A Current Loop Model for the Fast Simulation of Ferrofluids

Han Shao, Libo Huang, Dominik L. Michels

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Ferrofluids are oil-based liquids containing magnetic particles that interact with magnetic fields without solidifying. Leveraging the exploration of new applications of these promising materials (such as in optics, medicine and engineering) requires high fidelity modeling and simulation capabilities in order to accurately explore ferrofluids in silico. While recent work addressed the macroscopic simulation of large-scale ferrofluids using smoothed-particle hydrodynamics (SPH), such simulations are computationally expensive. In their work, the Kelvin force model has been used to calculate interactions between different SPH particles. The application of this model results in a force pointing outwards with respect to the fluid surface causing significant levitation problems. This drawback limits the application of more advanced and efficient SPH frameworks such as divergence-free SPH (DFSPH) or implicit incompressible SPH (IISPH). In this contribution, we propose a current loop magnetic force model which enables the fast macroscopic simulation of ferrofluids. Our new force model results in a force term pointing inwards allowing for more stable and fast simulations of ferrofluids using DFSPH and IISPH.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
StatePublished - Oct 3 2022

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2022-10-05
Acknowledgements: The authors would like to thank Jan Bender for publishing the DFSPH framework open-source. This work was supported and funded by KAUST through the baseline funding of the Computational Sciences Group within the Visual Computing Center.


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