Three-Dimensional Study of the Nonrectilinear Trajectory of Air Bubbles Rising in Water

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J. Mercier

Group of Engineering Sciences, Pontificia Universidade Catolica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A. Lyrio

Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo, Brazil

R. Forslund

Group of Engineering Sciences, Pontificia Universidade Catolica, Rio de Janiero, Brazil

J. Appl. Mech 40(3), 650-654 (Sep 01, 1973) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3423065 History: Received March 01, 1972; Online July 12, 2010


A three-dimensional photographic study of the nonrectilinear ascent of an air bubble in water is presented. A geometric model is developed which describes the trajectory in terms of a transformed coordinate system. The parameters of the model which describe the departure from linearity are found to be dependent on the equivalent spherical radius of the bubble.

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