Finite Element Modeling of 3D Fluid Dynamics in Crystal Growth Systems

Jeffrey J. Derby, Yong Il Kwon, J. Carlos Rojo, Bhushan Vartak, Andrew Yeckel

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We describe massively parallel finite element computations of fluid dynamics for several crystal growth systems. Examples are presented of how large-scale numerical simulations have been used to gain insights to the workings of several processes, specifically the melt growth of oxide crystals by the Czochralski process and the solution growth of nonlinear optical crystals. These systems are characterized by nonlinear interactions between field and interfacial phenomena - the transport of momentum, heat, and mass coupled with solidification kinetics. Modern finite element methods show great potential to provide the understanding needed to optimize these processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-240
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 1999

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Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by the US National Science Foundation and by the Army


  • Crystal growth
  • Finite element model
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Heat transfer
  • Mass transfer


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