Simulation Structure-Structure Interaction Many Boxes

In this article, we present a structure-structure interaction (SSI) simulation between falling boxes. The blocks or boxes are not stored stably, so they start to fall. All boxes/blocks behave like rigid bodies and the collisions are completely inelastic. This is referred to as a so-called rigid body simulation (RBS).
The boxes are modeled as rigid bodies and are free to move unconstrained when forces act on them. The individual rigid bodies can collide with each other and can change their direction of movement. The collisions between the rigid bodies and the walls are assumed to be completely inelastic collisions in this study. An inelastic collision, unlike an elastic collision, is a collision in which kinetic energy is not conserved due to the effect of internal friction. The NOGRID software can compute both collision regimes controlled by a plasticity coefficient.

Figure 1: CAD groups created in NOGRID's COMPASS

Figure 2: Setup the SSI Many Boxes Case

Figure 3: Result view of the SSI case within NOGRID points' GUI

Figure 4: Animation SSI interaction many boxes

Rigid body simulation 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.

In this 3D example, several boxes fall and interact with each other (see figures 1 - 4). The simulation is solved fully coupled with the Lagrange method. Fully coupled means that the stresses within the bodies are simultaneously resolved in a large solution matrix. The Euler method can also be used to solve this case.

As with any rigid body in the FS coupling, the boxes in this simulation are assigned a weight and a mass moment of inertia. The rigid body thus behaves in accordance with the forces acting on it. If several rigid bodies are involved, the movement of one body can of course also be influenced by collisions with other bodies.

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 being able to compute and visualize the mass, momentum and motion of single and multiple rigid bodies. You receive transient values ​​with which you can analyze and evaluate the efficiency of the components or 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 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 

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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