Diffusive Shielding Stabilizes Bulk Nanobubble Clusters

Joost Weijs, James Richard Thorley Seddon, Detlef Lohse

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Using molecular dynamics, we study the nucleation and stability of bulk nanobubble clusters. We study the formation, growth, and final size of bulk nanobubbles. We find that, as long as the bubble-bubble interspacing is small enough, bulk nanobubbles are stable against dissolution. Simple diffusion calculations provide an excellent match with the simulation results, giving insight into the reason for the stability: nanobubbles in a cluster of bulk nanobubbles protect each other from diffusion by a shielding effect
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2197-2204
Number of pages8
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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