Stable and accurate loosely-coupled scheme for unsteady fluid-structure interaction

Rajeev Jaiman, Philippe Geubelle, Eric Loth, Xiangmin M. Jiao

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This paper presents a new loosely-coupled partitioned procedure for modeling fluid-structure interaction. The procedure relies on a higher-order Combined Interface Boundary Condition (CIBC) treatment for improved accuracy and stability of fluid-structure coupling. Traditionally, continuity of velocity and momentum flux along interfaces are satisfied through algebraic interface conditions applied in a sequential fashion, which is often referred to staggered computation. In existing staggered procedures, the interface conditions undermine stability and accuracy of coupled fluid-structure simulations. By utilizing the CIBC technique on the velocity and momentum flux boundary conditions, a staggered coupling procedure can be constructed with similar order of accuracy and stability of standalone computations. Introduced correction terms for velocity and momentum flux transfer can be explicitly added to the standard staggered time-stepping stencils so that the discretization is well-defined across the deformable interface. The new formulation involves a coupling parameter, which has an interval of well-performing values for both classical ID closed- and open-elastic piston problems. The technique is also demonstrated in 2D in conjunction with the common refinement method for subsonic flow over a thin-shell structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers - 45th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
Number of pages28
StatePublished - 2007
Event45th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting 2007 - Reno, NV, United States
Duration: Jan 8 2007Jan 11 2007

Publication series

NameCollection of Technical Papers - 45th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting


Other45th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting 2007
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityReno, NV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Aerospace Engineering


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