Fluid-Structure Interaction Using Nonconforming Finite Element Methods

  • Edward Swim
  • Padmanabhan Seshaiyer
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computational Science and Engineering book series (LNCSE, volume 40)


Direct numerical solution of the highly nonlinear equations governing even the most simplified models of fluid-structure interaction requires that both the flow field and the domain shape be determined as part of the solution since neither is known a priori. To accomplish this, previous algorithms have decoupled the solid and fluid mechanics, solving for each separately and converging iteratively to a solution which satisfies both. In this paper, we describe a nonconforming finite element method which solves the problem of interaction between a viscous incompressible fluid and a structure whose deformation defines the interface between the two simultaneously. A general methodology is described for the model 2D problem and the algorithm is validated computationally for a one-dimensional example.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward Swim
    • 1
  • Padmanabhan Seshaiyer
    • 1
  1. 1.Mathematics and StatisticsTexas Tech University

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