A multigrid solver for the coupled pressure-temperature equations in an all-Mach solver with VoF

Youssef Saade*, Detlef Lohse, Daniel Fuster

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We present a generalisation of the all-Mach solver of Fuster and Popinet (2018) [1] to account for heat diffusion between two different compressible phases. By solving a two-way coupled system of equations for pressure and temperature, the current code is shown to increase the robustness and accuracy of the solver with respect to classical explicit discretization schemes. Different test cases are proposed to validate the implementation of the thermal effects: an Epstein-Plesset like problem for temperature is shown to compare well with a spectral method solution. The code also reproduces free small amplitude oscillations of a spherical bubble where analytical solutions capturing the transition between isothermal and adiabatic regimes are available. We show results of a single sonoluminescent bubble (SBSL) in standing waves, where the result of the DNS is compared with that of other methods in the literature. Moreover, the Rayleigh collapse problem is studied in order to evaluate the importance of thermal effects on the peak pressures reached during the collapse of spherical bubbles. Finally, the collapse of a bubble near a rigid boundary is studied reporting the change of heat flux as a function of the stand-off distance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number111865
JournalJournal of computational physics
Early online date28 Dec 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2023


  • UT-Hybrid-D
  • Compressible flows
  • Multiphase flows
  • Thermal effects
  • Volume-of-Fluid
  • Bubble dynamics


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