Adaptive THINC-GFM for compressible multi-medium flows

Cheng Liu, Changhong Hu

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In this paper, a THINC (tangent of hyperbola for interface capturing) (Xiao F. et al., 2005) [26] coupled with GFM (Ghost Fluid Method) is proposed for numerical simulation of compressible multi-medium flows. The THINC scheme, which was first developed for incompressible flows, is applied for capturing the distorted material interface of compressible flows. The hybrid WENO (weighted essentially non-oscillatory) scheme with the blocked structured adaptive mesh refinement (AMR) method is implemented. Load balancing is considered in the parallel computing. Several well documented numerical tests are performed and the results show that the THINC scheme behaviors better in mass conservation. It is the first endeavor to implement THINC scheme with adaptive mesh for computing the compressible multiphase problems. The shock wave–helium bubble interaction test reveals that the present method is efficient in prediction of the deformed interface. The solver is further validated by shock wave impact SF6 interface with square, rectangle, forward and backward triangle shapes in which the wave positions and intersecting angles are compared quantitatively. Finally, the collapse of an air bubble under shock in water is simulated, global agreement with experimental and other numerical results are obtained.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-65
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Computational Physics
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Numerical Analysis
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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