### Numéro : 2464 - Year : 2005

# Numerical modelling and simulation of a non-linear fluid/structure couple problem

**Jean-François SIGRIST, DCN Propulsion – La Montagne (France)**

The present work deals with the numerical simulation of a coupled fluid/structure problem with fluid free surface. A generic coupled fluid/structure system is defined, on which a linear problem (modal analysis) and a non-linear problem (temporal analysis) are stated.

In the linear case, a strong coupled method is used. It is based on a finite element approach of the structure problem and a finite or a boundary element approach of the fluid problem. The coupled problem is formulated in terms of pressure and displacement, leading to a non-symmetric problem which is solved with an appropriate algorithm. In the non-linear case, the structure problem is described with non-linear equations of motion, whereas the fluid problem is modeled with the Stokes equations. The numerical resolution of the coupled problem is based on a weak coupling procedure. The fluid problem is solved with a finite volume technique, using a moving mesh technique to adjust the structure motion, a VOF method for the description of the free surface and the PISO algorithm for the time integration. The structure problem is solved with a finite element technique, using an explicit/implicit time integration algorithm. A procedure is developed in order to handle the coupling in space (fluid forces and structure displacement exchanges between fluid and structure mesh, fluid re-meshing) and in time (staggered explicit algorithm, dynamic filtering of numerical oscillations). The non linear coupled problem is solved using a CFD code, whose use for FSI problem is validated with a benchmark presented in this work.

A comparison is proposed between numerical results and analytical solution for two elementary fluid problems. The validation process can be applied for any CFD numerical code.

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