Numerical solution of the upper-convected maxwell model for three-dimensional free surface flows

Murilo F. Tome, Renato A.P. Silva, Cassio A. Oishi, S. McKee

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This work presents a finite difference technique for simulating three-dimensional free surface flows governed by the Upper-Convected Maxwell (UCM) constitutive equation. A Marker-and-Cell approach is employed to represent the fluid free surface and formulations for calculating the non-Newtonian stress tensor on solid boundaries are developed. The complete free surface stress conditions are employed. The momentum equation is solved by an implicit technique while the UCM constitutive equation is integrated by the explicit Euler method. The resulting equations are solved by the finite difference method on a 3D-staggered grid. By using an exact solution for fully developed flow inside a pipe, validation and convergence results are provided. Numerical results include the simulation of the transient extrudate swell and the comparison between jet buckling of UCM and Newtonian fluids.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-395
Number of pages28
JournalCommunications in Computational Physics
Issue number2
Early online date15 Dec 2008
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009


  • viscoelastic flow
  • upper convected maxwell
  • finite difference
  • free surface
  • implicit techniques
  • marker and cell

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