An overview is given of prediction methods for motion and deformation of a bubble that is created by boiling at a wall, at times before and after detachment, with a focus on added mass forces in the vicinity of the wall. The possibility to apply added mass coefficients derived in potential flows also to flows with vorticity is examined. An introduction to Lagrangian methods is given. Added mass tensors are derived for deforming bubbles at and away from a plane wall. Expressions for induced hydrodynamic lift forces are given, and validation experiments are briefly discussed. © 2007 Springer-Verlag.