Boundary Integral Methods for Multicomponent Fluids and Multiphase Materials

T. Y. Hou, J. S. Lowengrub, Michael Shelley

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We present a brief review of the application of boundary integral methods in two dimensions to multicomponent fluid flows and multiphase problems in materials science. We focus on the recent development and outcomes of methods which accurately and efficiently include surface tension. In fluid flows, we examine the effects of surface tension on the Kelvin-Helmholtz and Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities in inviscid fluids, the generation of capillary waves on the free surface, and problems in Hele-Shaw flows involving pattern formation through the Saffman-Taylor instability, pattern selection, and singularity formation. In materials science, we discuss microstructure evolution in diffusional phase transformations, and the effects of the competition between surface and elastic energies on microstructure morphology. A common link between these different physical phenomena is the utility of an analysis of the appropriate equations of motion at small spatial scales to develop accurate and efficient time-stepping methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)302-362
Number of pages61
JournalJournal of Computational Physics
Volume169
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 20 2001

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boundary integral method
Taylor instability
Materials science
materials science
fluid flow
Surface tension
Flow of fluids
interfacial tension
microstructure
Microstructure
capillary waves
Fluids
fluids
Flow patterns
surface energy
Equations of motion
phase transformations
flow distribution
equations of motion
Phase transitions

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Boundary Integral Methods for Multicomponent Fluids and Multiphase Materials. / Hou, T. Y.; Lowengrub, J. S.; Shelley, Michael.

In: Journal of Computational Physics, Vol. 169, No. 2, 20.05.2001, p. 302-362.

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Hou, T. Y. ; Lowengrub, J. S. ; Shelley, Michael. / Boundary Integral Methods for Multicomponent Fluids and Multiphase Materials. In: Journal of Computational Physics. 2001 ; Vol. 169, No. 2. pp. 302-362.
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