Cavitation instabilities in elastic-plastic solids under spherically-symmetric
and axisymmetric loadings were investigated using the finite element method. Both
quasi-static and dynamic analyses were used to solve these problems.
In the quasi-static analyses, we investigated a cavitation instability in
elastic/perfectly-plastic, linear hardening elastic-plastic, power hardening elasticplastic,
and constrained silver materials. Here,...
Reforestation of Pacific Northwest forest-lands with western hemlock has been hindered by unexplained plantation failures.
The purpose of this thesis is to provide information that will help in determining the cause of seedling damage and mortality. The studies focused on the relationship between xylem water potential, xylem cavitation and the...
Many engineering devices and propulsion systems suffer from undesirable effects of cavitation; such as degradation in the efficiency of pumps and turbines, generation of noise and vibration on ship propeller, increased drag and erosion of propeller blade, etc.
In spite of decades of research on this problem, detailed study of...