Pattern study of thermal phase separation for binary fluid mixtures
Date of Issue2011
School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to present numerical results about phase separation of binary fluid mixtures quenched by contact with cold walls. Design/methodology/approach - The thermal phase separation is simulated by using a hybrid lattice Boltzmann method that solves the continuity and the Navier-Stokes equations. The equations for energy and concentration are solved by using a finite-difference scheme. This approach provides a complete description of the thermo-hydrodynamic effects in the mixture. Findings - A rich variety of domain patterns are found depending on the viscosity and on the heat conductivity of the mixture. Ordered lamellar structures are observed at high viscosity while domains rounded in shape dominate the phase separation at low viscosity, where two scales characterize the growth of domains. Research limitations/implications - The present approach provides a numerical method that can be extended to other systems such as liquid-vapor or lamellar systems. Moreover, a three-dimensional study can give a complete picture of thermo-hydrodynamic effects. Originality/value - This paper provides a consistent thermodynamic theoretical framework for a binary fluid mixture and a numerically stable method to simulate them.
DRNTU::Science::Physics::Heat and thermodynamics
International journal of numerical methods for heat and fluid flow
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