Phase-field lattice Boltzmann modeling of boiling using a sharp-interface energy solver
AbstractThe main objective of this paper is to extend an isothermal incompressible two-phase lattice Boltzmann equation method to model liquid-vapor phase change problems using a sharp-interface energy solver. Two discrete particle distribution functions, one for the continuity equation and the other for the pressure evolution and momentum equations, are considered in the current model. The sharp-interface macroscopic internal energy equation is discretized with an isotropic finite difference method to find temperature distribution in the system. The mass flow generated at liquid-vapor phase interface is embedded in the pressure evolution equation. The sharp-interface treatment of internal energy equation helps to find the interfacial mass flow rate accurately where no free parameter is needed in the calculations. The proposed model is verified against available theoretical solutions of the two-phase Stefan problem and the two-phase sucking interface problem, with which our simulation results are in good agreement. The liquid droplet evaporation in a superheated vapor, the vapor bubble growth in a superheated liquid, and the vapor bubble rising in a superheated liquid are analyzed and underlying physical characteristics are discussed in detail. The model is successfully tested for the liquid-vapor phase change with large density ratio up to 1000.