A method for numerical simulation of superfluid helium

C. Darve*, L. Bottura, N. A. Patankar, S. W. Van Sciver

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Superfluid helium Transport phenomena can be described using the two-fluid Landau-Khalatnikov model and the Gorter-Mellink mutual friction. We have continued our previous work devoted to the formulation of a system of equations to describe the heat and mass transport in superfluid helium, and its numerical solution. The main advantage of the approach proposed is that it yields explicitly pressure and temperature as system variables, which can be used to stabilize the numerical solution. In the paper we describe the numerical implementation of the method proposed, and first results on simple test cases that prove the stability and convergence of the procedure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Cryogenic Engineering - Transactions of the Cryogenic Engineering Conference-CEC
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Aug 8 2012
Event2011 Joint Cryogenic Engineering and International Cryogenic Materials Conferences - Spokane, WA, United States
Duration: Jun 13 2011Jun 17 2011

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


Other2011 Joint Cryogenic Engineering and International Cryogenic Materials Conferences
CountryUnited States
CitySpokane, WA


  • Numerical simulation
  • Superfluid helium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Plant Science
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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