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This paper describes a novel numerical algorithm for simulating interfacial dynamics of non-Newtonian fluids. The interface between two immiscible fluids is treated as a thin mixing layer across which physical properties vary steeply but continuously. The property and evolution of the interfacial layer is governed by a phase-field variable / that obeys a(More)
In this note we examine the implications of Cahn-Hilliard diffusion on mass conservation when using a phase-field model for simulating two-phase flows. Even though the phase-field variable φ is conserved globally, a drop shrinks spontaneously while φ shifts from its expected values in the bulk phases. Those changes are found to be proportional to the(More)
This work is motivated by the recent experimental development of microfluidic flow-focusing devices that produce highly monodisperse simple or compound drops. Using finite elements with adaptive meshing in a diffuse-interface framework, we simulate the breakup of simple and compound jets in coflowing conditions, and explore the flow regimes that prevail in(More)
This Letter reports numerical simulations motivated by experimental observations of an unusual inverted-heart shape for bubbles rising in an anisotropic micellar solution. We explain the bubble shape by assuming that the micelles are aligned into a nematic phase, whose anchoring energy on the bubble competes with the interfacial tension and the bulk(More)
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