRW; GROOTE, JC; SEINEN, J; DENHARTOG, HW

    1994-01-01

    Results of optical-absorption experiments on heavily irradiated NaCl single crystals are presented. The dose rates were between 4 and 250 Mrad/h; the doses between 1 and 7 Grad. The irradiation temperatures were in the range of 20-150-degrees-C. Because of the intense optical bands, the thickness of

  10. Synovial fluid cavitation during distraction radiography of the coxofemoral joint in dogs

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    Objective - To determine risk factors for, and prevalence and short- and long-term effects of, synovial fluid cavitation during distractionradiography. Design - Multicenter prevalence survey. Animals - 6,649 purebred dogs comprising 129 breeds. Procedure - Radiographs from the PennHiP (University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program) laboratory were subjectively evaluated for evidence of cavitation. Multiple logistic regression was used to determine whether sex, breed, age, weight, distraction index (DI), or examining veterinarian was associated with cavitation. Short-term effects of cavitation were assessed by comparing DI for the hip with cavitation with DI for the contralateral hip in dogs with unilateral cavitation. Long-term effects of cavitation were assessed by comparing DI before and after cavitation was detected, Results - Cavitation was detected in 279 (4.2%) of the radiographs analyzed. Male dogs, Golden Retrievers, and heavier dogs were at a decreased risk for cavitation. Irish Wolfhounds, Irish Setters, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, and Weimaraners had an increased risk for cavitation. Age and Di were not risk factors for cavitation. Mean DI was 0.08 greater in hips with cavitation than in paired hips without cavitation. Significant differences were not detected between DI before and after cavitation, but only I dogs were included in this analysis. Clinical Implications - Cavitation is rare during distraction radiography and can increase measured DI. Radiographs should be routinely examined to ensure accurate reporting of DI

  11. Crystalline silicon under acoustic cavitation: from mechano-luminescence to amorphization

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    The physicochemical behavior of crystalline silicon under acoustic cavitation is investigated in water sparged with argon at low temperature (10 and 20 degrees C). Surprisingly, spectroscopic investigations reveal that argon (bubbling continuously through the liquid phase during experiments) can be ultrasonically excited via mechano-luminescence, i.e., emission of light caused by mechanical action on a solid. This phenomenon is highlighted for the first time on an extended solid surface using these conditions and results from an interaction between the acoustically generated bubbles and the Si surface. The concomitant physical and chemical transformations induced at the solid-liquid interface are investigated (SEM, AFM) to characterize the generated stress and defects in combination with the roughness and wettability increases (evolving from similar to 46 degrees to similar to 4 degrees). Phase transformations of the Si lattice are observed (Raman spectroscopy, TEM) evidencing acoustic cavitation in the Si crystal structure. The mechanisms involved during Si sonication are discussed. (authors)

  12. Attempt to visualize cavitation in nozzle chamber of diesel engine by neutron radiography

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    Preliminary experiment using neutron radiography was attempted on visualization of cavitation (= cold boiling) of fuel flow inside the metallic nozzle chamber of diesel engine. Fuel ejection from a diesel-engine nozzle is dependent on the cavitation conditions in fuel flow, subjective to pressure change, were studied using a cooled CCD camera with electric shutter open and with the help of a synchronous chopper for neutron beams which enables to observe visualized flow at 0.5 mm width nozzle chamber, 1 mm diameter sac chamber, and 0.2 mm diameter nozzle hole in a diesel engine. Each images could be obtained with short exposure time from 100 μs to 1 mx. (S. Ohno)

  13. Cavitation Erosion of Copper, Brass, Aluminum and Titanium Alloys in Mineral Oil

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    Rao, B. C. S.; Buckley, D. H.

    1983-01-01

    The variations of the mean depth of penetration, the mean depth rate of penetration, MDRP, the pit diameter 2a and depth h due to cavitation attack on Al 6061-T6, Cu, brass of composition Cu-35Zn-3Pb and Ti-5A1-2.5Sn are presented. The experiments are conducted in a mineral oil of viscosity 110 CS using a magnetostrictive oscillator of 20 kHz frequency. Based on MDRP on the materials, it is found that Ti-5Al-2.5Sn exhibits cavitation erosion resistance which is two orders of magnitude higher than the other three materials. The values of h/a are the largest for copper and decreased with brass, titanium, and aluminum. Scanning electron microscope studies show that extensive slip and cross slip occurred on the surface prior to pitting and erosion. Twinning is also observed on copper and brass.

  14. Evaluation of Sensorimotor Nerve Damage in Patients with Maxillofacial Trauma; a Single Center Experience

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    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To evaluate sensorimotor nerve damage in patients with maxillofacial trauma referring to Taleghani hospital, Tehran, Iran Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted during a 2-year period from 2014 to 2012 in Taleghani hospital of Tehran. We included a total number of 495 patients with maxillofacial trauma referring to our center during the study period. The demographic information, type of fracture, location of fracture and nerve injuries were assessed and recorded in each patients. The frequency of sensorimotor injuries in these patients was recorded. Data are presented as frequencies and proportions as appropriate. Results: Overall we included 495 patients with maxillofacial trauma with mean age of 31.5±13.8 years. There were 430 (86.9% men and in 65 (13.1% women among the patients. The frequency of nerve injuries was 67.7% (336 patients. The mean age of the patients with nerve injuries was 33.4 ± 3.7 years. Marginal mandibular branch of facial nerve was the most common involved nerve being involved in 5 patients (1%. Regarding trigeminal nerve, the inferior alveolar branch (194 patients 39.1% was the most common involved branch followed by infraorbital branch (135 patients 27.2%. Mandibular fracture was the most common injured bone being reported in 376 patient (75.9% patients followed by zygomatic bone in 100 patient (20%. Conclusion: The most frequent fracture occurred in mandible followed by zygoma and the most injured nerve was inferior alveolar nerve followed by infraorbital branch of trigeminal nerve. In facial nerve the marginal branch was the most involved nerve. The frequency of nerve injury and the male to female ratio was higher in the current study compared to the literature.

  15. Numerical analysis of unsteady cavitating flow by using a modification based on an assumption of apparent phase equilibrium

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    The prediction accuracy of cavitation by CFD is still not so high even in a simplest flow field around a single hydrofoil especially in transient condition at higher angle of attack, which is common problem in both commercial software and in-house solvers. In the transient condition, unsteady cavitation occurs, in which sheet cavity breaks off and cloud cavity sheds downstream periodically. At that time, the sheet cavity length tends to be underestimated in usual CFD. In the present study, modification for the phase change model is suggested, which is based on an idea of apparent phase equilibrium on gas-liquid interface with unsteady and disturbed flow. At first, a preliminary experiment has been done for evaporation on two gas- liquid interfaces with and without flow, the result contributes the evidence of the idea of apparent phase equilibrium with flow. In the result, the pressure around gas-liquid interface with flow was higher than that without flow on the occasion of evaporation, it means flow accelerates evaporation. I treat the gap of the pressure as a gap of phase equilibrium pressure macroscopically. Then, numerical simulation of cavitating flow around a hydrofoil is performed with a modification of phase change model in the transient condition at higher angle of attack which is most difficult to predict by the present solvers. In the modification, the gap of the pressure with and without flow is taken into account according to a value of a local variation of velocity in the cavitating flow filed. The formulation is similar to the PDF model for phase change model in cavitation by Singhal. The numerical results by the present modification are compared among few pressure variation components which are assumed to accelerate the evaporation in transient cavitation

  16. International standard problem ISP36. Cora-W2 experiment on severe fuel damage for a Russian type PWR

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    An OECD/NEA-CSNI International Standard Problem (ISP) has been performed on the experimental comparison basis of the severe fuel damage experiment CORA-W2. The out-of-pile experiment CORA-W2 was executed in February 1993 at he Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe. The objective of this experiment was the investigation of the behavior of a Russian type PWR fuel element (VVER-1000) during early core degradation. The main difference between a Western type and a Russian type PWR bundle is the B4C absorber rod instead of AgInCd. Measured quantities ar boundary conditions, bundle temperature, hydrogen generation and the final bundle configurations after cooldown. The ISP was conducted as a blind exercise. Boundary conditions were estimated using ATHLET-CD. Six different severe accident codes were used. The comparisons between experimental and analytical results were grouped by codes and examined separately. The thermal behavior up to significant oxidation has been predicted quite well. Larger deviations have been observed for the oxidation-induced temperature escalation, both time of onset and maximum temperature as well. The bundle behavior is greatly influenced by chemical interactions involving B4C absorber rod material, which failed relatively early at low temperature due to eutectic interaction between B4C and SS cladding as well as the SS guide tube. Regarding the complex material interaction larger differences can be recognized between calculated and measured results because of inappropriate models for material relocation and solidification processes and the lack of models describing the interactions of absorber rod materials with the fuel rods. For the total amount of H2 generated, acceptable agreement could be achieved, if the total of oxidized zirconium was calculated correctly. The oxidation of stainless steel components and B4C were not treated. In general the confidence in code predictions decreases with processing core damage. (N.T.)

  17. Large-eddy simulation of cavitating nozzle flow and primary jet break-up

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    We employ a barotropic two-phase/two-fluid model to study the primary break-up of cavitating liquid jets emanating from a rectangular nozzle, which resembles a high aspect-ratio slot flow. All components (i.e., gas, liquid, and vapor) are represented by a homogeneous mixture approach. The cavitating fluid model is based on a thermodynamic-equilibrium assumption. Compressibility of all phases enables full resolution of collapse-induced pressure wave dynamics. The thermodynamic model is embedded into an implicit large-eddy simulation (LES) environment. The considered configuration follows the general setup of a reference experiment and is a generic reproduction of a scaled-up fuel injector or control valve as found in an automotive engine. Due to the experimental conditions, it operates, however, at significantly lower pressures. LES results are compared to the experimental reference for validation. Three different operating points are studied, which differ in terms of the development of cavitation regions and the jet break-up characteristics. Observed differences between experimental and numerical data in some of the investigated cases can be caused by uncertainties in meeting nominal parameters by the experiment. The investigation reveals that three main mechanisms promote primary jet break-up: collapse-induced turbulent fluctuations near the outlet, entrainment of free gas into the nozzle, and collapse events inside the jet near the liquid-gas interface

  18. Large-eddy simulation of cavitating nozzle flow and primary jet break-up

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    Örley, F., E-mail: felix.oerley@aer.mw.tum.de; Trummler, T.; Mihatsch, M. S.; Schmidt, S. J.; Adams, N. A. [Institute of Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics, Technische Universität München, Boltzmannstr. 15, 85748 Garching bei München (Germany); Hickel, S. [Institute of Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics, Technische Universität München, Boltzmannstr. 15, 85748 Garching bei München (Germany); Chair of Computational Aerodynamics, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, TU Delft, Kluyverweg 1, 2629 HS Delft (Netherlands)

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    We employ a barotropic two-phase/two-fluid model to study the primary break-up of cavitating liquid jets emanating from a rectangular nozzle, which resembles a high aspect-ratio slot flow. All components (i.e., gas, liquid, and vapor) are represented by a homogeneous mixture approach. The cavitating fluid model is based on a thermodynamic-equilibrium assumption. Compressibility of all phases enables full resolution of collapse-induced pressure wave dynamics. The thermodynamic model is embedded into an implicit large-eddy simulation (LES) environment. The considered configuration follows the general setup of a reference experiment and is a generic reproduction of a scaled-up fuel injector or control valve as found in an automotive engine. Due to the experimental conditions, it operates, however, at significantly lower pressures. LES results are compared to the experimental reference for validation. Three different operating points are studied, which differ in terms of the development of cavitation regions and the jet break-up characteristics. Observed differences between experimental and numerical data in some of the investigated cases can be caused by uncertainties in meeting nominal parameters by the experiment. The investigation reveals that three main mechanisms promote primary jet break-up: collapse-induced turbulent fluctuations near the outlet, entrainment of free gas into the nozzle, and collapse events inside the jet near the liquid-gas interface.

  19. Effect of different design features of the reactor on hydrodynamic cavitation process

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    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The determination of the effect of the change of inducers’ shape and surface on the cavitation process.Design/methodology/approach: Experimental studies of the effect of pressure changes in the function of the construction change of cavitation inducer on the hydrodynamic cavitation process.Findings: Selected effects of the cavitation process were discussed with variable pressures obtained by changing the geometry of cavitation inducer.Research limitations/implications: Analysis of the cavitation process in the function of geometric features of the cavitation inducer.Practical implications: The possibility of controlling the hydrodynamic cavitation process.Originality/value: The assessment of the effect of the cavitation reactor selection on the process or/and the selection of the solution for the specific conditions of the course of the cavitation process.

  20. Numerical study of a confocal ultrasonic setup for creation of cavitation

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    Lafond, Maxime, E-mail: maxime.lafond@inserm.fr; Chavrier, Françoise; Prieur, Fabrice [Inserm, U1032, LabTau, Lyon, F-69003 (France); Université de Lyon, Lyon, F-69003 (France); Université Lyon 1, Lyon, F-69003 (France); Mestas, Jean-Louis; Lafon, Cyril [Inserm, U1032, LabTau, Lyon, F-69003 (France); Université de Lyon, Lyon, F-69003 (France); Université Lyon 1, Lyon, F-69003 (France); Caviskills SAS, Vaulx-En-Velin, F-69120 (France)

    2015-10-28

    remains the location of the peak negative pressure in any case. Thus, unlike the location of the peak negative pressure for a single transducer can shift by a few millimeters, the focal point of a confocal device is independent of the power. This point is particularly important for therapeutic applications, frequently requiring high spatial accuracy. An experiment conducted shows that cavitation creation can be achieved easier with confocal ultrasound.

  1. Numerical study of a confocal ultrasonic setup for creation of cavitation

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    remains the location of the peak negative pressure in any case. Thus, unlike the location of the peak negative pressure for a single transducer can shift by a few millimeters, the focal point of a confocal device is independent of the power. This point is particularly important for therapeutic applications, frequently requiring high spatial accuracy. An experiment conducted shows that cavitation creation can be achieved easier with confocal ultrasound

  2. Single-phase and modified turbulence models for simulation of unsteady cavitating flows

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    The aim of this research is to provide a physical complete and numerical efficient simulation method to predict developed cavitation in hydrodynamic turbomachinery as well as in micro fluid dynamic applications, e.g. in high pressure injection nozzles of combustion engines. Cavitating two-phase flows are always very unstable, highly unsteady, 3-D and turbulent. To understand cavitation dynamics and its interaction with viscous effects like boundary layers and separation, we introduce the single-phase turbulence k - ω model of Wilcox without modifications with respect to dispersed structures of bubbly liquids, which overestimates viscous effects in the transitional regime between the vapor and liquid phase and tends to suppress typical cavitation instabilities. Consequently our further approach consists of modifications of the single-phase Wilcox model to account for the strong nonlinear variation of the turbulent viscosity μt, depending on the local void fraction α. The key issue of all numerical methods for simulation of cavitating flows is the treatment of the sudden density change of the fluid, in cold water up to 40.000:1, embedded in a global incompressible liquid flow. Here the two-phase fluid is modeled as dispersed mixture of an incompressible liquid and tiny vapor bubbles which grow or collapse, accordingly to the local static pressure and their convective transport. Therefore, the standard VOF method for capturing distinct interfaces without phase transition, e.g. free surface flow or single bubbles, is extended to include phase transition of dispersed mixtures. For simulation of bubble dynamics we apply the Rayleigh equation, which is completed by an energy balance to account for thermal effects, if hot water or if technical fluids others than water, e.g. refrigerants, with high vapor densities are considered. By using our CFD tool CAVKA we present examples of cavitating flow around hydrofoils and through single hole injection nozzles. Comparing Euler

  3. Laser-enhanced cavitation during high intensity focused ultrasound: An in vivo study

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    Cui, Huizhong; Zhang, Ti; Yang, Xinmai

    2013-04-01

    Laser-enhanced cavitation during high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) was studied in vivo using a small animal model. Laser light was employed to illuminate the sample concurrently with HIFU radiation. The resulting cavitation was detected with a passive cavitation detector. The in vivo measurements were made under different combinations of HIFU treatment depths, laser wavelengths, and HIFU durations. The results demonstrated that concurrent light illumination during HIFU has the potential to enhance cavitation effect by reducing cavitation threshold in vivo.

  4. Multiphase flow and cavitation - Comparison of Flow in Rectangular and Circular Nozzle

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    The paper describes the experimental measurement of cavitation domain at multiphase turbulent flows in rectangular and circular nozzle. The flowing medium is water. Both nozzles were measured at maximum flow range without saturation of circuit by air (without cavitation and with cavitation). Subsequently, the article describes the changes in the sizes of cavitation domain during multiphase flow if the circuit is saturated by the known amount of air. In the article the sizes of cavitation doma...

  5. Characterization of the cavitating flow in converging-diverging nozzle based on experimental investigations

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Cavitation phenomena occuring in converging-diverging nozzle (Venturi tube are described in the paper. A closed test circuit with possibility to control both flow rate and static pressure level were used. Loss coefficient was evaluated for different sigma numbers resulting in full „static“ characterization of the nozzle. Visualizations of the cavitation pattern development were acquired and matched with evolution of the loss coefficient. Three cavitation regimes are described: partial cavitation, fully developed cavitation, supercavitation.

  6. Effect of Spray Particle Velocity on Cavitation Erosion Resistance Characteristics of HVOF and HVAF Processed 86WC-10Co4Cr Hydro Turbine Coatings

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    Kumar, R. K.; Kamaraj, M.; Seetharamu, S.; Pramod, T.; Sampathkumaran, P.

    2016-06-01

    The hydro plants utilizing silt-laden water for power generation suffer from severe metal wastage due to particle-induced erosion and cavitation. High-velocity oxy-fuel process (HVOF)-based coatings is widely applied to improve the erosion life. The process parameters such as particle velocity, size, powder feed rate, temperature, affect their mechanical properties. The high-velocity air fuel (HVAF) technology, with higher particle velocities and lower spray temperatures, gives dense and substantially nonoxidized coating. In the present study, the cavitation resistance of 86WC-10Co4Cr-type HVOF coating processed at 680 m/s spray particle velocity was compared with HVAF coatings made at 895, 960, and 1010 m/s. The properties such as porosity, hardness, indentation toughness, and cavitation resistance were investigated. The surface damage morphology has been analyzed in SEM. The cohesion between different layers has been examined qualitatively through scratch depth measurements across the cross section. The HVAF coatings have shown a lower porosity, higher hardness, and superior cavitation resistance. Delamination, extensive cracking of the matrix interface, and detachment of the WC grains were observed in HVOF coating. The rate of metal loss is low in HVAF coatings implying that process parameters play a vital role in achieving improved cavitation resistance.

  7. Effect of Spray Particle Velocity on Cavitation Erosion Resistance Characteristics of HVOF and HVAF Processed 86WC-10Co4Cr Hydro Turbine Coatings

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    Kumar, R. K.; Kamaraj, M.; Seetharamu, S.; Pramod, T.; Sampathkumaran, P.

    2016-08-01

    The hydro plants utilizing silt-laden water for power generation suffer from severe metal wastage due to particle-induced erosion and cavitation. High-velocity oxy-fuel process (HVOF)-based coatings is widely applied to improve the erosion life. The process parameters such as particle velocity, size, powder feed rate, temperature, affect their mechanical properties. The high-velocity air fuel (HVAF) technology, with higher particle velocities and lower spray temperatures, gives dense and substantially nonoxidized coating. In the present study, the cavitation resistance of 86WC-10Co4Cr-type HVOF coating processed at 680 m/s spray particle velocity was compared with HVAF coatings made at 895, 960, and 1010 m/s. The properties such as porosity, hardness, indentation toughness, and cavitation resistance were investigated. The surface damage morphology has been analyzed in SEM. The cohesion between different layers has been examined qualitatively through scratch depth measurements across the cross section. The HVAF coatings have shown a lower porosity, higher hardness, and superior cavitation resistance. Delamination, extensive cracking of the matrix interface, and detachment of the WC grains were observed in HVOF coating. The rate of metal loss is low in HVAF coatings implying that process parameters play a vital role in achieving improved cavitation resistance.

  8. Observations of impeller tip cavitation in an axial flow pump

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    As the suction head of an axial-flow pump is reduced its performance is degraded by cavitation phenomena. Cavitation may occur in the inlet region or, in some instances, in the stator blades, however the most usual source is the impeller blading, specifically the tip section. Practical difficulties in cavitation testing and in obtaining data from the vicinity of rotating impeller have reduced the availability of consistent information on cavitation effects. The state of knowledge is such that quite fundamental effects may still be overlooked. Furthermore, even if the suction head is not reduced, cavitation resulting from increased blade loading may jeopardize performance. As the pump is throttled up its characteristic the pressures in the suction peak region may drop below the vapor pressure resulting in strong local cavitation. It is usual in the testing of axial pumps to discriminate between the effects of inlet and discharge throttling by plotting performance characteristics as a function of both of these variables. The purpose of the present investigation is not the systematic study of these variables over the whole range but rather the detailed photographic investigation of cavitation patterns in order to elucidate physical phenomena not previously observed or understood

  9. NUMERICAL PREDICTION OF BLADE FREQUENCY NOISE OF CAVITATING PROPELLER

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    YE Jin-ming; XIONG Ying; LI Fang; WANG Zhan-zhi

    2012-01-01

    The blade frequency noise of a cavitating propeller in a uniform flow is analyzed in the time domain.The unsteady loading (of a dipole source) and the sheet cavity volume (of a monopole source) on the propeller surface are calculated by a potential-based surface panel method.Then the time-dependent pressure and the cavity volume data are used as the input for the Fowcs Williams-Hawkings formulation to predict the acoustics pressure.The integration of the noise source is performed over the true blade surface rather than the ideal blade surface without thickness.The noise characteristics of the cavitating propeller are discussed.With the sheet cavitation,the thickness (cavitation) noise is larger than the loading noise and is the dominant noise source.The noise directivity is not as clear as that of the noise under a non-cavitation condition.The cavitation noise is attenuated more slowly than the non-cavitation noise.

  10. Use of hydrodynamic cavitation in (waste)water treatment.

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    Dular, Matevž; Griessler-Bulc, Tjaša; Gutierrez-Aguirre, Ion; Heath, Ester; Kosjek, Tina; Krivograd Klemenčič, Aleksandra; Oder, Martina; Petkovšek, Martin; Rački, Nejc; Ravnikar, Maja; Šarc, Andrej; Širok, Brane; Zupanc, Mojca; Žitnik, Miha; Kompare, Boris

    2016-03-01

    The use of acoustic cavitation for water and wastewater treatment (cleaning) is a well known procedure. Yet, the use of hydrodynamic cavitation as a sole technique or in combination with other techniques such as ultrasound has only recently been suggested and employed. In the first part of this paper a general overview of techniques that employ hydrodynamic cavitation for cleaning of water and wastewater is presented. In the second part of the paper the focus is on our own most recent work using hydrodynamic cavitation for removal of pharmaceuticals (clofibric acid, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, naproxen, diclofenac, carbamazepine), toxic cyanobacteria (Microcystis aeruginosa), green microalgae (Chlorella vulgaris), bacteria (Legionella pneumophila) and viruses (Rotavirus) from water and wastewater. As will be shown, hydrodynamic cavitation, like acoustic, can manifest itself in many different forms each having its own distinctive properties and mechanisms. This was until now neglected, which eventually led to poor performance of the technique. We will show that a different type of hydrodynamic cavitation (different removal mechanism) is required for successful removal of different pollutants. The path to use hydrodynamic cavitation as a routine water cleaning method is still long, but recent results have already shown great potential for optimisation, which could lead to a low energy tool for water and wastewater cleaning. PMID:26515938

  11. Mechanical heart valve cavitation in patients with bileaflet valves.

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    Johansen, Peter; Andersen, Tina S; Hasenkam, J Michael; Nygaard, Hans; Paulsen, Peter K

    2014-01-01

    Today, the quality of mechanical heart valves is quite high, and implantation has become a routine clinical procedure with a low operative mortality (valves are thought of having higher cavitation potential than bileaflet valves due to higher closing velocities. However, the thromboembolic potential seems to be the same. Further studies are therefore needed to investigate the cavitation potential of bileaflet valves in vivo. The post processing of HFPF have shown difficulties when applied on bileaflet vavles due to asynchronous closure of the two leaflets. The aim of this study was therefore to isolate the pressure signature from each leaflet closure and perform cavitation analyses on each component. Six patients were included in the study (St. Jude Medical (n=3) and CarboMedics (n=3); all aortic bileaflet mechanical heart valves). HFPFs were recorded intraoperatively through a hydrophone at the aortic root. The pressure signature relating to the first and second leaflet closure was isolated and cavitation parameters were calculated (RMS after 50 kHz highpass filtering and signal energy). Data were averaged over 30 heart cycles. For all patients both the RMS value and signal energy of the second leaflet closure were higher than for the first leaflet closure. This indicates that the second leaflet closure is most prone to cause cavitation. Therefore, quantifying cavitation based on the HFPF related to the second leaflet closure may suggest that the cavitation potential for bileaflet valves in vivo may be higher than previous studies have suggested. PMID:25571278

  12. The ORTEGA experiment: A study of damage with radiography and velocimetry

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    Furlanetto, Michael

    2011-06-01

    The ORTEGA experiment consisted of two identical samples of lead (4% antimony) driven by small charges of high explosive (HE). Flash x-radiography formed the key measurement. A short pulse of x-rays ``froze'' the motion much like a flash camera system and thereby permitted examination of the instantaneous internal spatial density distribution of the rapidly moving material. Two radiographs were taken encompassing both samples in each image and separated in time by ~4 microseconds to allow observation of the evolution of the samples. Over a longer period of time, the pressure loading of the lead was determined by measuring the velocity of the leading surface at six points on each sample. One of these points recorded velocity histories with the Velocity Interferometer System for Any Reflector (VISAR) diagnostic, while the other five were recorded with Photonic Doppler Velocimetry (PDV). Simultaneously, detonation symmetry in each package was monitored by electrical pins embedded in the HE. This presentation will review the experimental motivation, setup, and data, illustrating the reproducibility of shock measurements in HE-driven spall experiments by simultaneous measurement of two nominally-identical samples. Subsequent presentation will review pre-shot hydrocode calculations and will discuss the radiographic measurements in more detail.

  13. Cavitation-enhanced nonthermal ablation in deep brain targets: feasibility in a large animal model.

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    Arvanitis, Costas D; Vykhodtseva, Natalia; Jolesz, Ferenc; Livingstone, Margaret; McDannold, Nathan

    2016-05-01

    OBJECT Transcranial MRI-guided focused ultrasound (TcMRgFUS) is an emerging noninvasive alternative to surgery and radiosurgery that is undergoing testing for tumor ablation and functional neurosurgery. The method is currently limited to central brain targets due to skull heating and other factors. An alternative ablative approach combines very low intensity ultrasound bursts and an intravenously administered microbubble agent to locally destroy the vasculature. The objective of this work was to investigate whether it is feasible to use this approach at deep brain targets near the skull base in nonhuman primates. METHODS In 4 rhesus macaques, targets near the skull base were ablated using a clinical TcMRgFUS system operating at 220 kHz. Low-duty-cycle ultrasound exposures (sonications) were applied for 5 minutes in conjunction with the ultrasound contrast agent Definity, which was administered as a bolus injection or continuous infusion. The acoustic power level was set to be near the inertial cavitation threshold, which was measured using passive monitoring of the acoustic emissions. The resulting tissue effects were investigated with MRI and with histological analysis performed 3 hours to 1 week after sonication. RESULTS Thirteen targets were sonicated in regions next to the optic tract in the 4 animals. Inertial cavitation, indicated by broadband acoustic emissions, occurred at acoustic pressure amplitudes ranging from 340 to 540 kPa. MRI analysis suggested that the lesions had a central region containing red blood cell extravasations that was surrounded by edema. Blood-brain barrier disruption was observed on contrast-enhanced MRI in the lesions and in a surrounding region corresponding to the prefocal area of the FUS system. In histology, lesions consisting of tissue undergoing ischemic necrosis were found in all regions that were sonicated above the inertial cavitation threshold. Tissue damage in prefocal areas was found in several cases, suggesting that in

  14. Ageing tests of radiation damaged lasers and photodiodes for the CMS experiment at CERN

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    Gill, K; Batten, J; Cervelli, G; Grabit, R; Jensen, F; Troska, Jan K; Vasey, F

    2000-01-01

    The effects of thermally accelerated ageing in irradiated and unirradiated 1310 nm InGaAsP edge-emitting lasers and InGaAs p-i-n photodiodes are presented. 40 lasers (20 irradiated) and 30 photodiodes (19 irradiated) were aged for 4000 hours at 80 degrees C. Periodic measurements were made of laser threshold and efficiency, and p-i-n leakage current and photocurrent. There were no sudden failures and there was very little wearout related degradation in either unirradiated or irradiated sample groups. The results suggest that the tested devices have a sufficiently long lifetime to operate for at least 10 years inside the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment despite being exposed to a harsh radiation environment. (19 refs).

  15. ISP-31 OECD/NEA/CSNI International Standard Problem n.31. Cora-13 experiment on severe fuel damage. Comparison report

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    The severe fuel damage experiment CORA-13 has been offered as CSNI-International Standard Problem (ISP) No. 31. The out-of-pile experiment CORA-13 was executed in November 1990 at Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe. The major objectives of this experiment were to investigate the behavior of PWR fuel elements during early core degradation and fast cooldown due to refill. Measured quantities are boundary conditions, bundle temperatures, hydrogen generation and the final bundle configuration. The ISP was conducted as a blind exercise. Boundary conditions which could not be measured, but which are necessary for simplified test simulation (axial power profile, shroud insulation temperature, bundle refill flow) were estimated using ATHLET-CD. Results to the ISP were submitted by 9 participants using different versions of SCDAP/RELAP5, and codes such as FRAS-SFD, ICARE2, KESS-III, MELCOR. The thermal behavior up to significant oxidation has been predicted quite well by most of the codes. In general, the capability of the codes in calculating the main degradation phenomena has been clearly illustrated and weaknesses concerning the modelling of some degradation processes have been identified. Among the degradation phenomena involved in the test, the more severe limitations concern the UO2-ZrO2 dissolution by molten Zr, the solubility limits in the resulting U-Zr-O mixture and the cladding failure by the molten mixture

  16. Cryogenic Cavitating Flow in 2D Laval Nozzle

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    Naoki Tani; Toshio Nagashima

    2003-01-01

    Cavitation is one of the troublesome problems in rocket turbo pumps, and since most of high-efficiency rocket propellants are cryogenic fluids, so called "thermodynamic effect" becomes more evident than in water. In the present study, numerical and experimental study of liquid nitrogen cavitation in 2D Laval nozzle was carried out,so that the influence of thermodynamic effect was examined. It was revealed that temperature and cavitation have strong inter-relationship with each other in thermo-sensitive cryogenic fluids.

  17. Effects of cavitation on high-pressure atomization

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    Dabiri Satari, Sadegh

    2009-12-01

    Although disintegration and breakup of a liquid jet emerging from a nozzle has been studied for a long time, the effects of nozzle internal flow and specifically cavitation on the breakup of liquid jets have not been well understood. In the orifice of liquid injectors at high pressure, cavitation occurs behind the sharp corners, where a strong pressure drop is present due to quick change in the flow direction. In addition, a high level of shear stress is present inside the boundary layer. Therefore, it is important to understand the influence of the shear on the cavitation. There are two main questions to be answered: What is the effect of the shear stress on the cavitation inception? And, how does the shear stress influence the cavitation bubble dynamics? In order to answer the above questions, the laminar flow of a liquid through the orifice of an atomizer is studied by means of numerical solution of Navier-Stokes equations. The total-stress criterion for cavitation is applied to find the regions where cavitation is likely to occur and compared with those of the traditional pressure criterion. Results show that the viscous stress has significant effects on cavitation inception. Cavitation bubble dynamics is also affected by the presence of shear strain or normal strain in the flow. Interaction between a single cavitation bubble and strained flow is considered in the next part. As a result of interaction between the shear flow and the bubble, two re-entrant jets are observed on two sides of the bubble during the collapse phase. Re-entrant jets with enough strength could breakup the bubble into smaller bubbles. Finally, four sources of disturbances are proposed that could be responsible for the improvement of atomization due to cavitation. Three of these sources are monopoles, quadrupoles and the vorticity generated during the bubble growth and collapse. It is shown that the monopole sources have the strongest contribution to the disturbances at the orifice exit

  18. Ultrasound-induced inertial cavitation from gas-stabilizing nanoparticles

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    Kwan, J. J.; Graham, S.; Myers, R.; Carlisle, R.; Stride, E.; Coussios, C. C.

    2015-08-01

    The understanding of cavitation from nanoparticles has been hindered by the inability to control nanobubble size. We present a method to manufacture nanoparticles with a tunable single hemispherical depression (nanocups) of mean diameter 90, 260, or 650 nm entrapping a nanobubble. A modified Rayleigh-Plesset crevice model predicts the inertial cavitation threshold as a function of cavity size and frequency, and is verified experimentally. The ability to tune cavitation nanonuclei and predict their behavior will be useful for applications ranging from cancer therapy to ultrasonic cleaning.

  19. Report on research of calculus fragmentation by HIFU-induced cavitation in Tsinghua University: 2. Thermal effects

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    Thermal effects in the research of breaking kidney stones using HIFU-induced cavitation were studied. Damages to the phantom could be observed after an acting period of HIFU. It was shown that temperature rise is much greater in phantom than in water. Greatest changes occur near the focal region of HIFU transducer. Distinct temperature changes can be observed with input of continuous signals, while modest changes appear with input of pulsed signals. The fact that pulsed signals generate less damage, indicate the favourable acting patterns of HIFU. More tests are being done at the moment.

  20. Out-of-Body Experiences and Other Complex Dissociation Experiences in a Patient with Unilateral Peripheral Vestibular Damage and Deficient Multisensory Integration.

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    Kaliuzhna, Mariia; Vibert, Dominique; Grivaz, Petr; Blanke, Olaf

    2015-01-01

    Out-of-body experiences (OBEs) are illusory perceptions of one's body from an elevated disembodied perspective. Recent theories postulate a double disintegration process in the personal (visual, proprioceptive and tactile disintegration) and extrapersonal (visual and vestibular disintegration) space as the basis of OBEs. Here we describe a case which corroborates and extends this hypothesis. The patient suffered from peripheral vestibular damage and presented with OBEs and lucid dreams. Analysis of the patient's behaviour revealed a failure of visuo-vestibular integration and abnormal sensitivity to visuo-tactile conflicts that have previously been shown to experimentally induce out-of-body illusions (in healthy subjects). In light of these experimental findings and the patient's symptomatology we extend an earlier model of the role of vestibular signals in OBEs. Our results advocate the involvement of subcortical bodily mechanisms in the occurrence of OBEs. PMID:26595959

  1. Characterization of erosion of metallic materials under cavitation attack in a mineral oil

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    Rao, B. C. S.; Buckley, D. H.

    1985-01-01

    Cavitation erosion and erosion rates of eight metallic materials representing three crystal structures were studied. The erosion experiments were conducted with a 20-kHz ultrasonic magnetostrictive oscillator in a viscous mineral oil. The erosion rates of the metals with an fcc matrix were 10 to 100 times higher than that of an hop-matrix titanium alloy. The erosion rates of iron and molybdenum, with bcc matrices, were higher than that of the titanium alloy but lower than those of those of the fcc materials. Studies with scanning electron microscopy indicated that the cavitation pits were initially formed at the grain boundaries and precipitates and that the pits formed at the junction of grain boundaries grew faster than the others. Transcrystalline craters formed by cavitation attack over the surface of grains and roughened the surfaces by multiple slip and twinning. Surface roughness measurements showed that the pits that formed over the grain boundaries deepened faster than pits. Computer analysis revealed that a geometric expression describes the nondimensional erosion curves during the time period 0.5 t (sub 0) t 2.5 t (sub 0), where t (sub 0) is the incubation period. The fcc metals had very short incubation periods; the titanium alloy had the longest incubation period.

  2. Evaluation of turbulence models for the numerical prediction of transient cavitation around a hydrofoil

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    The objective of this paper is to evaluate the predictive capability of three turbulence models for the simulation of unsteady cavitating flows around a 2D Clark-y hydrofoil. Three turbulence models were standard k-ε model, hybrid model of density correction model (DCM) and filter-based model (FBM) and an improved partially-averaged Navier-Stokes model (PANS) based on k-ε model. Using the above-mentioned turbulence models and a homogeneous cavitation model, the unsteady cloud cavitation flows around the hydrofoil were numerically simulated and the time evolutions of cavity shape and lift evolutions over time were obtained. The results with comparison to a tunnel experiment data show that the hybrid model and PANS model can accurately capture unsteady cavity shedding details, fluctuation frequency and amplitude of lift and drag. The k-ε model has a poor agreement with the real experimental visualizations and this is mainly attributed to an over prediction of the turbulent viscosity in the rear part of the cavity, which limits the reentrant jet fully reaching the leading edge. The adverse pressure gradient plays an important role in the progression of the reentrant jet. Both the shock wave generated by the collapse of the cloud cavity and the growth of attached sheet cavity contribute to the increase of adverse pressure gradient

  3. Electrochemical degradation of reactive dye in the presence of water jet cavitation.

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    Wang, Xiaoning; Jia, Jinping; Wang, Yalin

    2010-03-01

    Degradation of a reactive dye, Brilliant Red X-3B, induced by electrolysis coupled with water jet cavitation was studied. The experiment was performed in 4.5L of aqueous solution containing X-3B concentrations ranging from 40 to 120mg/L by applying Ti-IrO(2) as anode and graphite as cathode. The water jet cavitation process decreased the diffusion layer thickness and consequently increased the current density. Compared to water jet cavitation and electrolysis alone, the combination of the two methods enhanced X-3B removal and showed a synergistic effect. The azo bond of the dye molecule was broken down and the naphthalene ring was transformed to multi-substituted benzene during the combined process. The dye degradation rate increased with increasing concentration. Acidic conditions (e.g., pH 1) favored the decolorization of the reactive dye. The use of TiO(2) coated with IrO(2) as anode and graphite as cathode showed the best performance for the dye removal efficiency, compared to other electrode pairs. Addition of SO(4)(2-), NO(3)(-), and especially Cl(-) ions into solution significantly enhanced the degradation. However, CO(3)(2-) inhibited the dye decolorization. PMID:19945899

  4. Specific decontamination methods: water nozzle, cavitation erosion

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    The erosion and decontamination tests carried out in the framework of this study, allowed to specify the fields favourable to the use of the high pressure jet taking into account the determinant parameters that are the pressure and the target-nozzle distance. The previous spraying of gels with chemical reagents (sulfuric acid anf hydrazine) allows to get better decontamination factors. Then, the feasibility study of a decontamination method by cavitation erosion is presented. Gelled compounds for decontamination have been developed; their decontamination quality has been evaluated by comparative contamination tests in laboratory and decontamination tests of samples of materials used in nuclear industry; this last method is adapted to remote handling devices and produces a low quantity of secondary effluents, so it allows to clean high contaminated installation on the site without additional exposure of the personnel

  5. Severe fuel damage experiments performed in the QUENCH facility with 21-rod bundles of LWR-type

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    The objective of the QUENCH experimental program at the Karlsruhe Research Center is to investigate core degradation and the hydrogen source term that results from quenching/flooding an uncovered core, to examine the physical/chemical behavior of overheated fuel elements under different flooding conditions, and to create a data base for model development and improvement of severe fuel damage (SFD) code systems. The large-scale 21-rod bundle experiments conducted in the QUENCH out-of-pile facility are supported by an extensive separate-effects test program, by modeling activities as well as application and improvement of SFD code systems. International cooperations exist with institutions mainly within the European Union but e.g. also with the Russian Academy of Science (IBRAE, Moscow) and the CSARP program of the USNRC. So far, eleven experiments have been performed, two of them with B4C absorber material. Experimental parameters were: the temperature at initiation of reflood, the degree of peroxidation, the quench medium, i.e. water or steam, and its injection rate, the influence of a B4C absorber rod, the effect of steam-starved conditions before quench, the influence of air oxidation before quench, and boil-off behavior of a water-filled bundle with subsequent quenching. The paper gives an overview of the QUENCH program with its organizational structure, describes the test facility and the test matrix with selected experimental results. (author)

  6. Design method of water jet pump towards high cavitation performances

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    Cao, L. L.; Che, B. X.; Hu, L. J.; Wu, D. Z.

    2016-05-01

    As one of the crucial components for power supply, the propulsion system is of great significance to the advance speed, noise performances, stabilities and other associated critical performances of underwater vehicles. Developing towards much higher advance speed, the underwater vehicles make more critical demands on the performances of the propulsion system. Basically, the increased advance speed requires the significantly raised rotation speed of the propulsion system, which would result in the deteriorated cavitation performances and consequently limit the thrust and efficiency of the whole system. Compared with the traditional propeller, the water jet pump offers more favourite cavitation, propulsion efficiency and other associated performances. The present research focuses on the cavitation performances of the waterjet pump blade profile in expectation of enlarging its advantages in high-speed vehicle propulsion. Based on the specifications of a certain underwater vehicle, the design method of the waterjet blade with high cavitation performances was investigated in terms of numerical simulation.

  7. Experimental study on cavitation in centrifugal pump impellers

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    Investigations concerning cavitation in centrifugal impellers were carried out in a closed circuit. The value of net positive suction head (NPSH) at different head drops and at breakdown were used to verify the affinity laws

  8. Influence of cavitation on near nozzle exit spray

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    Mirshahi, M.; Yan, Y.; Nouri, J. M.

    2015-12-01

    The importance of cavitation inside multi-hole injectors for direct injection internal combustion (IC) engineshas been addressed in many previous investigations. Still, the effect of cavitation on jet spray, its stability and liquid breakup and atomisation is not yet fully understood. The current experimental work aims to address some of these issues. It focuses on the initiation and development of cavitation inside a 7× enlarged transparent model of a symmetric 6-hole spark ignition direct injection (SIDI) injector and quantifies the effect of cavitation on near-nozzle spray cone angle and stability utilising high speed Mie scattering visualisation. The regions studied include the full length of the nozzle and its exitjet spray wherethe primary breakup takes place.

  9. Cavitation Performance of a Centrifugal Pump with Water and Mercury

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    Hammitt, F. G.; Barton, R. K.; Cramer, V. F.; Robinson, M. J.

    1961-01-01

    The cavitation performance of a given centrifugal pump with water (hot and cold) and mercury is compared. It is found that there are significant scale effects with all fluids tested, with the Thoma cavitation parameter decreasing in all cases for increased pump speed or fluid Reynolds' number. The data for a fixed flow coefficient fall into a single curve when plotted against pump speed (or fluid velocity), rather than against Reynolds' number. Conversely, the Thoma parameter for a given Reynolds' number is approximately twice as large for mercury as for water. The direction of this variation is as predicted from consideration of the cavitation thermodynamic parameters which vary by a factor of 10(exp 7) between these fluids. No difference in cavitation performance between hot and cold water (approximately 160 F and 80 F) was observed, However, the thermodynamic parameters vary only by a factor of 5.

  10. Optimization of centrifugal pump cavitation performance based on CFD

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    Xie, S. F.; Wang, Y.; Liu, Z. C.; Zhu, Z. T.; Ning, C.; Zhao, L. F.

    2015-01-01

    In order to further improve the cavitation performance of a centrifugal pump, slots on impeller blade near inlet were studied and six groups of hydraulic model were designed. Base on cavitating flow feature inside a centrifugal pump, bubble growth and implosion are calculated from the Rayleigh-Plesset equation which describes the dynamic behavior of spherical bubble and RNG κ-epsilon model was employed to simulate and analyze the internal two-phase flow of the model pump under the same conditions. The simulation results show that slots on blade near inlet could improve the cavitation performance and cavitation performance improvement of the second group was more obvious. Under the same conditions, the pressure on the back of blade near inlet was higher than the pressure on the back of unmodified blade near inlet, and energy distribution in the flow channel between the two blades was more uniform with a small change of head.

  11. Hign-speed penetration of projectile with cavitator into sand

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    Daurskikh, Anna; Veldanov, Vladislav

    2011-06-01

    Cavitators are used in underwater projectiles design to form a cavern in which projectile could move with no or significantly reduced drag. An investigation of possible application of this structural element for penetration into porous media was conducted. High-speed impact of a conical-shaped head projectile with cavitator was studied in terms of its influence on penetration capacity and projectile stability in sand for impact velocity about 1500 m/s. Cavitators were manufactured of steel with different strength moduli, and thus two penetration regimes (with eroding/non-eroding cavitator) were compared. Numerical simulations showing wave propagation in target and projectile were performed in AUTODYN with Johnson-Cook model for projectile and granular model for sand.

  12. Simulations of Steady Cavitating Flow in a Small Francis Turbine

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    Laouari, Ahmed; Ghenaiet, Adel

    2016-01-01

    The turbulent flow through a small horizontal Francis turbine is solved by means of Ansys-CFX at different operating points, with the determination of the hydrodynamic performance and the best efficiency point. The flow structures at different regimes reveal a large flow eddy in the runner and a swirl in the draft tube. The use of the mixture model for the cavity/liquid two-phase flow allowed studying the influence of cavitation on the hydrodynamic performance and revealed cavitation pockets ...

  13. BIODIESEL PRODUCTION FROM WASTE COOKING OIL USING HYDRODINAMIC CAVITATION

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    Muhammad Dani Supardan; Satriana; Mahlinda

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this research was to study biodiesel production from low cost feedstock of waste cooking oil (WCO) using hydrodynamic cavitation apparatus. A two-step processes esterification process and transesterification process using hydrodynamic cavitation for the production of biodiesel from WCO is presented. The first step is acid-catalyzed esteri-fication process for reducing free fatty acid (FFA) content of WCO and followed by base-catalyzed transesterification process for converting WCO ...

  14. CFD Analysis of Cavitation Erosion Potential in Hydraulic Machinery

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    Sedlář, M.; Zima, Patrik; Müller, M.

    Brno : University of Technology, 2009 - (Rudolf, P.), s. 205-214 ISBN 978-80-214-3947-4. [IAHR International Meeting of the Workgroup on Cavitation and Dynamic Problems in Hydraulic Machinery and Systems /3./. Brno (CZ), 14.10.2009-16.10.2009] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA101/07/1612 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20760514 Keywords : cavitation erosion * bubble dynamics * CFD analysis Subject RIV: BK - Fluid Dynamics

  15. Modeling of Unsteady Sheet Cavitation on Marine Propeller Blades

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    Spyros A. Kinnas; HanSeong Lee; Yin L. Young

    2003-01-01

    Unsteady sheet cavitation is very common on marine propulsor blades. The authors summarize a lifting-surface and a surface-panel model to solve for the unsteady cavitating flow around a propeller that is subject to nonaxisymmetric inflow. The time-dependent extent and thickness of the cavity were determined by using an iterative method. The cavity detachment was determined by applying the smooth detachment criterion in an iterative manner. A nonzeroradius developed vortex cavity model was uti...

  16. Cavitation erosion resistance of microarc oxidation coating on aluminium alloy

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    Cheng, Feng [School of Mechanical Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing, 211189 (China); Jiang, Shuyun, E-mail: jiangshy@seu.edu.cn [School of Mechanical Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing, 211189 (China); Liang, Jun [State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou, 730000 (China)

    2013-09-01

    Two ceramic coatings are prepared on 2124 aluminum alloy by microarc oxidation (MAO) technology. To explore the cavitation erosion resistance of the MAO coating, cavitation tests were performed by using a rotating-disk test rig. The mass losses, surface morphologies, chemical compositions and the phase constituents of the samples after cavitation tests were examined by using digital balance, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD), respectively. The results indicate that the MAO coatings can extend the incubation period of aluminum alloy, and thus enhance the cavitation erosion resistance as compared to the untreated aluminum alloy samples. After duration of 63 h cavitation test, a lot of erosion pits and the particles in various shapes can be observed on the surfaces of the aluminum alloy samples, while only a few erosion pits are observed on the MAO coatings. Moreover, the mean depths of erosion on the MAO coatings are lower in the first 30 h and are independent on erosion time. The results show that the cavitation erosion of MAO coating is governed by water mechanical impaction, resulting from the effects of brittle fracture of the MAO coating.

  17. Multi-resolution analysis of passive cavitation detector signals

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    Passive cavitation detectors are widely used for measuring acoustic emissions from cavitating bubbles. Acoustic emissions related to the dynamics of oscillating bubbles contain complex time and frequency domain information. Signal processing techniques traditionally used to analyse transient and stationary signals may be of limited value when analysing such acoustic emissions. This paper describes a multi-resolution approach developed for processing acoustic emissions data. The technique consists of the combination of a discrete wavelet transform and of the statistical and spectral analysis to extract cavitation features. These features include broadband emissions and harmonic, sub-harmonic and ultra-harmonic information. The implementation of the technique on experimental datasets demonstrates that this approach provides detailed information about key features of the acoustic signal, especially in complex situations where different types of cavitation occur simultaneously. Furthermore, statistical metrics used in this technique can provide a quantitative means for classifying signatures of cavitation, particularly the broadband segment of the spectrum created by inertial cavitation, which constitutes novel work

  18. Promotion of Cultural Heritage in Batangas and Cavite

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available – The study aimed to identify the commonly visited cultural heritage sites in Batangas and Cavite; to assess the cultural heritage sites in Batangas and Cavite in terms of physical, social and economic aspects; and to determine existing promotional patterns of Batangas and Cavite. Descriptive type of research was utilized in the study. Results showed that the most visited cultural heritage attraction in Taal, Batangas was Basilica of St. Martin de Tours while in Maragondon, Cavite the most visited was Andres Bonifacio Trial House . Blogs, Websites and Facebook are mostly used by the municipality of Taal in promoting their cultural heritage sites. While Cavite sticks to always using leaflets/flyers, brochures as their promotional materials. Cultural heritage sites in both Taal and Maragondon were perceived to have positive results in the assessments based on different aspects such as physical, social and economic aspects. The promotional materials of Taal and Maragondon are often used. A proposed plan of action was made to promote cultural attraction in Maragondon, Cavite and Taal, Batangas.

  19. CAVITATION CONTROL BY AERATION AND ITS COMPRESSIBLE CHARACTERISTICS

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    DONG Zhi-yong; SU Pei-lan

    2006-01-01

    This paper presents an experimental investigation and a theoretical analysis of cavitation control by aeration and its compressible characteristics at the flow velocity V=20m/s-50m/s. Pressure waveforms with and without aeration in cavitation region were measured. The variation of compression ratio with air concentration was described, and the relation between the least air concentration to prevent cavitation erosion and flow velocity proposed based on our experimental study. The experimental results show that aeration remarkably increases the pressure in cavitation region, and the corresponding pressure wave exhibits a compression wave/shock wave. The pressure increase in cavitation region of high-velocity flow with aeration is due to the fact that the compression waves/shock wave after the flow is aerated. The compression ratio increases with air concentration rising. The relation between flow velocity and least air concentration to prevent cavitation erosion follows a semi-cubical parabola. Also, the speed of sound and Mach number of high-velocity aerated flow were analyzed.

  20. Researches upon the cavitation erosion behaviour of austenite steels

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    Bordeasu, I.; Popoviciu, M. O.; Mitelea, I.; Salcianu, L. C.; Bordeasu, D.; Duma, S. T.; Iosif, A.

    2016-02-01

    Paper analyzes the cavitation erosion behavior of two stainless steels with 100% austenitic structure but differing by the chemical composition and the values of mechanical properties. The research is based on the MDE(t) and MDER(t) characteristic curves. We studied supplementary the aspect of the eroded areas by other to different means: observations with performing optical microscopes and roughness measurements. The tests were done in the T2 vibratory facility in the Cavitation Laboratory of the Timisoara Polytechnic University. The principal purpose of the study is the identification of the elements influencing significantly the cavitation erosion resistance. It was established the effect of the principal chemical components (determining the proportion of the structural components in conformity the Schaffler diagram) upon the cavitation erosion resistance. The results of the researches present the influence of the proportion of unstable austenite upon cavitation erosion resistance. The stainless steel with the great proportion of unstable austenite has the best behavior. The obtained conclusion are important for the metallurgists which realizes the stainless steels used for manufacturing the runners of hydraulic machineries (turbines and pumps) with increased resistance to cavitation attack.

  1. Controlling the cavitation phenomenon of evolution on a butterfly valve

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    Development of the phenomenon of cavitation in cavitation behavior requires knowledge of both plant and equipment working in the facility. This paper presents a diagram of cavitational behavior for a butterfly valve with a diameter of 100 mm at various openings, which was experimentally built. We proposed seven stages of evolution of the phenomenon of cavitation in the case of a butterfly valve. All these phases are characterized by pressure drop, noise and vibration at various flow rates and flow sections through the valve. The level of noise and vibration for the seven stages of development of the phenomenon of cavitation were measured simultaneously. The experimental measurements were comprised in a knowledge database used in training of a neural network of a neural flow controller that maintains flow rate constantly in the facility by changing the opening butterfly valve. A fuzzy position controller is used to access the valve open. This is the method proposed to provide operational supervision outside the cavitation for a butterfly valve.

  2. A piezoelectric polymer cavitation sensor installed in an emulsion generation microchannel device and an evaluation of cavitation state

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    Kanda, Takefumi; Yabumoto, Masaki; Suzumori, Koichi

    2016-07-01

    In previous works, ultrasonic emulsification was realized using small microchannel devices oscillated by piezoelectric transducers. By using the devices, the emulsification in the flow process was also realized. In these devices, the driving frequency was higher than 2 MHz. This value is higher than the maximum audible field. On the other hand, the frequency is too high to utilize the cavitation effect. This is because the cavitation threshold depends on the frequency. The aim of this study is to confirm the cavitation state in the microchannel device using a piezoelectric polymer sensor. A micropatterned cavitation detection sensor has been fabricated by a photolithography technique and evaluated in a high-intensity ultrasound field. The emulsification state in the microchannel device has been evaluated using the fabricated sensor.

  3. Simulations of material damage to divertor and first wall armour under ITER transient loads by modelling and experiments

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    Operation of ITER at high fusion gain is assumed to be the H-mode. A characteristic feature of this regime is the transient energy release (TE) from the confined plasma onto plasma facing components (PFCs), which can play a determining role in lifetime of these components. The expected fluxes on the ITER PFCs during transients are: Type I ELM Q = 0.5 - 4 MJ/m2 in timescales t = 0.3 - 0.6 ms, and thermal quench Q = 2 - 13 MJ/m2 with t = 1 - 3 ms. CFC and tungsten macrobrush armour are foreseen as PFCs for ITER divertor and Be - as FW armour. During the intense TE in ITER the evaporation (CFC, W, Be) and surface melting and melt splashing (W and Be) are seen as the main mechanisms of PFC erosion. A noticeable erosion of CFC PAN fibres and rather intense crack formation for the W targets were observed in plasma gun experiments at rather small heat loads at which the melt damage to W armour is not substantial. The expected erosion of the ITER PFCs TE can be properly estimated by numerical simulations validated against erosion experiments at the plasma gun facilities QSPA-T, MK- 200UG and QSPA-Kh50. Within collaboration between EU fusion programme and Russian Federation, CFC and W macrobrush targets manufactured in EU were exposed to multiple ITER TE-like loads with Q = 0.5 - 2.2 MJ/m2 and t = 0 .5 ms at the QSPA-T. The measured erosion was used to validate the modelling codes developed in FZK (PEGASUS, MEMOS, and others), which are then applied to model the erosion of the divertor and main chamber ITER PFCs under expected transient loads in ITER. Numerical simulations performed for the expected ITER-like loads predicted: a significant erosion of the CFC target for Q > 0.5 MJ/m2 was caused by the inhomogeneous structure of the CFC; the W macrobrush structure is effective in preventing gross melt layer displacement. Optimization of macrobrush geometry to minimize melt splashing is done. Different mechanisms of melt splashing are compared with the results obtained in QSPA

  4. Predicting the Inception Cavitation of a Reversible Pump- Turbine in Pump Mode

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    Tao, Ran; Xiao, Ruofu; Zhu, Di; Liu, Weichao

    2015-12-01

    Inception cavitation is a crucial indicator for reversible pump-turbines especially in pump mode. In actual applications, it is difficult to use CFD for the inception cavitation character. In this study, CFD simulation is conducted to find a proper way to evaluate the inception cavitation, different levels of vapor volume fraction in the impeller is predicted based on the tested results. Results show that the prediction of the location and scale of cavitation is accurate. The predicted cavitation number also matches the experimental data well. The vapor volume fraction levels from 0.0001% to 0.001% are recommended as the criterion of inception cavitation.

  5. Evaluation of Turbulence Models Performance in Predicting Incipient Cavitation in an Enlarged Step-Nozzle

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    Naseri, H.; Koukouvinis, P.; Gavaises, M.

    2015-12-01

    Predictive capability of RANS and LES models to calculate incipient cavitation of water in a step nozzle is assessed. The RANS models namely, Realizable k-ε, SST k-ω and Reynolds Stress Model did not predict any cavitation, due to the limitation of RANS models to predict the low pressure vortex cores. LES WALE model was able to predict the cavitation by capturing the shear layer instability and vortex shedding. The performance of a barotropic cavitation model and Rayleigh-Plesset-based cavitation models was compared using WALE model. Although the phase change formulation is different in these models, the predicted cavitation and flow field were not significantly different.

  6. Specialists' meeting on cavitation criteria for designing mechanisms working in sodium: Application to pumps. Summary report

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    The purpose of the meeting was to provide a forum for discussions and exchanges of views on cavitation phenomena in sodium, cavitation tests on pump models in water and sodium, application of test results to LMFBR plants, impact on sodium pump design. Topics of interest were also detection methods for cavitation during tests and cavitation problems in electro-magnetic pumps. Two categories of papers were presented: national position papers and specialised topical papers. The main topics discussed, in three sessions were the following: National papers on cavitation; cavitation tests, performance, measuring methods and results; application of test results and implications on the future programmes

  7. Study of limiter damage in a magnetic-field error region of the ZT-40M experiment

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    A study has been initiated of material plasma interactions on the ZT-40M, Reversed Field Pinch (RFP) plasma physics confinement experiment at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Observations of the evaporation and cracking to TiC coatings, initially placed on an AXF-5Q Graphite mushroom limiter, installed in a high field error region (e.g. an experimental vacuum vessel/liner port) were investigated. A parametric study was performed of the thermal and stress behavior of the limiter and coating materials undergoing plasma material heat exchange processes, in order to infer the magnitude of heat flux necessary to explain the observed material damage. In addition the vacuum (liner) wall material behavior was studied parametrically using the same heat flux values as the limiter study. A one-dimensional conduction model was used with applied heat and radiation boundary conditions, for predicting temperature distributions in space and time, where the thermal stress was calculated using a restrained in bending only plate model. Wall loadings corresponding to first wall, limiter energy fluxes ranging between 1 x 102 W/cm2 and 1 x 105 W/cm2 were used as parameters with plasma material interaction times (tau/sub QO) between 0.5 ms and 10 ms. Short plasma energy deposition time (tau/sub QO/ > 10 ms) spacial and time histories of temperature and stress were calculated for SS-304, Inconel-625, TiC and AXF -5Q Graphite materials

  8. Water hammer and cavitational hammer in process plant pipe systems

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    Dudlik, A.; Schoenfeld, S.B.H.; Hagemann, O. [Fraunhofer-Institut fuer Umwelt-, Sicherheits- und Energietechnik UMSICHT, Oberhausen (Germany); Fahlenkamp, H. [Univ. Dortmund (Germany). Chair of Environmental Technology

    2003-05-01

    Fast acting valves are often applied for quick safety shut-down of pipelines for liquids and gases in the chemical and petrochemical industry as well as in power plants and state water supplies. The fast deceleration of the liquid leads to water hammer upstream the valve and to cavitational hammer downstream the fast closing valve. The valve characteristics given by manufacturers are usually measured at steady state flow conditions of the liquid. In comparison, the dynamic characteristics depend on the initial liquid velocity, valve closing velocity, the absolute pipe pressure and the pipe geometry. Fraunhofer UMSICHT conducts various test series examining valve dynamic characteristics in order of the dynamic analysis of pressure surges in fast closing processes. Therefore a test rig is used which consists of two pipelines of DN 50 and DN 100 with an approximate length of 230 m each. In this paper the results of performed pressure surge experiments with fast closing and opening valves will be compared to calculations of commercial software programs such as MONA, FLOWMASTER 2. Thus the calculation software for water supply, power plants oil and gas and chemical industry can be permanently improved. (orig.)

  9. Water hammer and cavitational hammer in process plant pipe systems

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    Fast acting valves are often applied for quick safety shut-down of pipelines for liquids and gases in the chemical and petrochemical industry as well as in power plants and state water supplies. The fast deceleration of the liquid leads to water hammer upstream the valve and to cavitational hammer downstream the fast closing valve. The valve characteristics given by manufacturers are usually measured at steady state flow conditions of the liquid. In comparison, the dynamic characteristics depend on the initial liquid velocity, valve closing velocity, the absolute pipe pressure and the pipe geometry. Fraunhofer UMSICHT conducts various test series examining valve dynamic characteristics in order of the dynamic analysis of pressure surges in fast closing processes. Therefore a test rig is used which consists of two pipelines of DN 50 and DN 100 with an approximate length of 230 m each. In this paper the results of performed pressure surge experiments with fast closing and opening valves will be compared to calculations of commercial software programs such as MONA, FLOWMASTER 2. Thus the calculation software for water supply, power plants oil and gas and chemical industry can be permanently improved. (orig.)

  10. Evidence for liquid phase reactions during single bubble acoustic cavitation.

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    Troia, A; Madonna Ripa, D; Lago, S; Spagnolo, R

    2004-07-01

    We extended the recent experiment by Lepoint et al. [Sonochemistry and Sonoluminescence, NATO ASI Series, Series C 524, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht/Boston/London, 1999, p. 285], involving a so-called single bubble sonochemistry process, to a three-phase system. We have found experimental evidence that a single cavitating bubble can activate the oxidation of I- ions after the injection of a CCl4 liquid drop in the bubble trapping apparatus. The solvent drop (CCl4 is almost water insoluble) is pushed towards the bubble position and forms a thin film on the bubble surface. When the acoustic pressure drive is increased above 100 kPa, the three-phase system gives rise to a dark filament, indicating the complexation reaction between starch (added to the water phase) and I2. I2 species is the product of surface reactions involving bubble-induced decomposition of CCl4. Further increase of the acoustic drive causes the thin CCl4 film to separate from the bubble and stops I2 production. The study of the chemical activity of this three-phase system could give new advances on dynamics of the bubble collapse. PMID:15157862

  11. Method to calculate characteristics of cavitating propeller; Cavitation wo okoshiteiru propeller no ichiseino keisanho

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    Maita, S.; Nakashima, A.; Ando, J.; Nakatake, K. [Kyushu University, Fukuoka (Japan)

    1998-09-04

    Based on a simple surface panel method named SQCM, we develop a method to calculate nonlinear cavity on 2-D wing by introducing the four kinds of cavity models, i.e. closed model, semi-closed model, open model and supercavitating model. This method gives pressure distribution, lift and drag of the wing. Then, by combining the QCM program, the concept of the equivalent 2-D wing and the present cavity calculation method, we obtain the characteristics of two cavitating propellers. Comparisons between calculated results and experimental ones confirm the usefulness of our method. 11 refs., 15 figs., 1 tab.

  12. Modelling of flow with cavitation in centrifugal pump

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    The paper concerns flow modelling in centrifugal pump with special consideration of cavitation phenomena. Cavitation occurs when local pressure drops below the saturation pressure according to the temperature of the flow. Vapour bubbles are created and then they flow through the areas with higher pressure. The bubbles collapse rapidly generating pressure wave, noise and vibration. Working under cavitation condition is very dangerous to a pump and can significantly shorten its lifetime. The investigated centrifugal pump consists of three two-flow rotors and stators working on a single shaft. The modelling process started with grid independence study. When the grid was chosen, the pump performance curve was obtained using the single phase fluid model. Next, using the results from pump performance curve calculations, the cavitation characteristic was obtained. The constant capacity was held when the pressure at the inlet was reduced. The two – phase model was used with Zwart cavitation model. The results indicate that the pump work in safe range of parameters. The analysis also provides wide range of information about the areas of vapour appearance. The most endangered regions are leading edges of rotor. When pressure at the inlet drops to about one third of pressure that calculations started from the cavitation cloud appears in whole rotor. The intense of vapour bubbles creation is greater near the shroud of the pump, rather than near the hub. As cavitation is strongly unsteady phenomena, the transient calculations were performed to check if the results are close to those obtained using the steady state type. The differences are not significant.

  13. Modelling of flow with cavitation in centrifugal pump

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    Homa, D.; Wróblewski, W.

    2014-08-01

    The paper concerns flow modelling in centrifugal pump with special consideration of cavitation phenomena. Cavitation occurs when local pressure drops below the saturation pressure according to the temperature of the flow. Vapour bubbles are created and then they flow through the areas with higher pressure. The bubbles collapse rapidly generating pressure wave, noise and vibration. Working under cavitation condition is very dangerous to a pump and can significantly shorten its lifetime. The investigated centrifugal pump consists of three two-flow rotors and stators working on a single shaft. The modelling process started with grid independence study. When the grid was chosen, the pump performance curve was obtained using the single phase fluid model. Next, using the results from pump performance curve calculations, the cavitation characteristic was obtained. The constant capacity was held when the pressure at the inlet was reduced. The two - phase model was used with Zwart cavitation model. The results indicate that the pump work in safe range of parameters. The analysis also provides wide range of information about the areas of vapour appearance. The most endangered regions are leading edges of rotor. When pressure at the inlet drops to about one third of pressure that calculations started from the cavitation cloud appears in whole rotor. The intense of vapour bubbles creation is greater near the shroud of the pump, rather than near the hub. As cavitation is strongly unsteady phenomena, the transient calculations were performed to check if the results are close to those obtained using the steady state type. The differences are not significant.

  14. Long-term acclimatization of hydraulic properties, xylem conduit size, wall strength and cavitation resistance in Phaseolus vulgaris in response to different environmental effects.

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    Holste, Ellen K; Jerke, Megan J; Matzner, Steven L

    2006-05-01

    Phaseolus vulgaris grown under various environmental conditions was used to assess long-term acclimatization of xylem structural characteristics and hydraulic properties. Conduit diameter tended to be reduced and 'wood' density (of 'woody' stems) increased under low moisture ('dry'), increased soil porosity ('porous soil') and low phosphorus ('low P') treatments. Dry and low P had the largest percentage of small vessels. Dry, low light ('shade') and porous soil treatments decreased P50 (50% loss in conductivity) by 0.15-0.25 MPa (greater cavitation resistance) compared with 'controls'. By contrast, low P increased P50 by 0.30 MPa (less cavitation resistance) compared with porous soil (the control for low P). Changes in cavitation resistance were independent of conduit diameter. By contrast, changes in cavitation resistance were correlated with wood density for the control, dry and porous soil treatments, but did not appear to be a function of wood density for the shade and low P treatments. In a separate experiment comparing control and porous soil plants, stem hydraulic conductivity (kh), specific conductivity (ks), leaf specific conductivity (LSC), total pot water loss, plant biomass and leaf area were all greater for control plants compared to porous soil plants. Porous soil plants, however, demonstrated higher midday stomatal conductance to water vapour (gs), apparently because they experienced proportionally less midday xylem cavitation. PMID:17087467

  15. Evolution of the excavation damaged zone during loading in clay-stone: in-situ CDZ experiment

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    Document available in extended abstract form only. The investigation of the excavation damaged zone (EDZ), and in particular its evolution around seals in drifts or shafts, is a key issue for the performance assessment of an underground waste repository. In this framework, the CDZ experiment, dedicated to studying the effect of mechanical compression within the EDZ of the Callovo-Oxfordian clay-stone, was designed and implemented in the Meuse/Haute-Marne Underground Research Laboratory (URL). The objective of this experiment was to study the effects on the properties of the EDZ stemming from: 1. loading (goal: mimic the sealing effect of bentonite swelling in a drift) 2. rapid unloading (goal: mimic the effect of a liner being removed before the establishment of a sealing element) 3. re-saturation (goal: mimic the effect of the ventilation of the drifts being stopped). It is important to note that sealing of clay formations due to hydration and associated swelling was demonstrated earlier in the EH experiment at the Mont-Terri rock laboratory. In addition, one goal of the CDZ experiment was to investigate the effect of pure mechanical loading on EDZ without artificial hydration. The CDZ experimental set-up is similar to that of the SE experiment which was performed at the Mont Terri rock laboratory. The loading apparatus consists of a single end plate, with a cross section of 1 m2, transferring a hydraulically induced load to the drift wall. Behind the loading plate, there are three multi-packer systems and an extensometer instrumenting four dedicated boreholes. In the immediate surroundings, there are three multi-packers systems and an extensometer instrumenting four further boreholes, as well as three additional boreholes equipped for seismic tomography. All equipment was installed at the beginning of 2011. A first loading cycle was conducted between March and May 2011, using the jack with three levels of loading (2, 3 and 4 MPa), prior to releasing stress. A

  16. The Specialist Committee on Cavitation Induced Pressures, Final Report and Recommendations to the 23rd ITTC

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    Friesch, J.; Kim, K.-H.; Andersen, Poul;

    2002-01-01

    General Technical Conclusions Propeller-excited hull pressure fluctuations are strongly influenced by intermittence of sheet cavitation, the dynamics of tip vortex cavitation, and the statistical properties of the cavitation. On modern propellers, tip vortex cavitation may be even more important...... than sheet cavitation for hull pressure fluctuation. The influence of turbulence and blade surface roughness on cavitation-induced pressure fluctuations is still not quantifiable. Both experimental and numerical procedures for predicting propeller excitation need to be validated using results of...... at full and model scale should be accompanied by propeller cavitation viewing and hull-surface vibration measurements. Calculations are done mostly with vortex-lattice or panel methods, and in most cases only sheet cavitation is included. With the propeller and cavity flows obtained, hull...

  17. Optimum Injection Pressure of a Cavitating Jet for Introducing Compressive Residual Stress into Stainless Steel

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    Soyama, Hitoshi; Nagasaka, Kazuya; Takakuwa, Osamu; Naito, Akima

    Introducing compressive residual stress by a cavitating jet into the sub-surface of components used in nuclear power plants can mitigate stress corrosion cracking in these components. Although applying the jet is an effective method for this purpose, it should be used without causing damage to the surface from water jet droplets arising from high-pressure injection of the water jet. Thus, in introducing compressive residual stress, the injection pressure needs to be optimized. In this paper, in order to determine the optimum injection pressure, the residual stress of stainless steel treated by a jet at various injection pressures was measured using an X-ray diffraction method. The injection pressure of the jet was varied from 5 MPa to 300 MPa, and the diameter of the nozzle throat of the jet was varied from 0.35 mm to 2.0 mm. The variation of residual stress with depth was measured by alternating X-ray diffraction measurements with electropolishing. It was revealed that a cavitating jet at an injection pressure of 10 MPa with a nozzle diameter of 2.0 mm can introduce higher compressive residual stress to deeper into stainless steel compared with a jet at 300 MPa with a nozzle diameter of 0.35 mm when the downstream pressure of the nozzle was constant.

  18. Attached cavitation at a small diameter ultrasonic horn tip

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    Žnidarčič, Anton; Mettin, Robert; Cairós, Carlos; Dular, Matevž

    2014-02-01

    Ultrasonic horn transducers are frequently used in applications of acoustic cavitation in liquids, for instance, for cell disruption or sonochemical reactions. They are operated typically in the frequency range up to about 50 kHz and have tip diameters from some mm to several cm. It has been observed that if the horn tip is sufficiently small and driven at high amplitude, cavitation is very strong, and the tip can be covered entirely by the gas/vapor phase for longer time intervals. A peculiar dynamics of the attached cavity can emerge with expansion and collapse at a self-generated frequency in the subharmonic range, i.e., below the acoustic driving frequency. Here, we present a systematic study of the cavitation dynamics in water at a 20 kHz horn tip of 3 mm diameter. The system was investigated by high-speed imaging with simultaneous recording of the acoustic emissions. Measurements were performed under variation of acoustic power, air saturation, viscosity, surface tension, and temperature of the liquid. Our findings show that the liquid properties play no significant role in the dynamics of the attached cavitation at the small ultrasonic horn. Also the variation of the experimental geometry, within a certain range, did not change the dynamics. We believe that the main two reasons for the peculiar dynamics of cavitation on a small ultrasonic horn are the higher energy density on a small tip and the inability of the big tip to "wash" away the gaseous bubbles. Calculation of the somewhat adapted Strouhal number revealed that, similar to the hydrodynamic cavitation, values which are relatively low characterize slow cavitation structure dynamics. In cases where the cavitation follows the driving frequency this value lies much higher - probably at Str > 20. In the spirit to distinguish the observed phenomenon with other cavitation dynamics at ultrasonic transducer surfaces, we suggest to term the observed phenomenon of attached cavities partly covering the full horn

  19. Development of anticavitation hydrophone using a titanium front plate: Effect of the titanium front plate in high-intensity acoustic field with generation of acoustic cavitation

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    Shiiba, Michihisa; Okada, Nagaya; Kurosawa, Minoru; Takeuchi, Shinichi

    2016-07-01

    Novel anticavitation hydrophones were fabricated by depositing a hydrothermally synthesized lead zirconate titanate polycrystalline film at the back of a titanium front plate. These anticavitation hydrophones were not damaged by the measurement of the acoustic field formed by a high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) device. Their sensitivity was improved by approximately 20 dB over that of the conventional anticavitation hydrophone by modifying their basic structure and materials. The durability of the anticavitation hydrophone that we fabricated was compared by exposing it to a high-intensity acoustic field at the focal point of the HIFU field and in the water tank of an ultrasound cleaner. Therefore, the effect of the surface of the titanium front plate on acoustic cavitation was investigated by exposing such a surface to the high-intensity acoustic field. We found that the fabricated anticavitation hydrophone was robust and was not damaged easily, even in the focused acoustic field where acoustic cavitation occurs.

  20. A comprehensive Two-Fluid Model for Cavitation and Primary Atomization Modelling of liquid jets - Application to a large marine Diesel injector

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    Habchi, Chawki; Bohbot, Julien; Schmid, Andreas; Herrmann, Kai

    2015-12-01

    In this paper, a comprehensive two-fluid model is suggested in order to compute the in-nozzle cavitating flow and the primary atomization of liquid jets, simultaneously. This model has been applied to the computation of a typical large marine Diesel injector. The numerical results have shown a strong correlation between the in-nozzle cavitating flow and the ensuing spray orientation and atomization. Indeed, the results have confirmed the existence of an off-axis liquid core. This asymmetry is likely to be at the origin of the spray deviation observed experimentally. In addition, the primary atomization begins very close to the orifice exit as in the experiments, and the smallest droplets are generated due to cavitation pocket shape oscillations located at the same side, inside the orifice.

  1. Preventing hydrogen embrittlement in stainless steel by means of compressive stress induced by cavitation peening

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    Osamu Takakuwa; Hitoshi Soyama

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, it has been demonstrated that compressive residual stress induced by cavitation peening which is one of the mechanical surface modification techniques can reduce invasion of the surface of austenitic stainless steel by hydrogen. Cavitation peening was done with employing a cavitating jet in air. The specimens were prepared with different processing time of cavitation peening. Then, stress measurement was performed using an X-ray diffraction analysis. After that, the surface was...

  2. Experimental investigation of the local wave speed in a draft tube with cavitation vortex rope

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    Landry, C; Favrel, A; Müller, A.; Nicolet, C.; Yamamoto, K.; Avellan, F.

    2014-01-01

    Hydraulic machines operating in a wider range are subjected to cavitation developments inducing undesirable pressure pulsations which could lead to potential instability of the power plant. The occurrence of pulsating cavitation volumes in the runner and the draft tube is considered as a mass source of the system and is depending on the cavitation compliance. This dynamic parameter represents the cavitation volume variation with the respect to a variation of pressure and defines implicitly th...

  3. Recent developments in cavitation mechanisms a guide for scientists and engineers

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    Washio, Seiichi

    2014-01-01

    How does cavitation start? Presently, the nucleus theory provides the answer to this fundamental question. However the idea of nuclei contains inaccuracies that cannot be rationalized. Recent Developments in Cavitation Mechanisms discusses the uncertainties surrounding the nucleus theory, and proposes another theory of cavitation mechanism. Characteristically, the new theory is based on recent discoveries of cavity generation phenomena in separating flows. This book consists of chapters that introduce topics such as unsoundness of cavitation nuclei, and phenomena of cavity generation on walls

  4. Numerical simulation of bubble chaotic motion in a cavitating water jet

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    2003-01-01

    A computational fluid dynamics (CFD) method is developed to investigate the radical motion of single cavitating bubble in the oscillating pressure field of a cavitating water jet. Regarding water as a compressible fluid, the simulation is performed at different oscillating frequencies. It is found that the bubble motion presents obvious nonlinear feature, and bifurcation and chaos appear on some conditions. The results manifest the indetermination of the cavitating bubble motion in the oscillating pressure field of the cavitating water jet.

  5. Link between in-nozzle cavitation and jet spray in a gasoline multi-hole injector

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    Gavaises, E.; Mirshahi, M.; Nouri, J. M.; Yan, Y.

    2013-01-01

    The importance of cavitation inside multi-hole injectors has been addressed in many previous investigations where the cavitation formation and its development, fuel spray characteristics and atomisation have quantified. Different types of geometrical and vortex cavitations have been previously reported inside the nozzles of multi-hole injectors with good indication of their influences on the emerging spray. However, the effect of cavitation on jet spray, its stability and liquid breakup and a...

  6. Measurement on the cavitating vortex shedding behind rectangular obstacles

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    Hegedus, F; Hos, C; Pandula, Z; Kullmann, L, E-mail: hegedusf@hds.bme.h [Department of Hydrodynamic Systems, Budapest University of Technology and Economics Muegyetem rkp. 1, Budapest 1111 (Hungary)

    2010-08-15

    Measurement results on the cavitating vortex shedding behind sharp-edged rectangular bodies are presented, intended to provide benchmark cases for the validation of unsteady cavitation models of CFD codes. Rectangular bodies of increasing aspect ratio (1, 2, 3 and 4) were used with a constant 25mm height (12.5% blockage ratio). The water velocity in the 0.2x0.05m test section of the channel was varied between 1 and 12 m/s resulting in a Reynolds number in the range of (0.4-3.5)x105. Pressure signals were measured at several locations, notably in the wake. Dominant frequencies and Strouhal numbers are reported from cavitation-free flow (classic von Karman vortex shedding) up to supercavitation as a function of the free-stream Reynolds number. The results are in good agreement with the literature in case of the square cylinder. We experienced a slight increase of the dominant Strouhal number with increasing aspect ratio. This result is somewhat inconsistent with the literature, in which a fall of the Strouhal number can be observed at side ratio 2. This may be the consequence of the different ranges of Reynolds numbers. It was also found that between the inception of cavitation and the formation of supercavitation the Strouhal number is not affected by cavitation.

  7. Cavitation assisted delignification of wheat straw: a review.

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    Iskalieva, Asylzat; Yimmou, Bob Mbouyem; Gogate, Parag R; Horvath, Miklos; Horvath, Peter G; Csoka, Levente

    2012-09-01

    Wheat is grown in most of the Indian and Chinese regions and after harvesting, the remaining straw offers considerable promise as a renewable source most suitable for papermaking and as a pulping resource. Delignification of wheat straw offers ample scope for energy conservation by way of the application of the process intensification principles. The present work reviews the pretreatment techniques available for improving the effectiveness of the conventional approach for polysaccharide component separation, softening and delignification. A detailed overview of the cavitation assisted delignification process has been presented based on the earlier literature illustrations and important operational guidelines have been presented for overall low-cost and amenable energy utilization in the processes. The effectiveness of the methods has been evaluated according to yield and properties of the isolated fibers in comparison to the conventional treatment. Also the experimental results of one such non-conventional treatment scheme based on the use of hydrodynamic cavitation have been presented for the pulping of wheat straw. The effect of hydrodynamically induced cavitation on cell wall matrix and its components have been characterized using FT-IR analysis with an objective of understanding the cavitation assisted digestion mechanism on straws. It has been observed that the use of hydrodynamic cavitation does not degrade the fibrillar structure of cellulose but causes relocalisation and partial removal of lignin. Overall it appears that considerable improvement can be obtained due to the use of pretreatment or alternate techniques for delignification, which is an energy intensive step in the paper making industries. PMID:22410399

  8. Cavitation behaviour of a metastable Cr-Mn-austenite

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    Zylla, I.M. (Max-Planck-Institut fuer Eisenforschung GmbH, Duesseldorf (Germany)); Hougardy, H.P. (Max-Planck-Institut fuer Eisenforschung GmbH, Duesseldorf (Germany))

    1994-04-01

    The microstructures of three steels with metastable austenite with mass contents of 10-14% Cr, 10-15% Mn and 0.1-0.35% C were optimized by a simulation of the cavitation load. Results of cavitation tests show that the microstructure should be fine grained, to avoid the arise of cracks in the early stages. The materials were pretreated by a thermomechanical treatment. Criteria for a selection were the mechanical properties and the microstructure. According to the results a steel with mass contents of 13% Cr, 10% Mn and 0.35% C (X 35 CrMn 13 10) should have the best cavitation resistance. In this steel a deformation of 400 C produces a dislocation network that forces a transformation of austenite to very fine martensite plates during cavitation and gives a smooth abrasion. The cavitation resistance of steel X 35 CrMn 13 10 in a pretreated condition is in the range of published values of a Stellite 6B, but the production of the steel is more versatile and less expensive than that of a Stellite. (orig.)

  9. Prediction of EMP cavitation threshold from other than sodium testing

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    An experimental study has been performed to predict the cavitation threshold of electromagnetic pumps from measurements on test models using water and alcohol. Cavitation tests were carried out using water and alcohol test loop on subscale ducts of transparent acrylic resin with reference to an actual pump (1.1m3/min). These data were compared to those obtained from the in-sodium tests on the actual pump. The investigation revealed that the value of Thoma's dimensionless parameter: σ applied to the test model for water and alcohol is quite higher than that of corresponding σ on the actual pump. To minimize the incipient cavitation safety margin, more accurate prediction must be required. In view of this, the authors proposed the dimensionless parameter: σT=σ/W-bare where W-bare denotes the Weber number. This parameter was confirmed to predict the cavitation threshold of electromagnetic pumps with much more accuracy than ever before. It can also be adopted to predict cavitation threshold of other FBR components. (author)

  10. Numerical analysis for cavitation flow of marine propeller

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    Tauviqirrahman, Mohammad; Muchammad, Ismail, Rifky; Jamari, J.

    2015-12-01

    Concerning the environmental issue and the increase of fuel price, optimizing the fuel consumption has been recently an important subject in all industries. In marine industries one of the ways to decrease the energy consumption was by reducing the presence of cavitation on marine propeller blades. This will give a higher propulsive efficiency. This paper provides an investigation into the influence of the cavitation on a hydrodynamic performance around the propeller based on numerical method. Hydrofoil representing the blade form of propeller was of particular of interest. Two types of cavitation model were investigated with respect to the accuracy of the result and the effectiveness of the method. The results include the hydrodynamic characteristics of cavitation phenomenon like lift/drag variation with respect to the cavity extent. It was found that a high accuracy and low computational time is achieved when the cavitation model of Zwart-Gerber-Belamri is used. The interesting outcome of this study is that the results can be used as a good evaluation tool for high marine propeller performance.

  11. Cavitation performance simulation of turbine meter under different temperature water condition

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    Huang, Y. Z.; Zhang, B. S.; Chen, G.; Zhu, B. L.

    2015-01-01

    A cavitation thermodynamics model based on phase change, which is suitable for prediction of cavitation with thermal effects is developed. The cavitation characteristic at different temperature and cavitation number is investigated and analyzed. The initial cavitation of turbine flow meter generally occurs in the blade suction side. With the development of cavitation, the cavitation zone will appear on the front and the back end of the conditioner. In order to avoid the gather of cavitation, the design of the optimizing the blade structure should be adapted, and at the same time, the back pressure should be limited on the installation requirements. Expanding the measurement range and preventing cavitation occurs are the goal of the design and installation. The temperature effects on the cavitation of turbine flow meter is quite obvious and the increase of the temperature will delay the occurrence of cavitation. Pressure difference and the impeller torque will change obviously with the decrease of the cavitation number, which will cause the measurement error of the turbine meter.

  12. An algorithm for fast DNS cavitating flows simulations using homogeneous mixture approach

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    Žnidarčič, A.; Coutier-Delgosha, O.; Marquillie, M.; Dular, M.

    2015-12-01

    A new algorithm for fast DNS cavitating flows simulations is developed. The algorithm is based on Kim and Moin projection method form. Homogeneous mixture approach with transport equation for vapour volume fraction is used to model cavitation and various cavitation models can be used. Influence matrix and matrix diagonalisation technique enable fast parallel computations.

  13. Development of Assessment and Prevention Technologies for Dynamic Loading Damage in Nuclear Rotary Components

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    One of the main reasons on the damage of the rotary components in nuclear power plant is an erosion, particularly the liquid impact erosion and cavitation erosion, which has been a significant problem in terms of performance, efficiency, safety, and lifetime of the components. The representative components include the low pressure steam turbine blade and pump impeller and casing. Generally the erosive damage of these components are induced by the stress waves due to the repeated supersonic liquid impacts and cavitation bubble collapses, which are usually high enough to exceed the fatigue limit or yield strength of the material. In this research the surface treatment technology that is applicable to the components has been developed for preventing the erosive damage and extending their lifetime. Also the technologies of evaluating both liquid impact erosion and cavitation erosion have been developed, and the lifetime of the conventional and surface-modified component materials under the condition being similar to real plant operation was estimated

  14. A study on the behaviour of corrosion-erosion at the Bearing metals by cavitation(1) (for the influence of pH)

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    Recently, due to increased occurrence of cavitation-erosion at slide bearing metals with the tendency of high speed and large output at internal combustion engine, there is a need to study the role of corrosive environments on cavitation-erosion. Therefore, this paper were investigate on the behaviour of cavitation-erosion under the change of pH environments at slide bearing metals with using piezoelectric vibratory apparatus. The main results obtained were as follows: 1. The weight loss and its rate showed to be increased according to the order of pH 2 > pH 12 > pH 7 > pH 4 environments, and also retarded extremely at pH 4 environment 2. The resistance of material on cavitation-erosion was excellent at pH 4 environment, and also was improved considerably its resistance with increasing of the space between specimen and horn tip. 3. It was showed that the incubation periods shortened with the tendency of pH 2 > pH 12 > pH 4 > pH 7 environment, and enlarged greatly at pH 7 environment. 4. The pitted holes of damaged surface under pH 4 environment showed dense aspects by comparison with pH 7 environment

  15. Molecular mechanism for cavitation in water under tension

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    Menzl, Georg; Geiger, Philipp; Caupin, Frédéric; Abascal, Jose L F; Valeriani, Chantal; Dellago, Christoph

    2016-01-01

    Despite its relevance in biology and engineering, the molecular mechanism driving cavitation in water remains unknown. Using computer simulations, we investigate the structure and dynamics of vapor bubbles emerging from metastable water at negative pressures. We find that in the early stages of cavitation, bubbles are irregularly shaped and become more spherical as they grow. Nevertheless, the free energy of bubble formation can be perfectly reproduced in the framework of classical nucleation theory (CNT) if the curvature dependence of the surface tension is taken into account. Comparison of the observed bubble dynamics to the predictions of the macroscopic Rayleigh--Plesset (RP) equation, augmented with thermal fluctuations, demonstrates that the growth of nanoscale bubbles is governed by viscous forces. Combining the dynamical prefactor determined from the RP equation with the free energy of CNT yields an analytical expression for the cavitation rate that reproduces the simulation results very well over a w...

  16. Cavitation effects in LMFBR containment loading - a sensitivity study

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    The motivation for and design of a sensitivity study into the effects of bulk cavitation of the coolant upon predicted roof loadings and vessel wall loadings and deformations are presented. The study is designed to cover simple and sophisticated models of cavitation in various geometries and with two types of energy source to represent both an explosion charge and the lower pressure expansion behavior expected in a real core disruptive accident. Effects of change of scale (from reactor to model), of coolant tensile strength, of reactor aspect ratio and design (presence or absence of an internal tank) and of reactor structural resistance (rigid or deforming outer tank) are all examined in order to provide a quantitative answer to the question 'how and to what extent does dynamic cavitation affect the containment loading process.'. (orig.)

  17. Radiographic display of carious lesions and cavitation in approximal surfaces

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    Wenzel, Ann

    2014-01-01

    Abstract Background. Treatment strategies have changed with efforts on arresting carious lesions suspected to have an intact surface sparing operative treatment for cavitated lesions. Radiography is still the most recommended adjunct method in the diagnosis of clinically inaccessible approximal...... depth and clinical cavitation in approximal surfaces, a threshold for operative treatment decision has been suggested when a lesion is observed radiographically more than one-third into dentine. However, the results from previous studies are contradictory and the majority of studies are ∼25 years old...... radiography is, thus, still state-of-the-art as an adjunct in diagnosing carious lesions in clinically inaccessible approximal surfaces. The risk for cavitation is related to lesion depth, but new studies are needed in both child and adult populations to validate current thresholds for the operative treatment...

  18. Influence of ultrasonic cavitation on passive film of stainless steel.

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    Wang, Bao-Cheng; Zhu, Jin-hua

    2008-03-01

    The electrochemical behaviors of passive film of stainless steel 0Cr13Ni5Mo under the condition of static state (quiescence) and ultrasonic cavitation in the HCl solution have been studied by means of polarization curve, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and capacitance potential measurement. The results indicate that the passive film shows a multi layer structure distribution, and presents a p-type semiconductor property under the condition of quiescence. The stability of passive film decreases, the semiconducting property changes to an n-type semiconductor in the presence of cavitation. The amount of transition electrons from valence band because of cavitation is related to the height of Fermi level of passive film semiconductor. PMID:17584517

  19. Cavitation Rates in Water with Dissolved Gas and Other Impurities

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    Patrik Zima; Frantisek Marsík; Milan Sedlár

    2003-01-01

    Our objective is a better understanding of the role of physical properties of real fluids in the thermodynamics of cavitation in impure water. An extension to the classical homogenous nucleation theory suitable for mixtures is presented in attempt to address the discrepancy between the theoretical predictions and practical observations of cavitation rates in water at normal temperatures.The extension takes into account the non—equilibrium (dissipative) effects involved in nuclei formation through a substance dependent correction coefficient to be determined experimentally.The theory of thermodynamic fluctuations is applied to derive the work of formation of a bubble nucleus.The value of the correction coefficient is estimated using preliminary experimental data from a convergent-divergent nozzle. An application of the results to the numerical prediction of the cavitation zones in a radial-flow water pump is shown.

  20. Cavitation Erosion of Cermet-Coated Aluminium Bronzes

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The cavitation erosion resistance of CuAl10Ni5Fe2.5Mn1 following plasma spraying with Al2O3·30(Ni20Al powder and laser re-melting was analyzed in view of possible improvements of the lifetime of components used in hydraulic environments. The cavitation erosion resistance was substantially improved compared with the one of the base material. The thickness of the re-melted layer was in the range of several hundred micrometers, with a surface microhardness increasing from 250 to 420 HV 0.2. Compositional, structural, and microstructural explorations showed that the microstructure of the re-melted and homogenized layer, consisting of a cubic Al2O3 matrix with dispersed Ni-based solid solution is associated with the hardness increase and consequently with the improvement of the cavitation erosion resistance.