CAVITATION AND
BUBBLE DYNAMICS

by Christopher Earls Brennen


Oxford Engineering Science Series No.44
Published in 1995 by Oxford University Press, New York and Oxford.
ISBN 0-19-509409-3


Available on the internet at
http://caltechbook.library.caltech.edu/archive/00000001/00/bubble.htm


This book describes and explains the fundamental physical processes involved in bubble dynamics and the phenomenon of cavitation. It is intended as a combination of a reference book for those scientists and engineers who work with cavitation or bubble dynamics and as a monograph for advanced students interested in some of the basic problems associated with this category of multiphase flows. A basic knowledge of fluid flow and heat transfer is assumed but otherwise the analytical methods presented are developed from basic principles.

The book begins with a chapter on nucleation and describes both the theory and observations of nucleation in flowing and non-flowing systems. The following three chapters provide a systematic treatment of the dynamics of the growth, collapse or oscillation of individual bubbles in otherwise quiescent liquids. Chapter 4 summarizes the state of knowledge of the motion of bubbles in liquids. Chapter 5 describes some of the phenomena which occur in homogeneous bubbly flows with particular emphasis on cloud cavitation and this is followed by a chapter summarizing some of the experimental observations of cavitating flows. The last chapter provides a review of the free streamline methods used to treat separated flows with large attached cavities.

Last updated 10/10/02.


Christopher E. Brennen, brennen@caltech.edu