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Title: Calibration of lubrication force measurements by lattice Boltzmann simulations
Authors: Kunert, C
Harting, J
2nd Micro and Nano Flows Conference (MNF2009)
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Brunel University
Citation: 2nd Micro and Nano Flows Conference, Brunel University, West London, UK, 01-02 September 2009
Abstract: Many experiments explore the hydrodynamic boundary of a surface by approaching a colloidal sphere and measuring the occurring lubrication force. However, in this case many different parameters like wettability and surface roughness influence the result. In the experiment these cannot be separated easily. For a deeper understanding of such surface effects a tool is required that predicts the influence of different surface properties. Here computer simulations can help. In this paper we present lattice Boltzmann simulations of a sphere submerged in a Newtonian liquid and show that our method is able to reproduce the theoretical predictions. In order to provide high precision simulation results the influence of finite size effects has to be controlled. We study the influence of the required system size and resolution of the sphere and demonstrate that already moderate computing ressources allow to keep the error below 1%.
Description: This paper was presented at the 2nd Micro and Nano Flows Conference (MNF2009), which was held at Brunel University, West London, UK. The conference was organised by Brunel University and supported by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, IPEM, the Italian Union of Thermofluid dynamics, the Process Intensification Network, HEXAG - the Heat Exchange Action Group and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.
ISBN: 978-1-902316-72-7
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