I am a relatively new user to
I am a relatively new user to the OpenFOAM community, and would appreciate some feedback/direction on a new solver I will be working on in OpenFOAM as part of my PhD.
From the documentation I have seen to date, there does not appear to be an implementation of the Phase Field multiphase flow model in OpenFOAM at this time. I have been reviewing the existing solvers and just about all the documentation I can get my hands on, but I am finding that there is still not a good step-by-step tutorial out there on development of a new solver in OpenFOAM. Below is a brief outline of the application I am trying to develop:
Phase Field Model
Most similar to level-set method, but with the order parameter governed by the Cahn-Hilliard equation which uses chemical potential gradients and the minimization of free energy to govern interface movement).
phi - typically representing mole fraction
Step 1: Update phi:
1) Calculate chemical potential field based on the leplacian of phi and an energy of mixing term (linear equation which is a function of phi).
2) Solve the Cahn-Hilliard equation implicitely for the new phi (involves temporal term, convective term, and diffusive term with the leplacian of the chemical potential).
In reality, this step could be solved in one stage, but unfortunately there is a forth order derivative involved for which the documentation has lead me to believe is not supported with OpenFOAM's grid structure (cannot find second neighbor for 5-point descretization). So instead, I plan to calculate the chemical potential, then take the leplacian to get the final results.
Solve the momentum conservation equation, with an additional source term incorporating the momentum forcing from the chemical potential gradients (similar to curvature * surface tension * surface normal vector).
Perform pressure velocity correction
Calculate residuals for phi and velocity, and confirm a divergence free velocity vield.
If all residuals are below the specified tolerance, move to the next timestep. otherwise, go back to step 1, but using the new velocity field.
In regards to the questions and feedback:
1) The most obvious, Is there an existing solver in OpenFOAM (or one that you know of that is not in the standard release) that could be easily adapted to meet the needs of this application?
2) Has anyone come across a comprehensive outline describing the addition of a new solver from start to finish (i.e. adding new scalar fields, defining them in the FoamX configuration files so that they can be accessed in FoamX, outlining the function of each #include statement, and describing when each is required. etc.)
3) I am a bit concerned about my intended method for solving the cahn hilliard equation via a calculated chemical potential field (cheat for 4th order derivative). I know that it will use additional resources and could introduce additional numerical instability, but I have not been able to find a viable alternative as of yet... I would appreciate some input on any complications that you might foresee, or any methods which might prove to be better suited.
Thank you in advance for any help provided.
As an additional note, the mod
As an additional note, the model will eventually need to include easily edited functions describing such properties as the mixing energy (used in the calculation of the chemical poential), and two-phase properties as a function of phi (density, viscosity, mobility).
There are also a number of constants required which need to be incorporated into the dictionary files for ease of modification.
Hi Adam, I have been toying
I have been toying with modeling a Cahn-Hilliard solution in openfoam as well. I'm not sure that I can be of too much help at this point, but my initial thought is that the biharmonic operator should be fairly stable out of the box, so to speak.
This might be helpful as well:
If you get things working at all please do share. I plan to start working with this model soon, so I'll post back here as well if I get anywhere.
Adam, Still haven't had a
Still haven't had a chance to work too much on this, but thought I'd pass along a neat opensource C code that might come in handy:
thanks to Mogadalai Pandurangan Gururajan.
Has anybody got a OF solver for the Cahn-Hilliard equation?
Phase-Field solver built?
I have just read you post which was posted in March, well, a half year ago. I just want to inform myself if you had any succeed to build a phase field solver for openfoam?
I am also considering Phase-filed method for my case. I just wonder if anyone is successful in implementing that method in OF?
I am also very interested on whether anyone has already implemented that in openfoam?
no news about a phase-field formulation in OF?
I am pretty far on implementing the Cahn-Hilliard model into the two-phase solver interFoam. The new solver compiles and it also runs. However I have to fix some problem with the alpha limiter. The problem is the 4th order diffusion term most certainly. When this is fixed I am going to validate the solver and share it with the public. If you guys are still interested just let me know.
How far are you in two phase solver? I am working on same but do not know how to implement 4th order derivative. Could you please share some details?
I've got the same problem. Leaving this 4th order diffusion term out of the equation works and the results seem realistic. However I want to implement the whole equation so I am still working on it. I've build my solver upon the interFoam code and I used the equation from fipy documentaion:
I introduced a second equation for Psi for the diffusion term in the alpha1 equation which is solved at first. However the 4th order diffusion term gives me weird alphas maybe because of the explicit calculation of Psi. I am pretty much stuck at this point. I can upload the solver if you're interested.
Which equations are you using and how far are you?
Do you get non physical values of alpha1? Because that is where I am stuck too. I am solving the diffusion equation and not the Navier-Stokes couple.
BTW, the Psi term does not look physical with second order derivative of free energy. Is there a documentation for this term?
I think the second order derivative of the free energy is correct because you have to write f'(phi) in canonical form. Thats how you end up with the equation for Psi. Also this equation works in my code without the energy gradient term.
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