SOLA-VOF

SOLA-VOF: A solution algorithm for transient fluid flow with multiple free boundaries. In this report a simple, but powerful, computer program is presented for the solution of two-dimensional transient fluid flow with free boundaries. The SOLA-VOF program, which is based on the concept of a fractional volume of fluid (VOF), is more flexible and efficient than other methods for treating arbitrary free boundaries. SOLA-VOF has a variety of user options that provide capabilities for a wide range of applications. Its basic mode of operation is for single fluid calculations having multiple free surfaces. However, SOLA-VOF can also be used for calculations involving two fluids separated by a sharp interface. In either case, the fluids may be treated as incompressible or as having limited compressibility. Surface tension forces with wall adhesion are permitted in both cases. Internal obstacles may be defined by blocking out any desired combination of cells in the mesh, which is composed of rectangular cells of variable size. SOLA-VOF is an easy-to-use program. Its logical parts are isolated in separate subroutines, and numerous special features have been included to simplify its operation, such as an automatic time-step control, a flexible mesh generator, extensive output capabilities, a variety of optional boundary conditions, and instructive internal documentation


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  1. Borzenko, Evgeny I.; Hegaj, Efim I.: Three-dimensional simulation of a tank filling with a viscous fluid using the VOF method (2020)
  2. Jackson, Haran; Nikiforakis, Nikos: A unified Eulerian framework for multimaterial continuum mechanics (2020)
  3. Manzanero, Juan; Rubio, Gonzalo; Kopriva, David A.; Ferrer, Esteban; Valero, Eusebio: An entropy-stable discontinuous Galerkin approximation for the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations with variable density and artificial compressibility (2020)
  4. Cao, Zhizhu; Sun, Dongliang; Wei, Jinjia; Yu, Bo; Li, Jingfa: A coupled volume-of-fluid and level set method based on general curvilinear grids with accurate surface tension calculation (2019)
  5. Robey, Jonathan M.; Puckett, Elbridge Gerry: Implementation of a volume-of-fluid method in a finite element code with applications to thermochemical convection in a density stratified fluid in the Earth’s mantle (2019)
  6. Owkes, Mark; Cauble, Eric; Senecal, Jacob; Currie, Robert A.: Importance of curvature evaluation scale for predictive simulations of dynamic gas-liquid interfaces (2018)
  7. Liu, Fushui; Kang, Ning; Li, Yikai: Numerical investigation on the mechanism of ligament formation aroused by Rayleigh-Taylor instability (2017)
  8. Liu, Fushui; Xu, Yang; Li, Yikai: A coupled level-set and volume-of-fluid method for simulating axi-symmetric incompressible two-phase flows (2017)
  9. Michael, L.; Nikiforakis, N.: A hybrid formulation for the numerical simulation of condensed phase explosives (2016)
  10. Owkes, Mark; Desjardins, Olivier: A mesh-decoupled height function method for computing interface curvature (2015)
  11. Saghi, H.; Ketabdari, M. J.: A modification to SLIC and PLIC volume of fluid models using new advection method (2014)
  12. Le Chenadec, Vincent; Pitsch, Heinz: A 3D unsplit forward/backward volume-of-fluid approach and coupling to the level set method (2013)
  13. Guo, Lian Cheng; Zhang, Shuai; Morita, Koji; Fukuda, Kenji: Fundamental validation of the finite volume particle method for 3D sloshing dynamics (2012)
  14. Ketabdari, M. J.; Saghi, H.: A novel algorithm of advection procedure in volume of fluid method to model free surface flows (2012)
  15. Raessi, Mehdi; Pitsch, Heinz: Consistent mass and momentum transport for simulating incompressible interfacial flows with large density ratios using the level set method (2012)
  16. Bornia, G.; Cervone, A.; Manservisi, S.; Scardovelli, R.; Zaleski, S.: On the properties and limitations of the height function method in two-dimensional Cartesian geometry (2011)
  17. Lv, Xin; Zou, Qingping; Zhao, Yong; Reeve, Dominic: A novel coupled level set and volume of fluid method for sharp interface capturing on 3D tetrahedral grids (2010)
  18. Chen, Hamn-Ching; Yu, Kai: CFD simulations of wave-current-body interactions including greenwater and wet deck slamming (2009)
  19. Nobari, M. R. H.; Ketabdari, M. J.; Moradi, M.: A modified volume of fluid advection method for uniform Cartesian grids (2009)
  20. Tome, Murilo F.; Silva, Renato A. P.; Oishi, Cassio M.; Mckee, Sean: Numerical solution of the upper-convected Maxwell model for three-dimensional free surface flows (2009)

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