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Multiphase Microfluidics: The Diffuse Interface Model

  • Roberto Mauri

Part of the CISM Courses and Lectures book series (CISM, volume 538)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Andrea G. Lamorgese, Dafne Molin, Roberto Mauri
    Pages 1-72
  3. Jang Min Park, Roberto Mauri, Patrick D. Anderson
    Pages 73-91
  4. Mathis Plapp
    Pages 129-175

About this book


Multiphase flows are typically described assuming that the different phases are separated by a sharp interface, with appropriate boundary conditions. This approach breaks down whenever the lengthscale of the phenomenon that is being studied is comparable with the real interface thickness, as it happens, for example, in the coalescence and breakup of bubbles and drops, the wetting and dewetting of solid surfaces and, in general, im micro-devices. The diffuse interface model resolves these probems by assuming that all quantities can vary continuously, so that interfaces have a non-zero thickness, i.e. they are "diffuse". The contributions in this book review the theory and describe some relevant applications of the diffuse interface model for one-component, two-phase fluids and for liquid binary mixtures, to model multiphase flows in confined geometries.


Asymptotic Analysis Diffuse Interface Method Multiphase Flows Surface Phenomena

Editors and affiliations

  • Roberto Mauri
    • 1
  1. 1.University of PisaItaly

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