Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Cruchaga M., Lohner R. and Celentano D.J. (2012)

Experimental and numerical analysis of a sphere falling into a viscous fluid. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/fld.2648

Revista : International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids
Volumen : 69
Número : 9
Páginas : 1496-1521
Tipo de publicación : ISI Ir a publicación


The experimental and numerical analysis of spheres falling into viscous flows is considered. The physical model is built using a set of silicone and glass spheres falling into oil and water. The rigid-body trajectory of the sphere and the free surface evolution are obtained from videos. The numerical results are obtained using two different finite element codes. The first code uses a fractional step approach with adaptive meshes and time-step sizes whereas the second code uses a monolithic fully coupled fixed-mesh technique. The results exhibit a good comparison between both numerical techniques and with the experiments.