coupling vof with single phase flow and gravity term
Hey everyone,
currently developing two phase flow solver. I have written a 2D navier stokes solver for a single phase flow and tested it. I also wrote a VOFplic algorithm and tested that and it works. Now when I couple the two together and add gravity it doesnt work. Any suggestions on how to treat gravity ? I have modified my single phase solver to include dimensional quantities and density and rho are used explicitly. It's based on a predictor corrector step. When I couple the vof with the single phase I treat the gravity term as a constant and add it to the nonlinear and viscous terms in the predictor step. Is that the way to go about it ? I'm trying to simulate the RayleighTaylor problem. Your input would be highly appreciated. 
It would help to know what exactly isn't working. Using the current values of density and viscosity for create an explicit time stepping method should be ok. Not sure what you mean by treating the gravity term as a constant though.
Also you can incorporate gravity as a boundary condition at the interface instead of body force that acts throughout your whole domain. 
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u*u = dt * ( nonlin_terms + visc terms) what I did was just add gravity to that: u*u = dt * ( nonlin_terms + visc terms +g ) where g = 9.8 and it doesnt work. When I plot the velocity vectors I dont get vectors pointing down. Also how would you apply gravity to boundary conditions ? 
I had divided my equations by rho basically solving for the nonconservative form.
For the boundary condition at the interface, does it still apply if I don't have the surface stress applied yet? From what I understand the RayleighTaylor doesnt need the surface stress so can I just eliminate it from the equation you stated ? Again thanks for your prompt reply. 
Your density shouldn't be constant throughout the domain so if you are dividing out the density you should be introducing a density ratio term, rho1/rho2. then the equation would look more like
u*u = dt * ( nonlin_terms + visc terms +g*(x)*rho(x) )/rho2 u*u = dt * ( nonlin_terms + visc terms)/rho2 +dt*g*(x)*R where R = rho(x)/rho2 Is you interface perfectly flat, or have you introduced a perturbation to it? You should examine you pressure field to see if your getting the hydrostatic pressure correct. The boundary condition will still hold if you set the surface tension to zero and eliminate those terms. 
My density varies it isn't constant. Is rho2 a reference density ?
The way I do it is I say rho(x) = rho1*c + (1c)*rho2 where c = volume fraction, rho1 = rho_liquid and rho2 = rho_gas The rho I divide by is rho(x) which is defined as above. So should I be multiplying g by rho1 or rho2 in this case ? Also my interface is perturbed. Basically for initial conditions, u = v = p = 0 I specify the perturbation by y(x) = 2+0.05*cos(2*pi*x) to give the interface that curve shape. Domain is 1x4 
That depends on the initial situations and your solver, for the boundary condition of the Poisson equation should be consist with the pressure gradient and gravity terms.

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