Extension of local front reconstruction method with controlled coalescence model

A.H. Rajkotwala, H. Mirsandi, E.A.J.F. Peters, M.W. Baltussen, C.W.M. van der Geld, J.G.M. Kuerten, J.A.M. Kuipers

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The physics of droplet collisions involves a wide range of length scales. This poses a challenge to accurately simulate such flows with standard fixed grid methods due to their inability to resolve all relevant scales with an affordable number of computational grid cells. A solution is to couple a fixed grid method with subgrid models that account for microscale effects. In this paper, we improved and extended the Local Front Reconstruction Method (LFRM) with a film drainage model of Zang and Law [Phys. Fluids 23, 042102 (2011)]. The new framework is first validated by (near) head-on collision of two equal tetradecane droplets using experimental film drainage times. When the experimental film drainage times are used, the LFRM method is better in predicting the droplet collisions, especially at high velocity in comparison with other fixed grid methods (i.e., the front tracking method and the coupled level set and volume of fluid method). When the film drainage model is invoked, the method shows a good qualitative match with experiments, but a quantitative correspondence of the predicted film drainage time with the experimental drainage time is not obtained indicating that further development of film drainage model is required. However, it can be safely concluded that the LFRM coupled with film drainage models is much better in predicting the collision dynamics than the traditional methods.
Original languageEnglish
Article number022102
Number of pages19
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018

Bibliographical note

doi: 10.1063/1.5008371


  • Multiphase flows
  • Thin films
  • Orbital dynamics
  • Organic compounds
  • Differential equations


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