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Bubble cloud dynamics in an ultrasound field

Maeda, Kazuki and Colonius, Tim (2019) Bubble cloud dynamics in an ultrasound field. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 862 . pp. 1105-1134. ISSN 0022-1120. PMCID PMC6761994.

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The dynamics of bubble clouds induced by high-intensity focused ultrasound is investigated in a regime where the cloud size is similar to the ultrasound wavelength. High-speed images show that the cloud is asymmetric; the bubbles nearest the source grow to a larger radius than the distal ones. Similar structures of bubble clouds are observed in numerical simulations that mimic the laboratory experiment. To elucidate the structure, a parametric study is conducted for plane ultrasound waves with various amplitudes and diffuse clouds with different initial void fractions. Based on an analysis of the kinetic energy of liquid induced by bubble oscillations, a new scaling parameter is introduced to characterize the dynamics. The new parameter generalizes the cloud interaction parameter originally introduced by d’Agostino & Brennen (J. Fluid Mech., vol. 199, 1989, pp. 155–176). The dynamic interaction parameter controls the energy localization and consequent anisotropy of the cloud. Moreover, the amplitude of the far-field, bubble-scattered acoustics is likewise correlated with the proposed parameter. Findings of the present study not only shed light on the physics of cloud cavitation, but may also be of use for the quantification of the effects of cavitation on outcomes of ultrasound therapies including high-intensity focused ultrasound-based lithotripsy.

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Maeda, Kazuki0000-0002-5729-6194
Colonius, Tim0000-0003-0326-3909
Additional Information:© 2019 Cambridge University Press. Received 1 May 2018; revised 15 September 2018; accepted 16 November 2018; first published online 16 January 2019. The authors thank Adam Maxwell, Wayne Kreider and Michael Bailey for their support in the companion experiments. K.M. acknowledges the Funai Foundation for Information Technology, for the Overseas Scholarship. This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health under grant P01-DK043881 and ONR grant N00014-17-1-2676. The computations presented here utilized the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, which is supported by the National Science Foundation, grant number CTS120005.
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Funai Foundation for Information TechnologyUNSPECIFIED
Office of Naval Research (ONR)N00014-17-1-2676
Subject Keywords:bubble dynamics, cavitation
PubMed Central ID:PMC6761994
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Official Citation:Maeda, K., & Colonius, T. (2019). Bubble cloud dynamics in an ultrasound field. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 862, 1105-1134. doi:10.1017/jfm.2018.968
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