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Research project: Bubble Management in an Ultrasonic System to Clean using a Water Stream

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The StarStream device cleans using only room temperature water, ultrasound and air. This CASE award studentship, funded by EPSRC and Ultrawave Ltd., examines method of improving the StarStream by looking at the engineering associated with the water supply components of the device. This entails the design and construction of new bubble diagnostics technology.

The StarStream device cleans using only room temperature water, ultrasound and air. It follows from the discovery (in the 1980s) by Prof Leighton, of a new ultrasonic signal scattered by bubbles, which he determined to be caused by the stimulation of Faraday waves on the walls of underwater gas bubbles [1]. After using this to  provide the first count of bubbles produced by breaking waves in the surf zone [2], and determining the theory behind the excitation of these waves [3,4], this led to the invention of StarStream [5-7]. This CASE award studentship, funded by EPSRC and Ultrawave Ltd., examines method of improving the StarStream by looking at the engineering associated with the water supply components of the device. This entails the design and construction of new bubble diagnostics technology.

 

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