Published in Comput. Methods Appl. Mech. Engrg. (2006) 195: 3001–3037


We present a general formulation for incompressible fluid flow analysis using the finite element method (FEM). The standard Eulerian formulation is described first. The necessary stabilization for dealing with convective effects and the incompressibility condition are introduced via the finite calculus (FIC) method. A simple extension of the fluid flow equations to an arbitrary Lagrangian–Eulerian (ALE) frame adequate for treating fluid–structure interaction problems is briefly presented. A fully Lagrangian formulation called the particle finite element method (PFEM) is also described. The PFEM is particularly attractive for fluid–structure interaction problems involving large motions of the free surface and breaking waves. Examples of application of the Eulerian, the ALE and the fully lagrangian PFEM formulations are presented. Ó 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Back to Top

Document information

Published on 11/04/19

DOI: 10.1016/j.cma.2004.10.016
Licence: CC BY-NC-SA license

Document Score


Times cited: 41
Views 0
Recommendations 0

Share this document

claim authorship

Are you one of the authors of this document?