Phase-field simulations of crystal growth in a two-dimensional cavity flow

Seunggyu Lee, Yibao Li, Jaemin Shin, Junseok Kim

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In this paper, we consider a phase-field model for dendritic growth in a two-dimensional cavity flow and propose a computationally efficient numerical method for solving the model. The crystal is fixed in the space and cannot be convected in most of the previous studies, instead the supercooled melt flows around the crystal, which is hard to be realized in the real world experimental setting. Applying advection to the crystal equation, we have problems such as deformation of crystal shape and ambiguity of the crystal orientation for the anisotropy. To resolve these difficulties, we present a phase-field method by using a moving overset grid for the dendritic growth in a cavity flow. Numerical results show that the proposed method can predict the crystal growth under flow.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-94
Number of pages11
JournalComputer Physics Communications
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jul


  • Cavity flow
  • Crystal growth
  • Moving overset grid
  • Phase-field method

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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