Master’s Thesis Presentation • Scientific Computation — Simulation of the Ferrofluid Interface

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 10:00 am - 10:00 am EDT (GMT -04:00)

Please note: This master’s thesis presentation will be given online.

Michael Honke, Master’s candidate
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

Ferrofluids are a category of fluids with motion that is influenced by magnetic fields. The Rosensweig instability, a defining feature of ferrofluids, has been previously simulated. However, these simulations use restrictive assumptions, such as quasistatic motion, limiting their applications. The first simulation to reproduce characteristics of the Rosensweig instability, without restrictive assumptions, was recently published in 2019 using a Lagrangian (particle-based) method.

We present a Eulerian (grid-based) approach to simulating ferrofluids along with their accompanying Rosensweig instability. Our simulation methods include a new version of particle level set, with a GPU implementation, as well as improved curvature estimation tools. These new methodologies are applicable to fluid simulation problems beyond ferrofluids. As a verification of our simulator, we produce a simulated Rosensweig instability for a pool of ferrofluid above a magnet.

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