A study on the tip vortex cavitation inception based on extreme bubble deformation and jet noise is presented. First, two preliminary experiments are performed to provide a correlation between the numerically computed splitting/jet noise and the measured noise. The bubble behavior and pressure signal predicted by the axisymmetric method are compared with those recorded simultaneously by using a high-speed video camera and hydrophone. Then, numerical studies on the bubble behavior in the tip vortex flow field are conducted. The tip vortex flow near a hydrofoil is provided by a viscous flow computation, and the bubble behavior is simulated by an axisymmetric boundary element method based on the provided vortex flow field. The characteristics of the bubble behavior and jet noise over a range of cavitation numbers are investigated. The effect of initial bubble nucleus size and the Reynolds number effect of the tip vortex flow on the tip vortex cavitation inception, the bubble behavior including its splitting, and jet noise are also discussed.

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