Coupling volume-of-fluid based interface reconstructions with the extended finite element method


Journal Article

We examine the coupling of the patterned-interface-reconstruction (PIR) algorithm with the extended finite element method (X-FEM) for general multi-material problems over structured and unstructured meshes. The coupled method offers the advantages of allowing for local, element-based reconstructions of the interface, and facilitates the imposition of discrete conservation laws. Of particular note is the use of an interface representation that is volume-of-fluid based, giving rise to a segmented interface representation that is not continuous across element boundaries. In conjunction with such a representation, we employ enrichment with the ridge function for treating material interfaces and an analog to Heaviside enrichment for treating free surfaces. We examine a series of benchmark problems that quantify the convergence aspects of the coupled method and examine the sensitivity to noise in the interface reconstruction. The fidelity of a remapping strategy is also examined for a moving interface problem. © 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Dolbow, J; Mosso, S; Robbins, J; Voth, T

Published Date

  • January 1, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 197 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 439 - 447

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0045-7825

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.cma.2007.08.010

Citation Source

  • Scopus