%0 Journal Article
%@ 1070-6631
%A Martínez Bazán, Carlos
%A Montañés García, José Luis
%A Lasheras, Juan C.
%D 2000
%F upm:5931
%I American Institute of Physics
%J Physics of Fluids
%N 1
%P 145-148
%T Bubble size distribution resulting from the breakup of an air cavity injected into a turbulent water jet
%U http://oa.upm.es/5931/
%V 12
%X We investigated experimentally the shape of the final size PDF(D) resulting from the breakup of an air bubble injected into the fully developed region of a high Reynolds number turbulent water jet. It is shown that the PDF(Dcirc) of the normalized bubble size Dcirc=D/D32, where D32 is the Sauter mean diameter of the distribution, has a universal single shape independent of the value of the turbulent kinetic energy of the water jet at the bubble injection point and of the air void fraction, α. The shape of the exponential tails characterizing each PDF(D) is shown to be only a function of the initial bubble size D0 and the critical bubble size Dc, defined as Dc=(1.46σ/ρ)3/5ɛ-2/5, where ɛ is the value of the dissipation rate of turbulent kinetic energy per unit mass at the air injection point.