A finite-element/boundary-element method for large-displacement fluid-structure interaction

T.M. Opstal, van, E.H. Brummelen, van, R. Borst, de, M.R. Lewis

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We present a combined finite-element/boundary-element method to simulate inflation processes, characterized by a light, folded structure enveloping a viscous fluid. The application of the boundary-element method to approximate the flow allows for automatic evolution of the problem domain according to the kinematic condition. Moreover, it provides an intrinsic mechanism to treat the ubiquitous self-contact, common to inflation problems. We numerically verify that self-contact is indeed prevented and demonstrate the versatility and robustness of this method. Keywords: fluid-structure interaction, inflatable structures, boundary element method, strong coupling, Stokes flow
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)779-788
JournalComputational Mechanics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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