The loose coupling of computational fluid dynamics and computational structural dynamics solvers introduces some problems related to the information transfer between the codes. Some techniques developed to solve the problems of the load transfer and interface surface tracking are presented. The main criterion is to achieve conservation of total loads and total energy. The load projection scheme is based on Gaussian integration and fast interpolation algorithms for unstructured grids. The surface tracking algorithm, also based on interpolation, is important for many applications, including aeroelastic deformation of wings due to aerodynamic loads. The methodologies not only improve present fluid-structure interaction simulations, but also increase the range of their applicability. These techniques are of general character and can be used in other multidisciplinary applications as well.

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Published on 01/01/1997

DOI: 10.2514/2.158
Licence: CC BY-NC-SA license

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