Numerical experiments of ascending bubbles for fluid dynamic force calculations

  • Franco BarbiEmail author
  • Márcio Ricardo Pivello
  • Millena Martins Villar
  • Ricardo Serfaty
  • Alexandre Megiorin Roma
  • Aristeu da Silveira Neto
Technical Paper


With the usage of a robust and efficient method, validated with literature data, numerical experiments were developed to analyze isolated rising bubbles and quantify fluid dynamic forces acting on them. An integral method is presented and used for the calculus, allowing the observation of the evolution of the total fluid dynamic force and the momentum rate of change in different types of rising bubbles. Drag coefficients were calculated and compared with literature correlations. Results showed that the present method is qualified to be applied for numerical experiments of isolated rising bubbles.


Volume of fluid Adaptive mesh refinement Multiphase flow Bubble drag coefficient Fluid dynamic forces 



This work was sponsored by PETROBRAS (Cooperation Agreements No. 0050.0071368.11.9/4600344971) and CAPES.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Franco Barbi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Márcio Ricardo Pivello
    • 1
  • Millena Martins Villar
    • 1
  • Ricardo Serfaty
    • 2
  • Alexandre Megiorin Roma
    • 3
  • Aristeu da Silveira Neto
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculdade de Engenharia MecânicaUniversidade Federal de UberlândiaUberlândiaBrazil
  2. 2.Centro de de Pesquisas e Desenvolvimento Leopoldo Américo Miguez de MelloRio de JaneiroBrazil
  3. 3.Instituto de Matemática e Estatística da Universidade de São PauloSão PauloBrazil

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