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Possibilities Of The Particle Finite Element Method (PFEM) For Hydrodynamic And Fluid-structure Interaction Analysis Of Port Structures

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/MH050411

Volume

79

Pages

9

Published

2005

Size

1,971 kb

Author(s)

M. A. Celigueta, E. Oñate, F. Del Pin & S. R. Idelsohn

Abstract

This paper describes the recent advances and applications of the Particle Finite Element Method (PFEM) for hydrodynamic analysis of port structures under sea loads taking into account fluid-structure interaction effects. The paper describes the theoretical basis of the PFEM combining concept from Lagrangian flows, particle methods and finite element techniques. Emphasis is put on the treatment of fluid-structure interaction effects allowing for motions and deformation of the structures under hydrodynamic sea forces. Examples of the efficiency and accuracy of the PFEM for the analysis of piers and breakwater structures under different sea loading conditions are presented. Keywords: Particle Method, Finite Element Method (PFEM), Lagrangian formulation, fluid-structure interaction, free surface, breaking waves, marine engineering, contact. 1 Introduction Over the last twenty years, computer simulation of incompressible fluid flow has been solved in different ways. However, it is still difficult to analyze problems in which the shape of the interface changes continuously or in fluid-structure interactions with free-surfaces where complicated contact problems are involved. The PFEM solves the fluid dynamics equations in a Lagrangian framework with the finite element method. It is also a particle method, as the movement of

Keywords

Particle Method, Finite Element Method (PFEM), Lagrangian formulation, fluid-structure interaction, free surface, breaking waves, marine engineering, contact.