In-phase synchronization between two auto-oscillating bubbles

Dang Minh Nguyen, Muttikulangara Swaminathan Sanathanan, Jianmin Miao, David Fernandez Rivas, Claus-Dieter Ohl

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Acoustically driven bubbles are nonlinear oscillators showing a wide range of behaviors such as period-doubling bifurcations, deterministic chaos, and synchronization to an external signal. Here we demonstrate that bubbles driven with a constant heat source can couple with each other and yield in-phase synchronization, even in the absence of an external sound field. Besides perfect synchronization, we resolve the parameter space where independent oscillations and bubble merging occur. The main finding that only weakly driven oscillating bubbles synchronize provides a path for experimental scale-up to study spatiotemporal synchronization. In the wider scope the findings are relevant for heat transfer applications from structured heaters where complex multibubble oscillations are expected.
Original languageEnglish
Article number043601
Number of pages14
JournalPhysical review fluids
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2019

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