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Ph.D. Thesis - University of Minnesota - Behr

STABILIZED FINITE ELEMENT METHODS
FOR INCOMPRESSIBLE FLOWS WITH EMPHASIS ON
MOVING BOUNDARIES AND INTERFACES

Marek Behr

October 1992


Abstract

Two finite element formulations for incompressible fluid dynamics are presented. The space-time velocity-pressure formulation is used for flow problems involving moving boundaries and interfaces. The formulation is based on a time-discontinuous Galerkin method, supplemented with least-squares-type stabilization terms. The discussion centers on the application of the method to various problems with deforming domains. In particular, the formulation is employed to simulate three-dimensional sloshing in a storage tank subjected to external vibrations.

The stress-velocity-pressure formulation is developed, essentially for viscoelastic flows. Treatment of stress as a separate unknown allows for inclusion of complex constitutive relations. Least-squares-type stabilization terms provide, once more, robustness to otherwise potentially unstable formulation. The method is first tested on Newtonian fluid flows past a circular cylinder in two dimensions. Then, by using simple viscoelastic constitutive model, the formulation is applied to a standard test problem.

The strategies for the solution of large systems of equations arising from the finite element discretization of the above formulations are also discussed. Particular emphasis is placed on iterative methods and the implementations on massively parallel supercomputers, paving the way for solving very large-scale practical problems, including those in three dimensions.


Front Page; Table of Contents (40K PDF)

Chapter 1: Introduction (21K PDF)

Chapter 2: Problem Statement; Chapter 3: Space-Time Velocity-Pressure Formulation (432K PDF)

Chapter 4: Stress-Velocity-Pressure Formulation; Chapter 5: Solution Methods (212K PDF)

Chapter 6: Numerical Examples; Bibliography (2,248K PDF)


You are welcome to download the above PDF version of the thesis for your own use. Official copies can be ordered from ProQuest, publication number 9303369, attractively priced from $38.00 (PDF) to $72 (deluxe hardcover for a coffee table).

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