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Computation of a Propagating Interface in Multiphase Flows Using an Adaptive Coupled Level Set Method

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Ruquan Liang, Satoru Komori

Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

Paper No. IMECE2002-39044, pp. 465-473; 9 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • 5th International Symposium on Fluid Structure Interaction, Aeroelasticity, and Flow Induced Vibration and Noise
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Applied Mechanics Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3659-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


We present a numerical strategy for a propagating interface in multiphase flows using a level set method combined with a local mesh adaptative technique. We use the level set method to move the propagating interface in multiphase flows. We also use the local mesh adaptative technique to increase the grid resolution at regions near the propagating interface and additionally at the regions near points of high curvature with a minimum of additional expense. For illustration, we apply the adaptive coupled level set method to a collection of bubbles moving under passive transport. Good agreement has been obtained in the comparision of the numerical results for the collection of bubbles using an adaptative grid with those using a single grid. We also apply the adaptive coupled level set method to a droplet falling on a step where it is important to accurately model the effect of surface tension force and the motion of the free-surface, and the numerical results agree very closely with available data.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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