A new Lagrangian-Eulerian shell-fluid coupling algorithm based on level sets [chapter]

F CIRAK, R RADOVITZKY
2003 Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics 2003  
We propose a computational method for the coupled simulation of a compressible flow interacting with a thin-shell structure undergoing large deformations. An Eulerian finite volume formulation is adopted for the fluid and a Lagrangian formulation based on subdivision finite elements is adopted for the shell response. The coupling between the fluid and the solid response is achieved via a novel approach based on level sets. The basic approach furnishes a general algorithm for coupling Lagrangian
more » ... shell solvers with Cartesian grid based Eulerian fluid solvers. The efficiency and robustness of the proposed approach is demonstrated with an airbag deployment simulation. It bears emphasis that in the proposed approach the solid and the fluid components as well as their coupled interaction are considered in full detail and modeled with an equivalent level of fidelity without any oversimplifying assumptions or bias towards a particular physical aspect of the problem.
doi:10.1016/b978-008044046-0/50318-3 fatcat:taw5ha32fnatpaql47f7d7gtja