Growth and collapse of a vapor bubble in a small tube

H. Yuan, H.N. Oguz, Andrea Prosperetti*

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Abstract

A model for the description of the growth and collapse of a vapor bubble in a small tube is presented and some typical results are illustrated. It is found that the maximum volume of the bubble and its lifetime depend in a complex way on the channel geometry and the initial energy distribution. However, during most of the bubble’s lifetime, the internal pressure is very small and the dynamics mostly governed by the external pressure. The motivation for this work is offered by the possibility to use vapor bubbles as actuators in fluid-handling microdevices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3643-3657
Number of pages15
JournalInternational journal of heat and mass transfer
Volume42
Issue number19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

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