A volume-of-fluid dual-scale approach for simulating turbulent liquid/gas interactions

D. Kedelty, J. Uglietta, M. Herrmann

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Advances to a dual-scale modeling approach (Gorokhovski and Herrmann, 2008) are presented to describe turbulent phase interface dynamics in a large-eddy-simulation-type spatial filtering context. Spatial filtering of the governing equations to decrease the burden of Direct Numerical Simulation introduces several sub-filter terms that require modeling. Instead of developing individual closure-models for the terms associated with the interface for LES, the dual-scale approach uses an exact closure by explicitly filtering a fully resolved realization of the phase interface. This resolved realization is maintained on a high-resolution over-set mesh using a Refined Local Surface Grid approach (Herrmann, 2008) employing an un-split, geometric, bounded, and conservative Volume-of-Fluid method (Owkes and Desjardins, 2014). The advection equation for the phase interface on this DNS scale requires a model for the fully resolved interface advection velocity. This velocity is the sum of the LES filtered velocity, readily available from the LES approach solving the filtered Navier Stokes equation and the sub-filter velocity fluctuations that have two important contributions. The first is due to sub-filter turbulent eddies, which can be reconstructed on-the-fly using a local fractal interpolation technique (Scotti and Meneveau, 1999) to generate time evolving sub-filter velocity fluctuations. The second is due to sub-filter surface tension forces that can be modeled using a sub-grid surface dynamics model (Herrmann, 2013). In this work, results from the dual-scale LES model are compared to DNS results for four different realizations of a unit density and viscosity contrast interface in a homogeneous isotropic turbulent flow at infinite Weber number.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2020
Event14th International Conference on Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems, ICLASS 2018 - Chicago, United States
Duration: Jul 22 2018Jul 26 2018


Conference14th International Conference on Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems, ICLASS 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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