Analysis of space mapping algorithms for application to partitioned fluid-structure interaction problems

L. Florentie, D.S. Blom, T.P. Scholcz, A.H. van Zuijlen, H. Bijl

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© 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.Fluid-structure interactions (FSI) play a crucial role in many engineering fields. However, the computational cost associated with high-fidelity aeroelastic models currently precludes their direct use in industry, especially for strong interactions. The strongly coupled segregated problem-that results from domain partitioning-can be interpreted as an optimization problem of a fluid-structure interface residual. Multi-fidelity optimization techniques can therefore directly be applied to this problem in order to obtain the solution efficiently. In previous work, it is already shown that aggressive space mapping (ASM) can be used in this context. In this contribution, we extend the research towards the use of space mapping for FSI simulations. We investigate the performance of two other approaches, generalized space mapping and output space mapping, by application to both compressible and incompressible 2D problems. Moreover, an analysis of the influence of the applied low-fidelity model on the achievable speedup is presented. The results indicate that output space mapping is a viable alternative to ASM when applied in the context of solver coupling for partitioned FSI, showing similar performance as ASM and resulting in reductions in computational cost up to 50% with respect to the reference quasi-Newton method.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-160
JournalInternational Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes


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