Exploring the mechanism of cleaning with soft cavitation bubbles

Miquel Banchs-Piqué, Carlos Cairós Barreto, Philipp E. Frommhold, Christiane Lechner, Alexander Lippert, Robert Mettin

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Cleaning of sensitive surfaces with cavitation bears the danger of damage, even at higher ultrasonic frequencies. Recently it has become clear that for micro- and nano- particulate contaminations also "soft" cavitation bubbles could be efficient cleaning agents: gently driven surface attached bubbles that do not undergo strong oscillations and collapse. Here the motion of the three-phase boundary (contact line) plays a crucial role, and we designed a micro-flow channel to explore in more detail its cleaning power. At the same time, a standard method for measurement of stickiness of particles should be developed. We present first results and comparison to flow simulations. Preliminary observations show enhanced cleaning by an avalanche effect produced by looser particles carried in the flow and a large amount of particles stored in the air-water interface. This increases cleaning efficiency with flow velocity.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventDAGA 2014 - Oldenburg, Germany
Duration: 10 Mar 201413 Mar 2014


ConferenceDAGA 2014


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