SSI Simulation of a Beam falling on a Rubber Body

In this article we present a Structure-Structure Interaction (SSI) simulation of a falling beam falling on a rubber body. We have computed three scenarios:

Figure 1: SSI rigid body simulation of beam falling on rubber body within NOGRID points

Figure 2: Animation of the rigid body simulation of a beam falling on a rubber body

Figure 3: SSI simulation of a rigid beam falling on an elastic rubber body within the NOGRID points' GUI

Figure 4: Animation of a SSI simulation of a rigid beam falling on an elastic rubber

Figure 5: GUI view on a SSI simulation of an elastic beam falling on an elastic rubber

Figure 6: Animation of SSI simulation of an elastic beam falling on an elastic rubber body

  1. Rigid Body Simulation: Both bodies behave like rigid bodies, and the impact is completely elastic. This is referred to as a so-called Rigid Body Simulation (RBS).

  2. The falling beam remains a rigid body and the second body behaves linearly elastic (Hooke's law), i.e. it can deform geometrically. This is already a real Structure-Structure Interaction (SSI) Simulation. Since one body is still rigid, one speaks of a one-sided structure-structure coupling.

  3. Both bodies behave like elastic solid bodies and deform due to the collision. In this example, linear elasticity was assumed for both bodies, but all other non-linear structural laws can also be used (e.g. Maxwell models).
Rigid Body Simulation (RBS) is the simulation of the transient movement of rigid bodies. Rigid body mechanics is about physical bodies that are not deformable. During the simulation, the rigid bodies move, but the shape or structure remains unchanged. Various types of forces can act on the rigid body: gravity, magnetic forces, frictional forces, etc. These forces accelerate the rigid body and the translational and rotational speeds change. In addition, there can be collisions between the rigid bodies. Collisions suddenly change the translational and rotational speeds of the bodies involved.

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 SSI process efficiency.

NOGRID unites abilities to handle FSI problems 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 SSI (Structure-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 

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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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