A numerical framework for simulating fluid-structure interaction phenomena

A. De Rosis, S. de Miranda, C. Burrafato, F. Ubertini

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In this paper, a numerical tool able to solve fluid-structure interaction problems is proposed. The lattice Boltzmann method is used to compute fluid dynamics, while the corotational finite element formulation together with the Time Discontinuous Galerkin method are adopted to predict structure dynamics. The Immersed Boundary method is used to account for the presence of an immersed solid in the lattice fluid background and to handle fluid-structure interface conditions, while a Volume-of-Fluid-based method is adopted to take trace of the evolution of the free surface. These ingredients are combined through a partitioned staggered explicit strategy, according to an efficient and accurate algorithm recently developed by the authors. The effectiveness of the proposed methodology is tested against two different cases. The former investigates the dam break phenomenon, involving the modeling of the free surface. The latter involves the vibration regime experienced by two highly deformable flapping flags obstructing a flow. A wide numerical campaign is carried out by computing the error in terms of interface energy artificially introduced at the fluid-solid interface. Moreover, the structure behavior is dissected by simulating scenarios characterized by different values of the Reynolds number. Present findings are compared to literature results, showing a very close agreement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-350
Number of pages8
JournalFrattura ed Integrita Strutturale
Issue number29
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Dam break
  • Flapping flags
  • Fluid-structure interaction
  • Immersed boundary method
  • Lattice boltzmann method
  • Volume-of- fluid method


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