Contribution to the fluid-structure interaction analysis of ultra-lightweight structures using an embedded approach
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Designing large ultra-lightweight structures within a fluid flow, such as inflatable hangars in an atmospheric environment, requires an analysis of the naturally occurring fluid-structure interaction (FSI). To this end multidisciplinary simulation techniques may be used. The latter, though, have to be capable of dealing with complex shapes and large deformations as well as challenging phenomena like wrinkling or folding of the structure. To overcome such problems the method of embedded domains may be used. In this work we discuss a new solution procedure for FSI analyses based on the method of embedded domains. In doing so, we are in particular answering the questions: How to track the interface in the embedded approach, how does the subsequent solution procedure look like and how does both compare to the well-known Arbitrary-Lagrangian-Eulerian (ALE) approach? In this context a level set technique as well as different mapping and mesh-updating strategies are developed and evaluated. Furthermore the solution procedure of a completely embedded FSI analysis is established and tested using different small- and large-scale examples. All results are finally compared to results from an ALE approach. It is shown that the embedded approach offers a powerful and robust alternative in terms of the FSI analysis of ultra-lightweight structures with complex shapes and large deformations. With regard to the solution accuracy, however, clear restrictions are elaborated.
CitationBaumgartner, D., Wolf, J., Rossi, R., Wüchner, R., Dadvand, P. "Contribution to the fluid-structure interaction analysis of ultra-lightweight structures using an embedded approach". 2015. ISBN 978-84-943307-6-6.
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