Block-based adaptive mesh refinement for fluid–structure interactions in incompressible flows

Cheng Liu, Changhong Hu

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In this study, an immersed boundary (IB) approach on the basis of moving least squares (MLS) interpolation is proposed for analyzing the dynamic response of a rigid body immersed in incompressible flows. An improved mapping strategy is proposed for a quick update of the signed distance field. A CIP-CSL (constraint interpolation profile - semi-Lagrangian) scheme with a compact stencil is adopted for the convective term in momentum equation. Fluid–structure interaction problems can be solved by either the weak or the strong coupling schemes according to the density ratio of the solid and fluid. This research is based on our previous studies on block-structured adaptive mesh refinement (AMR) method for incompressible flows (Liu & Hu, 2018). Present AMR-FSI solver is proved to be accurate and robust in predicting dynamics of VIV (vortex induced vibration) problems. The efficiency of the adaptive method is demonstrated by the 2D simulation of a freely falling plate with the comparison to other numerical methods. Finally, the freely falling and rising 3D sphere are computed and compared with corresponding experimental measurement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-123
Number of pages20
JournalComputer Physics Communications
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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