Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Abstract The boundary integral method is applied to model the initial motion of two-dimensional or cylindrical deformable gas bubbles in an inviscid, incompressible fluid. Following the success of recent boundary integral studies to predict the qualitative behaviour of a single gas bubble, this numerical study is extended to consider the interaction of several bubbles. Surface tension, relative initial position and volume are all found to be important factors affecting the bubble interaction, jet formation, “trapping” of fluid between bubbles and bubble shedding. As well as computing the evolution of the bubble surfaces, consideration of the pressure fields and resulting instantaneous streamlines is given.
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