A Nitsche-based cut finite element method for a fluid--structure interaction problem

14 Apr 2015  ·  Massing Andre, Larson Mats G., Logg Anders, Rognes Marie E. ·

We present a new composite mesh finite element method for fluid--structure interaction problems. The method is based on surrounding the structure by a boundary-fitted fluid mesh which is embedded into a fixed background fluid mesh... The embedding allows for an arbitrary overlap of the fluid meshes. The coupling between the embedded and background fluid meshes is enforced using a stabilized Nitsche formulation which allows us to establish stability and optimal order \emph{a priori} error estimates, see~\cite{MassingLarsonLoggEtAl2013}. We consider here a steady state fluid--structure interaction problem where a hyperelastic structure interacts with a viscous fluid modeled by the Stokes equations. We evaluate an iterative solution procedure based on splitting and present three-dimensional numerical examples. read more

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