Lattice Boltzmann simulations of drop deformation and breakup in shear flow

A. E. Komrakova*, Orest Shardt, D. Eskin, J. J. Derksen

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The behavior of a single liquid drop suspended in another liquid and subjected to simple shear flow is studied numerically using a diffuse interface free energy lattice Boltzmann method. The system is fully defined by three physical, and two numerical dimensionless numbers: a Reynolds number Re, a capillary number Ca, the viscosity ratio lambda, an interface-related Peclet number Pe, and the ratio of interface thickness and drop size (the Cahn number Ch). The influence of Pe, Ch and mesh resolution on accuracy and stability of the simulations is investigated. Drops of moderate resolution (radius less than 30 lattice units) require smaller interface thickness, while a thicker interface should be used for highly resolved drops. The Peclet number is controlled by the mobility coefficient Gamma. Based on the results, the simulations are stable when Gamma is in the range 1-15. In addition, the numerical tool is verified and validated in a wide range of physical conditions: Re = 0.0625 50, lambda = 1, 2, 3 and a capillary number range over which drops deform and break. Good agreement with literature data is observed. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-43
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Multiphase Flow
Early online date28 Oct 2013
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014

Bibliographical note

This research has been enabled by the use of computing resources provided by WestGrid and Compute/Calcul Canada. O.S. is grateful for the support of an Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship from NSERC. A.E.K. would like to thank Schlumberger for financial support of the research.


  • Drop deformation and breakup
  • Lattice Boltzmann method
  • Binary liquid model
  • Peclet and Cahn numbers


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