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Published December 1, 1975 | public
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Cavitation Inception - A Selective Review


This paper reviews recent developments in selected cavitation research areas which have been active mainly within the past two years. The new understanding resulting from this work is summarized. Research topics discussed are cavitation inception on smooth surfaces, on vortex cavitation and scaling, on the measurement of cavitation nuclei, and on the effects of polymer additives. Because of the selective nature of the review, a fairly comprehensive listing of recent contributions to the literature on these and related aspects of cavitation research is an essential part of the exposition.

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Manuscript received at SNAME headquarters November 7, 1974; revised manuscript received February 4, 1975. The work carried out at the Garfield Thomas Water Tunnel reported here has been supported by the U. S. Navy, Naval Ordnance Systems Command, the Office of Naval Research, and the Naval Ship Research and Development Center. The work reported from the California Institute of Technology facility was supported by the General Hydromechanics Research program of the Naval Ship Research and Development Center. The preparation of this paper was further supported in part by the Office of Naval Research. The authors would like gratefully to acknowledge this support. They also wish to acknowledge the benefit of collaborative efforts by J. W. Holl, M. L. Billet, J. W. Hoyt, F. Hammitt, and V. H. Arakeri. This paper was presented at the 17th American Towing Tank Conference, Pasadena, California. The manuscript has been revised for publication.


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