Effects of Gas Dynamics on Rapidly Collapsing Bubbles

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Bauman, Spenser ; Fomitchev-Zamilov, Max (2013)
  • Subject: Physics - Fluid Dynamics | Physics - Computational Physics
    arxiv: Physics::Fluid Dynamics

The dynamics of rapidly collapsing bubbles are of great interest due to the high degree of energy focusing that occurs withing the bubble. Molecular dynamics provides a way to model the interior of the bubble and couple the gas dynamics with the equations governing the bubble wall. While much theoretical work has been done to understand how a bubble will respond to an external force, the internal dynamics of the gas system are usually simplified greatly in such treatments. This paper shows how the gas system dynamics affect bubble collapse and illustrates what effects various modeling assumptions can have on the motion of the bubble wall. In addition, we present a method of adaptively partitioning space to improve the performance of collision intersection calculations when using an energy dependent collision cross section.
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