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Finite element methods for deterministic simulation of polymeric fluids

Knezevic, David (2006) Finite element methods for deterministic simulation of polymeric fluids. Technical Report. Unspecified. (Submitted)



In this work we consider a finite element method for solving the coupled Navier-Stokes (NS) and Fokker-Planck (FP) multiscale model that describes the dynamics of dilute polymeric fluids. Deterministic approaches such as ours have not received much attention in the literature because they present a formidable computational challenge, due to the fact that the analytical solution to the Fokker-Planck equation may be a function of a large number of independent variables. For instance, to simulate a non-homogeneous flow one must solve the coupled NS-FP system in which (for a 3-dimensional flow, using the dumbbell model for polymers) the Fokker-Planck equation is posed in a 6-dimensional domain. In this work we seek to demonstrate the feasibility of our deterministic approach. We begin by discussing the physical and mathematical foundations of the NS-FP model. We then present a literature review of relevant developments in computational rheology and develop our deterministic finite element based method in detail. Numerical results demonstrating the efficiency of our approach are then given, including some novel results for the simulation of a fully 3-dimensional flow. We utilise parallel computation to perform the large-scale numerical simulations.

Item Type:Technical Report (Technical Report)
Subjects:H - N > Numerical analysis
Research Groups:Numerical Analysis Group
ID Code:1104
Deposited By:Lotti Ekert
Deposited On:11 May 2011 10:59
Last Modified:11 May 2011 10:59

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