Monotone level-sets on arbitrary meshes without redistancing

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In this paper we present a level-set approach that addresses two issues that can occur when the level-set approach is used to simulate two-fluid flows in engineering practice.
The first issues is that of smoothing of the Heaviside on arbitrary meshes. It is shown that the Heaviside can be non-smooth on non-uniform meshes. Alternative definitions of smoothing, that are indeed smooth and monotonic, are defined. These new definitions lead to smooth Heavisides by taking the changing local meshsize into account.
The second issue is the computational cost and fragility caused by the necessity of redistancing the level-set field. In [1, 2], it is shown that strongly coupling the level-set convection with the flow solver gives robustness and potentially efficiency and accuracy advantages. The next step would be to include redistanc- ing within the strong coupling. Four alternative approaches for circumventing the expensive redistancing step are proposed.
Some benchmark cases used to show the efficacy of the proposed approaches. These includes the standard test case of the vortex in a box. Based on these results the most favourable redistancing approach is selected.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-85
JournalComputers & Fluids
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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  • level-set
  • arbitrary meshes
  • smooth Heaviside
  • implicit redistancing


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