Title: Cavitation problem in heavy duty diesel engines: a literature review

Authors: Sunil Katragadda, Reda Bata

Addresses: Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA. ' Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA

Abstract: This paper reviews the existing knowledge on cavitation in general and its effect on diesel engine cylinder liners. A brief definition of cavitation and various cavitation numbers are presented. Various effects involved in the formation, growth and collapse of bubbles are also characterized. The effects of pressure, temperature, and dissolved gas on bubble behaviour are mentioned. An attempt is made to study the various types of damage caused by cavitation on fluid flow machinery. The discussion highlights the amount of damage caused to diesel engine cylinder liners, and lists remedies suggested by numerous experts in the field.

Keywords: bubbles; cavitation; cylinder liners; cylinder liner damage; diesel engines; fluid flow machinery; bubble formation; bubble growth; bubble collapse; pressure; temperature; dissolved gas; bubble behaviour; literature review.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHVS.1994.054648

International Journal of Heavy Vehicle Systems, 1994 Vol.1 No.3, pp.324 - 346

Available online: 18 Jun 2013 *

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