Journal of Hydrodynamics

, Volume 25, Issue 6, pp 886–894 | Cite as

Cavitation bubbles collapse characteristics behind a convex body

  • Yao Li (李瑶)
  • Wei-lin Xu (许唯临)Email author
  • Ya-lei Zhang (张亚磊)
  • Jing-wei Zhang (张敬威)
  • Chun-qi Chen (陈春祺)
  • Arong (阿蓉)


Cavitation bubbles behind a convex body were experimentally studied by a high speed camera and a hydrophone synchronously. The experiments were conducted in a circulating water tunnel with five various contraction ratios: β = 0.497, β = 0.6, β = 0.697, β = 0.751, and β = 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.

Key words

convex body cavitation bubble collapse high speed camera cavitation noise 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yao Li (李瑶)
    • 1
  • Wei-lin Xu (许唯临)
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ya-lei Zhang (张亚磊)
    • 1
  • Jing-wei Zhang (张敬威)
    • 1
  • Chun-qi Chen (陈春祺)
    • 1
  • Arong (阿蓉)
    • 1
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Hydraulics and Mountain River EngineeringSichuan UniversityChengduChina

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