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Rising Bubble

Application ID: 177

The level set method is well suited for problems with moving boundaries in which the geometry’s topology changes with time. A bubble of oil that travels up through water and finally merges with oil at the top causes this kind of topology change. For problems where the topology is unchanged as a function of time, as in free surface movement in a tank (no splashing) and impeller stirring, it is also possible to use the ALE (arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian) method.

In this model, three different regions exist initially: the oil bubble, the oil at the top of the container, and the water surrounding the bubble. This example shows you how to use the Laminar Two Phase Flow interface.

This model is included as an example in the following products:

CFD Module

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