Phenomena

Cavitation-Induced Microjets

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In cavitation, tiny bubbles of vapor form and collapse in a liquid, often sending shock waves ricocheting. In most occurrences beyond the lab, cavitation bubbles aren’t a solo act; many bubbles can form and interact. This video takes a look at some of the effects of those interactions. When close together, two cavitation bubbles can act to focus the flow during collapse, generating a microjet strong enough to penetrate into nearby surfaces. Researchers hope this technique may one day be used for needle-free injections. (Image, video, and submission credit: A. Mishra et al.)

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