Fictitious boundary and moving mesh methods for the numerical simulation of particulate flow

School of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Civil Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 200030, China


This paper discusses numerical simulation techniques using a moving mesh approach together with the multigrid fictitious boundary method (FBM) for liquid-solid flow configurations. The flow is computed by an ALE formulation with a multigrid finite element solver (FEATFLOW), and the solid particles are allowed to move freely through the computational mesh which can be adaptively aligned by the moving mesh method based on an arbitrary grid. Numerical results show that the presented method can accurately and efficiently handle prototypical particulate flow situations.


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    International Journal of Thermal Sciences 08/2014; 82(1):23–33. DOI:10.1016/j.ijthermalsci.2014.03.008 · 2.63 Impact Factor