Finite difference method for modelling impacting drops

Murray J. Rudman, Jong Leng Liow

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We present a numerical method that has been developed to simulate the flow that results from the impact of a liquid drop onto the surface of a deep liquid pool. The numerical method uses second order finite difference approximations to the governing equations and volume based techniques for tracking free surfaces and modelling the effect of surface tension. Simulations of impacting drops are validated by comparing the numerical results with high speed movie images. The potential of the method is demonstrated by using it to visualize the formation of vortex rings that results from a drop impact at low velocity.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventASME Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting (FEDSM) 1997 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 22 Jun 199726 Jun 1997 (Website)


ConferenceASME Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting (FEDSM) 1997
Abbreviated titleFEDSM 1997
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