Simulating the dynamics of fluid-ellipsoid interactions

Tsorng Whay Pan*, Daniel D. Joseph, Roland GLOWINSKI

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We present the simulation of the dynamics of fluid-ellipsoid interactions in a narrow channel filled with a Newtonian fluid, using a Lagrange multiplier based fictitious domain methodology. As expected, a settling ellipsoid turns its broadside perpendicular to the stream main direction and the center of mass moves to the central axis of the channel. For two ellipsoid cases, we have obtained two kinds of interactions between two ellipsoids: (1) they settle side-by-side and interact with each other periodically; (2) they keep moving around each other and stay together. We also found that the length of longest axis plays an important role for these interactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)463-478
Number of pages16
JournalComputers and Structures
Issue number6-7
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2005

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications

User-Defined Keywords

  • Fictitious domain methods
  • Finite element methods
  • Operator-splitting methods
  • Particulate flow


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