A coupled pressure based solution algorithm based on the volume-of-fluid approach for two or more immiscible fluids

Kissling, Kathrin and Springer, Julia and Jasak, Hrvoje and Schutz, Steffen and Urban, Karsten and Piesche, Manfred (2010) A coupled pressure based solution algorithm based on the volume-of-fluid approach for two or more immiscible fluids. = A coupled pressure based solution algorithm based on the volume-of-fluid approach for two or more immiscible fluids. In: V European Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics ECCOMAS CFD 2010, 14-17.06.2010., Lisbon; Portugal.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to describe a coupled pressure based solution algorithm to model interface capturing problems for multiphase flows where neither of the dispersed phases can be regarded as dominant. As to a segregated approach using an iterative solution scheme consisting of successive solutions of the transport equation for each phase, the phase for which the equation is solved first dominates the phases for which the transport equations are solved later. This is the result of the requirement of a bounded solution for the phase fraction variables. A cell which is already completely filled with one phase cannot contain any more fluid of any other phase. In the present study a coupled solution approach of the equations to describe the transport of the phases and the pressure equation is presented. This coupled approach avoids the predescribed, numerically induced predominance of a single phase which may occur if a common segregated algorithm is used. The system is described by the continuity equation, the equations to model the transport of the volume fractions α i and the volumetrically averaged momentum equation. By analogy with the derivation of the pressure equation in PISO or SIMPLE, the discretised momentum balance is inserted in the equations to describe the transport of the N phases. While the volume fractions of (N − 1) phases are gained by solving the transport equations, the volume fraction of the N-th phase is calculated by applying the closure equation. In contrast to segregated approaches, the equations for pressure and volume fractions are now solved simultaneously in one single step. Therefore the state variables can implicitly depend on other state variables. To achieve a strong coupling between the volume fractions and the pressure, the pressure is treated implicitly in the equations for the volume fractions and equally the volume fractions are treated implicitly in the pressure equation. The coupled approach with the additional implicit dependencies leads to a matrix which is larger and has more non-zero entries than the matrices of a segregated approach. Therefore the expenses to solve the equation system increase significantly. The system is solved applying the block matrix implementation of Jasak.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Keywords (Croatian): Multiphase flow; Volume-of-Fluid; coupled solution approach
Subjects: TECHNICAL SCIENCE > Mechanical Engineering
Divisions: 500 Department of Energy, Power Engineering and Environment > 530 Chair of Turbomachinery
Indexed in Web of Science: No
Indexed in Current Contents: No
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2015 08:19
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2017 08:52
URI: http://repozitorij.fsb.hr/id/eprint/4433

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