# src/test/spurious.c

# Circular droplet in equilibrium

This is the classical “spurious” or “parasitic currents” test case discussed in Popinet, 2009.

We use the Navier–Stokes solver with VOF interface tracking and surface tension.

```
#define JACOBI 1
#include "navier-stokes/centered.h"
#include "vof.h"
#include "tension.h"
```

The interface is represented by the volume fraction field *c*.

`scalar c[], * interfaces = {c};`

The diameter of the droplet is 0.8. The density is constant (equal to unity by default), and the viscosity is defined through the Laplace number $$La=\sigma \rho D/{\mu}^{2}$$ with $\sigma $ set to one. The simulation time is set to the characteristic viscous damping timescale.

```
#define DIAMETER 0.8
#define MU sqrt(DIAMETER/LAPLACE)
#define TMAX (sq(DIAMETER)/MU)
```

We will vary the number of levels of refinement (to study the convergence), the Laplace number and *DC* a convergence parameter which measures the variation in volume fraction between successive timesteps (to evaluate whether we are close to a steady solution).

```
int LEVEL;
double LAPLACE;
double DC = 0.;
FILE * fp = NULL;
int main() {
```

We neglect the advection terms and vary the Laplace, for a constant resolution of 5 levels.

```
TOLERANCE = 1e-6;
stokes = true;
c.σ = 1;
LEVEL = 5;
N = 1 << LEVEL;
for (LAPLACE = 120; LAPLACE <= 12000; LAPLACE *= 10)
run();
```

We now fix the Laplace number and look for stationary solutions (i.e. the volume fraction field is converged to within 1e-10) for varying spatial resolutions.

```
LAPLACE = 12000; DC = 1e-10;
for (LEVEL = 3; LEVEL <= 7; LEVEL++)
if (LEVEL != 5) {
N = 1 << LEVEL;
run();
}
}
```

We allocate a field to store the previous volume fraction field (to check for stationary solutions).

```
scalar cn[];
event init (i = 0) {
```

We set the constant viscosity field…

```
const face vector muc[] = {MU,MU};
μ = muc;
```

… open a new file to store the evolution of the amplitude of spurious currents for the various LAPLACE, LEVEL combinations…

```
char name[80];
sprintf (name, "La-%g-%d", LAPLACE, LEVEL);
if (fp)
fclose (fp);
fp = fopen (name, "w");
```

… and initialise the shape of the interface and the initial volume fraction field.

```
fraction (c, sq(DIAMETER/2) - sq(x) - sq(y));
foreach()
cn[] = c[];
boundary ({cn});
}
event logfile (i++; t <= TMAX)
{
```

At every timestep, we check whether the volume fraction field has converged.

```
double dc = change (c, cn);
if (i > 1 && dc < DC)
return 1; /* stop */
```

And we output the evolution of the maximum velocity.

```
scalar un[];
foreach()
un[] = norm(u);
fprintf (fp, "%g %g %g\n",
MU*t/sq(DIAMETER), normf(un).max*sqrt(DIAMETER), dc);
}
event error (t = end) {
```

At the end of the simulation, we compute the equivalent radius of the droplet.

```
double vol = statsf(c).sum;
double radius = sqrt(4.*vol/π);
```

We recompute the reference solution.

```
scalar cref[];
fraction (cref, sq(DIAMETER/2) - sq(x) - sq(y));
```

And compute the maximum error on the curvature *ekmax*, the norm of the velocity *un* and the shape error *ec*.

```
double ekmax = 0.;
scalar un[], ec[], κ[];
curvature (c, κ);
foreach() {
un[] = norm(u);
ec[] = c[] - cref[];
if (κ[] != nodata) {
double ek = fabs (κ[] - (/*AXI*/ + 1.)/radius);
if (ek > ekmax)
ekmax = ek;
}
}
```

We output these on standard error (i.e. the *log* file).

```
norm ne = normf (ec);
fprintf (stderr, "%d %g %g %g %g %g %g\n",
LEVEL, LAPLACE,
normf(un).max*sqrt(DIAMETER),
ne.avg, ne.rms, ne.max,
ekmax);
}
#if 0
event gfsview (i += 10) {
static FILE * fp = popen ("gfsview2D spurious.gfv", "w");
output_gfs (fp);
}
#endif
```

We use an adaptive mesh with a constant (maximum) resolution along the interface.

```
#if TREE
event adapt (i <= 10; i++) {
adapt_wavelet ({c}, (double[]){0}, maxlevel = LEVEL, minlevel = 0);
}
#endif
```

## Results

The maximum velocity converges toward machine zero for a wide range of Laplace numbers on a timescale comparable to the viscous dissipation timescale, as expected.

The equilibrium shape and curvature converge toward the exact shape and curvature at close to second-order rate.