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The Acoustic Bubble - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124419216, 9780080518763

The Acoustic Bubble

1st Edition

Author: T. Leighton
Paperback ISBN: 9780124419216
eBook ISBN: 9780080518763
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 15th May 1997
Page Count: 613
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"This volume deals with the interaction of acoustic fields with bubbles in liquids, with emphasis on the principles of cavitation--the generation of bubbles in liquids by rapid changes, such as those introduced by ultrasound. When cavity bubbles implode they produce shock waves in the liquid. If cavitation is induced by turbulent flow, components can be damaged. These phenomena have important implications, particularly in underwater acoustics, one of the fastest growing fields in acoustics research. The Acoustic Bubble skillfully explains the physical processes involved in cavitation both by analogy and formulation, making the concepts accessible to those with a minimal background in mathematics. This book willbe of great interest to those engaged in research in a wide range of areas, from sonochemistry to the sensitization of explosives.


Graduates and researchers in acoustics, physics, fluid mechanics, and oceanography, as well as those interested in the effects of ultrasound in any liquid medium.

Table of Contents

The Sound Field: The Acoustic Wave. Practical Ultrasonic Fields. Cavitation Inception and Fluid Dynamics: The Bubble. Fluid Dynamics. The Translating Bubble. The Freely-Oscillating Bubble: The Unforced Oscillator. The Pulsating, Spherical Bubble. The Radiating Spherical Bubble. Damping. Experimental Investigations of Bubble Injection. Nonspherical Bubble Oscillations. Bubble Entertainment in the Natural World. Oceanic Bubbles. The Forced Bubble: The Forced Linear Oscillator. Nonlinear Equations of Motion for the Spherical Pulsating Bubble. Transient Cavitation. Stable Cavitation. Effects and Mechanisms: Bubble Detection. Sonoluminescence. The Enhancement of Cavitation by Acoustic Pulsing and SampleRotation. Acoustic Cavitation: Effects on the Local Environment. Chapter References. Index.


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About the Author

T. Leighton

T G Leighton is the Lecturer in Underwater Acoustics at The Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, The University


@qu:"One can only effervesce with praise upon perusing The Acoustic Bubble, by T.G. Leighton. Here is a volume that is both comprehensive and readable--that informs the expert and the novice....The reader is well served by the authors careful attention to detail, his extensive table of symbols (14 pages!), his excellent use of photographs and graphics, an extraordinarily comprehensive bibliography, and, most of all, by his lucid physical descriptions of phenomena not only having to do with bubbles but also with a variety of physical systems that are related to foundations of the sciences that one must understand if one is to apply them to the bubble problem....The Acoustic Bubble is not only interesting reading; it is an extraordinarily useful reference for those working in or planning to work in the field....Theres no trouble with this Bubble." @source:--JOURNAL OF THE ACOUSTIC SOCIETY OF AMERICA @qu:"The strength of this book lies in its effortless and enjoyable coverage of a wide swathe of rather intimidating literature and its unified mathematical approach....undoubtedly a major contribution to the field by an accomplished teacher, scientist and enthusiast." @source:--PHYSICS IN MEDICINE AND BIOLOGY @qu:"There is no doubt that this is the most comprehensive and accessible text on acoustic cavitation available....This is a required reference for scientists and, in particular, medical physicists interested in becoming acquainted with the mathematical description of bubble dynamics and the wealth of associated physical phenomena. It is user friendly, thorough in its treatment of the theory and encyclopedic in its coverage of the experimental literature. I have no doubts that it will become a standard text." @source:--SCOPE (THE JOURNAL OF THE IPSM)

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