Stabilized-finite-element/interface-capturing technique for parallel computation of unsteady flows with interfaces

Shahrouz Aliabadi, Tayfun E. Tezduyar

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We present the stabilized-finite-element/interface-capturing (SFE/IC) method developed for parallel computation of unsteady flow problems with two-fluid interfaces and free surfaces. The SFE/IC method involves stabilized formulations, an interface-sharpening technique, and the enforcement of global mass conservation for each fluid. The SFE/IC method has been efficiently implemented on the CRAY T3E parallel supercomputer. A number of 2D test problems are presented to demonstrate how the SFE/IC method works and the accuracy it attains. We also show how the SFE/IC method can be very effectively applied to 3D simulation of challenging flow problems, such as two-fluid interfaces in a centrifuge tube and operational stability of a partially filled tanker truck driving over a bump.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-261
Number of pages19
JournalComputer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Oct 27
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Computer Science Applications


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