Simulation Fluid-Structure Interaction 3D Sliding Cup

The simulation of a fluid-structure interaction of a sliding cup in 3D can be performed with NOGRID points CFD software.

In this fluid-structure coupling, the fluid is in a cup that slides down an inclined plane. No initial speed is imposed on the cup or fluid, but a bottom wall is turned off at a certain time, causing the cup and fluid to start rotating under their self weight. The cup slides down the inclined plane and is accelerated together with the fluid. The slip coefficient between the cup and the floor is assumed to be ideal here, i.e. there is no friction.

Figure 1: CAD groups created in NOGRID's COMPASS

Figure 2: Setup of the FSI 3D sliding cup case

Figure 3: Result view of the FSI 3D Sliding Cup case within NOGRID points' GUI

Figure 4: Animation of the 3D sliding cup case

The fluid-rigid body interaction simulated in this study is solved fully coupled with the Lagrangian method. Fully coupled means that the movement (translation and rotation) of the cup (= the rigid body) and the fluid variables for velocity and pressure are solved simultaneously in a large solution matrix (no iterative switching back and forth between the solution variables necessary).
In engineering, this fluid-structure coupling (=FSI=Fluid-Structure-Interaction) refers to the consideration of the mutual influence of moving, not necessarily rigid bodies and a flow. The interaction between fluid flow and bodies occurs in many physical applications. The flow, in this case in a rigid body, causes both displacement and rotation of that body due to the forces and torques exerted on the body by the fluid. Conversely, the movement of the body causes changes in the flow. If the flow also changes due to the structure, there is a so-called real, two-sided fluid-rigid-body coupling. If several rigid bodies are involved, the movement of one body can of course also be influenced by collisions with other bodies.

As with any rigid body in the FS coupling, the cup in this simulation is assigned a weight and a mass moment of inertia. The rigid body thus behaves in accordance with the forces acting on it from the fluid. Conversely, of course, the flow is also influenced by the rigid bodies (see left "spilling over" of the fluid from the cup).

NOGRID points can perfectly be used for designing and problem solving for all kinds of FSI processes. NOGRID points helps to understand the flow by visualization of the mass, momentum and motion of single and multiple rigid bodies. You receive integral quantities which you can use to analyze the efficiency of components and processes.

NOGRID unites abilities to handle free surface flow and moving parts in the domain and allows the simulation of any conceivable geometry and operation modes such as

  • computation is in full 3D solving complete Navier-Stokes-Equations
  • easy and intuitive setup also for FSI (Fluid-Structure-Interaction) cases
  • free definable material properties by equations or curves
  • evaluation of chemical reactions and corresponding heat source terms
  • open or closed domains including inflow and outflow areas (non-batch mode)
  • moving of parts 

Nogrid's strengths

Particular strengths of NOGRID's fluid flow CFD software are the rapid preprocessing (no fluid grid needs to be generated, only the boundary mesh, inner finite points are generated automatically depending on User setting initially and during computation), and the outstandingly short computation time even for complicated cavities.
As you can see in the image below, the boundary of the geometry still requires a mesh to allow the interior finite points to detect the boundary. The boundary must therefore be meshed and the finite points inside are automatically generated during the simulation controlled by User specifications.
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Easy and fast modelling: Build geometry, mesh boundary, setup the case and start computation

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