Problem 16: Ultrasonic Pump

A capillary immersed in an ultrasonic bath works like a pump that can lift water to a considerable height. Explain and investigate this phenomenon.


I. Phenomenon Demonstration

  • СВЕРХТЕКУЧАЯ ВОДА – уникальный водяной насос на основе ультразвуковой ванны Игорь Белецкий by Igor Beletskiy
  • Water pump by Ultrasonic Air Blower by microwavemont 

II. Books, Encyclopedia, Discussion and Forum Posts

III. Research Paper

  • Hasegawa, Takeshi & Koyama, Daisuke & Nakamura, Kentaro & Ueha, Sadayuki. (2008). Modeling and Performance Evaluation of an Ultrasonic Suction Pump. Japanese Journal of Applied Physics. 47. 4248-4252. 10.1143/JJAP.47.4248. 
  • Yun, C.-H., Hasegawa, T., Nakamura, K., & Ueha, S. (2004). An Ultrasonic Suction Pump with No Physically Moving Parts. Japanese Journal of Applied Physics, 43(5B), 2864–2868. doi:10.1143/jjap.43.2864 
  • Hasegawa, T., Friend, J., Nakamura, K., & Ueha, S. (2005). Characteristics of Ultrasonic Suction Pump Without Moving Parts. Japanese Journal of Applied Physics, 44(6B), 4658–4661. doi:10.1143/jjap.44.4658 
  • Dezhkunov, N. V., & Leighton, T. G. (2004). Study into Correlation between the Ultrasonic Capillary Effect and Sonoluminescence. Journal of Engineering Physics and Thermophysics, 77(1), 53–61. doi:10.1023/b:joep.0000020719.33924.aa 
  • Dezhkunov, N. V., & Prokhorenko, P. P. (1980). Action of ultrasound on the rise of a liquid in a capillary tube and its dependence on the properties of the liquid. Journal of Engineering Physics, 39(3), 1014–1019. doi:10.1007/bf00825930 
  • Tzanakis, I., Xu, W. W., Eskin, D. G., Lee, P. D., & Kotsovinos, N. (2015). In situ observation and analysis of ultrasonic capillary effect in molten aluminium. Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, 27, 72–80. doi:10.1016/j.ultsonch.2015.04.029 
  • Hasegawa, T., Nakamura, K., & Ueha, S. (2006). A miniature ultransonic pump using a bending disk transducer and a gap. Ultrasonics, 44, e575–e579. doi:10.1016/j.ultras.2006.05.061 
  • Hasegawa, T., Koyama, D., Nakamura, K., & Ueha, S. (2007). Improvement in the Flow Rate of a Miniature Ultrasonic Suction Pump. Japanese Journal of Applied Physics, 46(7B), 4931–4935. doi:10.1143/jjap.46.4931