Self-propulsion of a periodically forced shape-deforming submillimeter gas bubble

Stephen J. Shaw*

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The self-propulsion (translational instability) of a gas bubble in a liquid undergoing parametrically induced axisymmetric shape distortion due to being forced by a temporally sinusoidal, spatially constant acoustic field is investigated. Employing a model which accounts for the nonlinear coupling between the spherical oscillations, the axial translation and shape deformation of the bubble, the parametric excitement of two neighboring shape modes by the fundamental resonance, at the same driving frequency is studied. It is shown that provided pertinent driving pressure threshold values are exceeded, the respective shape modes are excited on different timescales. The growth of the shape mode on the faster timescale saturates giving rise to sustained constant amplitude oscillations, while the growth of the shape mode on the slower timescale is both modulated and unbounded. During the growth of the second shape mode, growing, oscillatory bubble translation is also observed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number055107
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2024


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