Fluid-structure interaction in civil engineering

E. Rank, D. Scholz, A. Halfmann, M. Glück, M. Breuer, F. Durst

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The present paper is concerned with a numerical simulation procedure for fluid-structure interaction problems occurring in civil engineering. The structural simulation performed by the finite element method is coupled with a finite volume flow solver via a partitioned solution approach. Special emphasis is put on the appropriate discretization in the structural simulations applying classical /z-version FEM and advanced p-elements. Results for a practically relevant application of a mobile tent roof representing lightweight membrane structures are discussed and compared with corresponding experimental measurements carried out in a wind tunnel of a cooperation partner. For a footbridge, the advantages of discretization with three-dimensional p-elements are pointed out.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputational Fluid and Solid Mechanics 2003
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780080529479
ISBN (Print)9780080440460
StatePublished - 2 Jun 2003


  • FEM
  • Fluid-structure interaction
  • Lightweight structures
  • Partitioned solution
  • Wind tunnel
  • p-version


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