Free-Lagrange Simulations of Shock/Bubble Interaction in Shock Wave Lithotripsy
A Free-Lagrange CFD code is used to model the near-field interactions between a lithotripter shock wave and a single spherical air bubble in water in axisymmetric form. The shock wave interaction causes the bubble to collapse and undergo jetting which consequently generates a blast wave into the surrounding water due to a liquid-liquid impact. Following impact, the bubble attains a toroidal shape and undergoes subsequent expansion and collapse. A detailed description of the shock/bubble interaction event is given, which includes both primary and secondary collapse. Near-field pressure-time histories are presented.
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