Collapse of cavitation bubbles in blood
Department of Hydraulics, University Polytechnica - 77206 Bucharest, Romania
Accepted: 31 January 2000
The behaviour of a single bubble in blood and in water is studied by using a non-Newtonian model of spherical bubble dynamics. This model considers the compressibility of the liquid surrounding the bubble, the shear-thinning characteristic of liquid viscosity, liquid density and surface tension. It was found that, for values of the maximum bubble radius larger than , the collapse of a bubble in a constant pressure field in blood is more violent than in water. It suggests that the amount of collateral damage of the biological tissue induced by bubble collapse during high-speed rotational angioplasty and laser-induced angioplasty can be underestimated by experiments in vitro using water as ambient liquid.
PACS: 47.55.Bx – Cavitation / 47.50.+d – Non-Newtonian fluid flows
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