A High-Speed Imaging and Modeling Study of Dendrite Fragmentation Caused by Ultrasonic Cavitation


The dynamic behavior of ultrasound-induced cavitation bubbles and their effect on the fragmentation of dendritic grains of a solidifying succinonitrile 1 wt pct camphor organic transparent alloy have been studied experimentally using high-speed digital imaging and complementary numerical analysis of sound wave propagation, cavitation dynamics, and the velocity field in the vicinity of an imploding cavitation bubble. Real-time imaging and analysis revealed that the violent implosion of bubbles created local shock waves that could shatter dendrites nearby into small pieces in a few tens of milliseconds. These catastrophic events were effective in breaking up growing dendritic grains and creating abundant fragmented crystals that may act as embryonic grains; therefore, these events play an important role in grain refinement of metallurgical alloys.

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The authors would like to thank the financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 50825401 and 51174135), the National Basic Research Program of China (No. 2012CB619505), the U.K. Royal Society (International Joint Project 2007/R4, Research Grants 2010 R2 and an Industry Fellowship award), and the U.K. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Centre for Liquid Metal Engineering (Grant No. EP/H026177/1).

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Shu, D., Sun, B., Mi, J. et al. A High-Speed Imaging and Modeling Study of Dendrite Fragmentation Caused by Ultrasonic Cavitation. Metall Mater Trans A 43, 3755–3766 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11661-012-1188-3

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  • Cavitation
  • Acoustic Pressure
  • Cavitation Bubble
  • Ultrasonic Probe
  • Bubble Wall