Simulation Fluid-Structure Interaction Elastic Beam
In this study we present the simulation of a Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI) case with an elastic beam. In engineering, fluid-structure coupling or fluid-structure interaction refers to the consideration of the mutual influence of structure and flow. The mutual influence of structure and flow is an interesting phenomenon that often occurs in nature and technology. It occurs on deformable and/or movable structures around or through the fluid flows. The structure deforms under the forces imposed by the flow. In the case of highly deformable structures, the flow is very often disturbed by the structure and thus influenced. In this case, there is a real, two-sided fluid-structure coupling.
In this simple 2D example an elastic beam is located within a fluid channel. The fluid flows from left to right and imposes forces on the elastic beam. The elastic beam starts to deform until a steady state between fluid and solid forces is reached. The simulation is solved fully coupled using the Lagrange method. Fully coupled means the stress within the beam and the fluid variables for velocity and pressure are solved simultaneously in one big solution matrix. The Euler method is also available to solve this case.
In addition to stress, velocity and pressure the temperature is computed for both structure and fluid as well. In figure 4 you can see the evolution of the deformation and the temperature over time until a steady state for the deformation and for the temperature is reached.
This model can act as basis for more complex structures and will give you a better understanding of the fluid structure coupling and helps to improve your design regarding efficiency and costs.
NOGRID points can perfectly be used for designing and problem solving for all kinds of FSI processes. The structure deformation, the temperature and the cooling/heating rate can be predicted. NOGRID points helps to understand the flow by visualization of the mass, momentum and heat transfer of single and multiple phases. You receive integral quantities which you can use to analyze the FSI process efficiency.
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- 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
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- open or closed domains including inflow and outflow areas (non-batch mode)
- moving of parts
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