Waves of acoustically induced transparency in bubbly liquids: Theory and experiment

Nail Gumerov, Claus Dieter Ohl, Iskander S. Akhatov, Sergei Sametov, Maxim Khasimullin

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The theory of self-organization of bubbles in acoustic fields predicts formation and propagation of waves of self-induced acoustic transparency. This is a strongly nonlinear effect, which is a result of a two-way coupling of the sound field with the bubble distribution. We are challenging the theory with an experiment. Here, a homogeneous distribution of gas bubbles is first generated and then an ultrasonic field (∼100 kHz) is switched on. The ultrasound leads to a rapidly propagating bubble sheet away from the transducer which leaves a liquid almost free of bubbles behind the front. The dynamics is observed with a high-speed camera and analyzed. A simplified theoretical model of this acoustically-induced transparency is developed and numerical simulations for conditions of the experiment are performed. A comparison of the experimental data with the model shows a good agreement. The underlying physics of the problem is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number045012
JournalProceedings of Meetings on Acoustics
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event21st International Congress on Acoustics, ICA 2013 - 165th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: 2 Jun 20137 Jun 2013


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