Phase-field model of Hele-Shaw flows in the high-viscosity contrast regime.

Research paper by A A Hernández-Machado, A M AM Lacasta, E E Mayoral, E E Corvera Poiré

Indexed on: 20 Dec '03Published on: 20 Dec '03Published in: Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics


A one-sided phase-field model is proposed to study the dynamics of unstable interfaces of Hele-Shaw flows in the high viscosity contrast regime. The corresponding macroscopic equations are obtained by means of an asymptotic expansion from the phase-field model. Numerical integrations of the phase-field model in a rectangular Hele-Shaw cell reproduce finger competition with the final evolution to a steady-state finger.