Measurements in High Void-Fraction Bubbly Wakes Created by Ventilated Supercavitation

Academic Article


  • A study of ventilated supercavitation in the reentrant jet regime has been carried out in the high-speed water tunnel at St. Anthony Falls Laboratory as the hydrodynamics part of an interdisciplinary study on stability and control of high-speed cavity-running bodies. The work is aimed at understanding the interaction between a ventilated supercavity and its turbulent bubbly wake, with the goal to provide the information needed for the development of control algorithms. Particle image velocimetry (PIV) measurements in high-void fraction bubbly wakes created by the collapse of ventilated supercavities are reported. Bubble velocity fields are obtained and are shown to submit to the same high Reynolds number similarity scaling as the single-phase turbulent axisymmetric wake. A grayscale technique to measure local average void fraction is outlined. Results of a time-resolved PIV experiment at 2000 Hz, using an adaptive masking scheme based on a sliding intensity threshold filter, are also presented.
  • Authors

  • Wosnik, Martin
  • Arndt, Roger EA
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • January 2013
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 011304
  • Volume

  • 135
  • Issue

  • 1