Massively parallel finite element simulation of compressible and incompressible flows

T. E. Tezduyar*, S. K. Aliabadi, M. Behr, S. Mittal

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We present a review of where our research group stands in parallel finite element simulation of flow problems on the Connection Machines, an effort that started for our group in the fourth quarter of 1991. This review includes an overview of our work on computation of flow problems involving moving boundaries and interfaces, such as free surfaces, two-liquid interfaces, and fluid-structure and fluid-particle interactions. With numerous examples, we demonstrate that, with these new computational capabilities, today we are at a point where we routinely solve practical flow problems, including those in 3D and those involving moving boundaries and interfaces. We solve these problems with unstructured grids and implicit methods, with some of the problem sizes exceeding 5 000 000 equations, and with computational speeds up to two orders of magnitude higher than what was previously available to us on the traditional vector supercomputers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-177
Number of pages21
JournalComputer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1994 Nov
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Computer Science Applications


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