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Coupling schemes and unfitted mesh methods for fluid-structure interaction

Abstract : This thesis is devoted to the numerical approximation of mechanical systems involving the interaction of a deformable thin-walled structure with an internal or surrounding incompressible fluid flow. In the first part, we introduce two new classes of explicit coupling schemes using fitted meshes. The methods proposed combine a certain Robin-consistency in the system with (i) a projection-based time-marching in the fluid or (ii) second-order time-stepping in both the fluid and the solid. The stability properties of the methods are analyzed within representative linear settings. This part includes also a comprehensive numerical study in which state-of-the-art coupling schemes (including some of the methods proposed herein) are compared and validated against the results of an experimental benchmark. In the second part, we consider unfitted mesh formulations. The spatial discretization in this case is based on variants of Nitsche’s method with cut elements. We present two new classes of splitting schemes which exploit the aforementioned interface Robin-consistency in the unfitted framework. The semi-implicit or explicit nature of the splitting in time is dictated by the order in which the spatial and time discretizations are performed. In the case of the coupling with immersed structures, weak and strong discontinuities across the interface are allowed for the velocity and pressure, respectively. Stability and error estimates are provided within a linear setting. A series of numerical tests illustrates the performance of the different methods proposed.
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Mikel Landajuela Larma. Coupling schemes and unfitted mesh methods for fluid-structure interaction. Numerical Analysis [math.NA]. Université Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris VI, 2016. English. ⟨NNT : 2016PA066053⟩. ⟨tel-01366696⟩



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