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A Level Set Method for Simulation of Coalescence of Droplets

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A. Salih

National Institute of Technology

S. Ghosh Moulic

Indian Institute of Technology

Paper No. IMECE2005-79507, pp. 723-732; 10 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Fluids Engineering
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4219-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


In the present paper, we discuss a numerical method based on the level set algorithm to simulate two-phase fluid flow systems. Surface tension force at the fluid interface is implemented through the CSF model of Brackbill et al. [1]. The incompressible Navier-Stokes equations were solved on a staggered grid using an explicit projection method. A fifth-order WENO [2] scheme was used for advancing the level set function. We improved the implementation of WENO scheme by staggering the level set function. The Navier-Stokes part of the code was validated by computing the standard lid-driven cavity flow and the free surface part of the code was validated by advecting the interface in a prescribed velocity field. The Young-Laplace law for a static drop has been verified to validate the implementation of surface tension force. We simulated the coalescence of two drops under zero-gravity condition and evaluated the mass conservation property of the level set method.

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