TITLE

Interpolation functions in the immersed boundary and finite element methods

AUTHOR(S)
Xingshi Wang; Lucy T. Zhang
PUB. DATE
March 2010
SOURCE
Computational Mechanics;Mar2010, Vol. 45 Issue 4, p321
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In this paper, we review the existing interpolation functions and introduce a finite element interpolation function to be used in the immersed boundary and finite element methods. This straightforward finite element interpolation function for unstructured grids enables us to obtain a sharper interface that yields more accurate interfacial solutions. The solution accuracy is compared with the existing interpolation functions such as the discretized Dirac delta function and the reproducing kernel interpolation function. The finite element shape function is easy to implement and it naturally satisfies the reproducing condition. They are interpolated through only one element layer instead of smearing to several elements. A pressure jump is clearly captured at the fluid–solid interface. Two example problems are studied and results are compared with other numerical methods. A convergence test is thoroughly conducted for the independent fluid and solid meshes in a fluid–structure interaction system. The required mesh size ratio between the fluid and solid domains is obtained.
ACCESSION #
47202482

 

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