Hydrodynamic parameters of air-bubble stimulated underwater spark discharges

Y. Sun, I. V. Timoshkin, M. J. Given, M. P. Wilson, T. Wang, S. J. MacGregor, Bonifaci Nelly, N. Bonifaci

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Considerable amount of research work has been focused on investigation and optimization of strong acoustic waves generated by spark discharges in water. There are several methods to achieve and to stimulate underwater spark breakdowns, including free-discharges, wire-guided and gas-bubble stimulated discharges. In the present work, air bubbles are injected into water in order to achieve spark discharges in relatively long inter-electrode gaps. This paper reports on hydrodynamic and acoustic characteristics of spark discharges stimulated by air bubbles and presents the functional relationships between the hydrodynamic and electrical parameters of such discharges, including breakdown voltage, spark plasma resistance and energy available in the discharge. A hydrodynamic analytical model has been developed and used to calculate the acoustic efficiency of the underwater spark discharges.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IEEE 19th International Conference on Dielectric Liquids (ICDL)
Place of PublicationPiscataway, N.J.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-1-5090-4878-6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017
EventIEEE International Conference on Liquid Dielectrics (2017) - University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 25 Jun 201729 Jun 2017


ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Liquid Dielectrics (2017)
Abbreviated titleICDL 2017
CountryUnited Kingdom
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  • air-bubble triggered spark discharge in water
  • acoustic impulses
  • hydrodynamic parameters

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