The immersed boundary method: Application to two-phase immiscible flows

Avihai Spizzichino, Sharone Goldring, Yuri Feldman

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In this paper we present an extended formulation of the immersed boundary (IB) method that facilitates simulation of incompressible immiscible two-phase flows. In the developed formulation the pressure field and the surface tension forces associated with interface curvature are implicitly introduced in the form of distributed Lagrange multipliers. The approach provides for impermeability between both phases and exhibits accurate mass conservation without the need for additional correction procedures. Further, we present a grid independence study and extensive verification of the developed method for representative 2D two-phase flows dominated by buoyancy, shear stress, and surface tension forces.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)107-134
Number of pages28
JournalCommunications in Computational Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Distributed Lagrange multiplier
  • Immersed boundary method
  • Two-phase immiscible flow

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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