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Modeling the interaction of microbubbles: Effects of proximity, confinement, and excitation amplitude


Wiedemair, W; Tukovic, Z; Jasak, H; Poulikakos, D; Kurtcuoglu, V (2014). Modeling the interaction of microbubbles: Effects of proximity, confinement, and excitation amplitude. Physics of Fluids, 26(6):062106.

Abstract

The interaction of closely spaced microbubbles (MBs) exposed to a transient external pressure field is relevant for a variety of industrial and medical applications. We present a computational framework employing an interface tracking approach to model the transient dynamics of multiple, interacting, insonated MBs in arbitrary settings. In particular, this technique allows studying the effects of mutual proximity, confinement, and variations in excitation amplitude on the translatory motion of pairs of differently sized MBs. Domains of mutual repulsion or attraction are observed for closely spaced MBs in the investigated range of excitation frequencies. The repulsion domain widens and shifts to lower frequencies with increasing excitation pressure amplitude. When the MBs are confined in rigid tubes of decreasing diameters, we observe a shift of the translatory patterns towards lower frequencies, accompanied by a change in relative strength of the two translation modes. This effect is correlated to a decrease of the resonance frequency due to confinement which causes changes in oscillation amplitude and phase shift between the bubble vibrations. Coupling to the viscous host liquid gives rise to phenomena such as collective MB drift, non-symmetric attraction or repulsion, and reversal of translation direction. A system comprising six MBs inside a narrow tube highlights the potential of the computational framework to treat complex setups with multiple bubbles.

Abstract

The interaction of closely spaced microbubbles (MBs) exposed to a transient external pressure field is relevant for a variety of industrial and medical applications. We present a computational framework employing an interface tracking approach to model the transient dynamics of multiple, interacting, insonated MBs in arbitrary settings. In particular, this technique allows studying the effects of mutual proximity, confinement, and variations in excitation amplitude on the translatory motion of pairs of differently sized MBs. Domains of mutual repulsion or attraction are observed for closely spaced MBs in the investigated range of excitation frequencies. The repulsion domain widens and shifts to lower frequencies with increasing excitation pressure amplitude. When the MBs are confined in rigid tubes of decreasing diameters, we observe a shift of the translatory patterns towards lower frequencies, accompanied by a change in relative strength of the two translation modes. This effect is correlated to a decrease of the resonance frequency due to confinement which causes changes in oscillation amplitude and phase shift between the bubble vibrations. Coupling to the viscous host liquid gives rise to phenomena such as collective MB drift, non-symmetric attraction or repulsion, and reversal of translation direction. A system comprising six MBs inside a narrow tube highlights the potential of the computational framework to treat complex setups with multiple bubbles.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Physiology
07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Physiology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:18 Feb 2015 15:08
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 18:54
Publisher:AIP
ISSN:1070-6631
Funders:SNF
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4883482
Official URL:http://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/journal/pof2/26/6/10.1063/1.4883482

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