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Old   April 16, 2015, 09:14
Question phase_diameter
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Hi everyone! I'm trying to simulate the encapsulation of pancreatic islets in a very simple chamber. In the attachments we find a picture that describe it.
In the small capillary flow polymeric material and islet(respectively 87% and 13% of volume fraction), in the large capillary flows oil(100%). At the outlet of the small capillary, the islet should come encapsulate, thanks to the action of the instability of Rayleigh-Plateau and also to the action of the oil on the polymeric material. In other words these islets are inside a coating of polymeric material, as is shown in the second attachment (named conformal). These two flows (oil and polymeric material plus islets) are coaxial flows.
I am trying to write a udf that permits me to calculate the coating thickness.
My idea is to create planes in the convergent and evaluate on them the coating thickness by a volume fraction study. In other words, on this plane my udf must calculate the volume fraction of islets and water, must remove the cells that contains a vof<0.0505, and least must evaluate the diameter of these two phases.
I think it's possible to do, but i have several problems.
First of all, I don't know if it's possible declare two or more phases when I use, for example, C_VOF(c,t). "t" is my thread: is it possible to declare two phase, using for example pt[1,2]?
Another problem is the function C_PHASE_DIAMETER(c,t). In various forums I found it use in this way "C_PHASE_DIAMETER(f,t). But, why put "f" and no "c"?

My udf is this:


#include "udf.h"
#include "stdio.h"
#include "stdlib.h"

Domain *d=Get_Domain(1);
Thread **pt;
Thread *t;
cell_t c;
float diam_islet;
float diam_water_islet;
float radius_islet;
float radius_water;
float coating;
float vof_islet;
int ID[3]={3,10,13};
int i;



vof_islet = C_VOF(c,pt[2]);
vof_water = C_VOF(c,pt[1]);
printf("%f\n", vof_islet);

if (vof_islet>0.0505 && vof_islet<=1)

printf ("islets diameter: %f\n",diam_islet);
if (0.0505<=vof_water<=1)

printf("water diameter: %f\n", diam_water);

printf("radius_islet: %f\n", radius_islet);

printf("radius_water: %f\n", radius_water);

printf("coating thickness is: %f\n", coating);


Another question is the following: I'm using an Euler Euler model, but the volume fraction of the islets is approximatively 13%. Is this method suitable for my problem, or DPM is more appropriate?
Thanks a lot!
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File Type: jpg Senza titolo-1 copia.jpg (20.7 KB, 4 views)
File Type: jpg CONFORMAL.jpg (13.6 KB, 4 views)

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eulerian multiphase model, multiphase flows, udf

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