Computational Mechanics

, Volume 52, Issue 6, pp 1301–1312

Finite element computation and experimental validation of sloshing in rectangular tanks

  • Marcela A. Cruchaga
  • Ricardo S. Reinoso
  • Mario A. Storti
  • Diego J. Celentano
  • Tayfun E. Tezduyar
Original Paper

Abstract

Finite element computation and experimental validation of sloshing in rectangular tanks near the primary and secondary resonance modes are presented. In particular, 2D free-surface evolution is studied. The computational analysis is based on solving the Navier-Stokes equations of incompressible flows with a monolithic solver that includes a stabilized formulation and a Lagrangian tracking technique for updating the free surface. The time-dependent behavior of the numerical and experimental wave heights at different control points are compared, where the experimental data is collected using ultrasonic sensors and a shake table that controls the motion of the rectangular container.

Keywords

Sloshing Numerical simulation Experimental validation 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcela A. Cruchaga
    • 1
  • Ricardo S. Reinoso
    • 1
  • Mario A. Storti
    • 2
  • Diego J. Celentano
    • 3
  • Tayfun E. Tezduyar
    • 4
  1. 1.Departamento de Ingeniería MecánicaUniversidad de Santiago de Chile USACHSantiagoChile
  2. 2.CIMEC, INTEC—Universidad Nacional del Litoral y CONICETSanta FeArgentina
  3. 3.Departamento de Ingeniería Mecánica y MetalúrgicaPontificia Universidad Católica de Chile PUCSantiagoChile
  4. 4.Mechanical EngineeringRice UniversityHoustonUSA

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