Collapse of a liquid column: Numerical simulation and experimental validation

Marcela A. Cruchaga*, Diego J. Celentano, Tayfun E. Tezduyar

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This paper is focused on the numerical and experimental analyses of the collapse of a liquid column. The measurements of the interface position in a set of experiments carried out with shampoo and water for two different initial column aspect ratios are presented together with the corresponding numerical predictions. The experimental procedure was found to provide acceptable recurrence in the observation of the interface evolution. Basic models describing some of the relevant physical aspects, e.g. wall friction and turbulence, are included in the simulations. Numerical experiments are conducted to evaluate the influence of the parameters involved in the modeling by comparing the results with the data from the measurements. The numerical predictions reasonably describe the physical trends.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-476
Number of pages24
JournalComputational Mechanics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Mar
Externally publishedYes


  • Computational fluid mechanics
  • Experimental validation
  • Moving interfaces
  • Two-fluid flows

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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