Interfacial deformation and jetting of a magnetic fluid

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

8 Scopus citations


An attractive technique for forming and collecting aggregates of magnetic material at a liquid-air interface by an applied magnetic field gradient was recently proposed, and its underlying principle was studied theoretically and experimentally (Tsai et al., 2013): when the magnetic field is weak, the deflection of the liquid-air interface has a steady shape, while for sufficiently strong fields, the interface destabilizes and forms a jet that extracts magnetic material. Motivated by this work, we develop a numerical model for the closely related problem of solving two-phase Navier-Stokes equations coupled with the static Maxwell equations. We computationally model the forces generated by a magnetic field gradient produced by a permanent magnet and so determine the interfacial deflection of a magnetic fluid (a pure ferrofluid system) and the transition into a jet. We analyze the shape of the liquid-air interface during the deformation stage and the critical magnet distance for which the static interface transitions into a jet. We draw conclusions on the ability of our numerical model to predict the large interfacial deformation and the consequent jetting, free of fitting parameters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-156
Number of pages8
JournalComputers and Fluids
StatePublished - Jan 2 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science
  • General Engineering


  • Magnetic fluids
  • Maxwell equations
  • Moving boundaries and interfaces
  • Navier-Stokes solver
  • Volume of fluid method


Dive into the research topics of 'Interfacial deformation and jetting of a magnetic fluid'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this