Published in Computers and Structures Vol. 83 (17-18), pp. 1459-1475, 2005
doi: 10.1016/j.compstruc.2004.10.021


A method is presented for the solution of an incompressible viscous fluid flow with heat transfer using a fully Lagrangian description of the motion. Due to the severe element distortion, a frequent remeshing is performed in an efficient manner. An implicit time integration through a classical fractional step is presented. The non-linearities of the formulation are taken into account and solved with the fixed-point iteration method. The displacement and temperature solutions are coupled through the Boussinesq approximation. The Lagrangian formulation provides an elegant way of solving free-surface problems with thermal convection as the particles are followed during their motion. To illustrate the method, the Rayleigh–Bénard instability with and without free surface in two dimensions has been computed.

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Published on 01/01/2005

DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruc.2004.10.021
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