The interaction of a laser-generated cavity with a solid boundary

S. J. Shaw*, W. P. Schiffers, T. P. Gentry, D. C. Emmony

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In this paper new observations of a laser-generated cavitation bubble interacting with an inertial boundary are presented. Employing schlieren photography techniques and a thin film transducer placed on the surface of the boundary, the pressure stresses induced in the solid boundary and the surrounding fluid by collapsing bubbles, created very close to the solid surface, are experimentally measured. Liquid jet development, shock wave emission, and 'splash' phenomena are identified. For different creation sites close to the boundary, the relevance of each of these phenomena with respect to potentially damaging pressure stresses in the boundary is speculated on. (C) 2000 Acoustical Society of America.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3065-3072
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2000
Externally publishedYes

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