Definition of cavitation in English:


Line breaks: cavi|ta¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌkavɪˈteɪʃ(ə)n


[mass noun] Physics
  • 1The formation of an empty space within a solid object or body.
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    • One would expect elevated tritium levels only when deuterons are present and when sound waves produce cavitation, and that's what the Oak Ridge-RPI-RAS group found.
    • The role of branch junctions as a feature which enhances segmentation could also depend on the vulnerability to cavitation within the junction, but the present authors are unaware of any studies that have investigated this directly.
    • As a result of cavitation and embolism formation, stem hydraulic conductivity is reduced, which may be critical for a plant under drought stress.
  • 1.1The formation of bubbles in a liquid, typically by the movement of a propeller through it.
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    • The formation of such a bubble is called cavitation.
    • In liquid, these high-frequency waves cause the formation of microscopic bubbles, or cavitation.
    • Cavitation manifests itself in at least two modes; stable cavitation (slow, periodic oscillations of gas bubbles) and transient cavitation.

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