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A hybrid level set/VOF method for the simulation of thermal magnetic fluids

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Title: A hybrid level set/VOF method for the simulation of thermal magnetic fluids
Author(s): Bhattacharjee, Pratik; Riahi, Daniel N.
Abstract: Microgravity conditions pose unique challenges for fluid handling and heat transfer applications. By controlling (curtailing or augmenting) the buoyant and thermocapillary convection, the latter being the dominant convective flow in a microgravity environment, significant advantages can be achieved in space based processing. The control of this surface tension gradient driven flow is sought using a magnetic field, and the effects of these are studied computationally. To capture the deformable interface, a numerical method to solve the Navier–Sokes equations, heat equations and Maxwell’s equations was developed using a hybrid level set/volume-of-fluid technique. The method is tested against both analytical and experimental results and was found to be in good agreement. The method was then implement to solve (a) a stationary ferrofluid droplet under the influence of a magnetic field and (b) a rising and falling magnetic droplet under various conditions. The method is shown to be a viable technique to solve such complex multiphase heat transfer problems.
Issue Date: 2005-12
Publisher: Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (UIUC)
Series/Report: TAM Reports 1080, (2005)
Genre: Technical Report
Type: Text
Language: English
ISSN: 0073-5264
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed: is not peer reviewed
Rights Information: Copyright owned by Pratik Bhattacharjee and Daniel N. Riahi
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-03-09

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    TAM technical reports include manuscripts intended for publication, theses judged to have general interest, notes prepared for short courses, symposia compiled from outstanding undergraduate projects, and reports prepared for research-sponsoring agencies.

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