Journal article

Study of the coalescence of acoustic bubbles as a function of frequency, power, and water-soluble additives

Devi Sunartio, Muthupandian Ashokkumar, Franz Grieser

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY | AMER CHEMICAL SOC | Published : 2007

Abstract

The effect that surface-active solutes, such as aliphatic alcohols and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), have on the extent of bubble coalescence in liquids under different sonication conditions has been investigated by measuring the volume change of the solution following a period of sonication. In general, the adsorption of surface-active solutes onto the bubble surface retards bubble coalescence. Within the limitations of the measurement method and the systems studied, bubble coalescence does not appear to be dependent on the applied acoustic power. Also, varying the applied acoustic frequency has a minimal effect on the extent of bubble coalescence in systems where long-range electrostatic r..

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