A level-set method for convective-diffusive particle deposition

Y. F. Yap, F. M. Vargas, J. C. Chai

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This article presents a fixed-mesh approach to model convective-diffusive particle deposition onto surfaces. The deposition occurring at the depositing front is modeled as a first order reaction. The evolving depositing front is captured implicitly using the level-set method. Within the level-set formulation, the particle consumed during the deposition process is accounted for via a volumetric sink term in the species conservation equation for the particles. Fluid flow is modeled using the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations. The presented approach is implemented within the framework of a finite volume method. Validations are made against solutions of the total concentration approach for one- and two-dimensional depositions with and without convective effect. The presented approach is then employed to investigate deposition on single- and multi-tube arrays in a cross-flow configuration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5245-5259
Number of pages15
JournalApplied Mathematical Modelling
Issue number7
Early online date29 Oct 2012
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2013
Externally publishedYes


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