Shock wave induced cavitation of silicone oils

  title={Shock wave induced cavitation of silicone oils},
  author={Justin Huneault and Andrew J. Higgins},
  journal={Journal of Applied Physics},
The cavitation threshold of polydimethylsiloxane (silicone) oils was studied using the planar impact of flyer plates to generate large transient negative pressures within the liquids. The plate-impact experiments used a 64-mm-bore gas-gun to launch thin sabot-supported flyer plates onto liquid capsule targets in which a thin Mylar diaphragm formed a free surface at the back of the sample. The shock wave driven into the target capsule by the flyer impact placed the silicone oil in tension upon… 
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