Parallel finite element computations in fluid mechanics

Tayfun E. Tezduyar*, Ahmed Sameh

*Corresponding author for this work

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We provide an overview of the role of parallel finite element computations in fluid mechanics. We emphasize the class of flow problems involving moving boundaries and interfaces. Some of the computationally most challenging flow problems, such as fluid-object and fluid-structure interactions as well as free-surface and two-fluid flows, belong to this class. In the development of the methods targeting this class of problems, the computational challenges involved need to be addressed in such a way that 3D computation of complex applications can be carried out efficiently on parallel computers. This requirement has to be one of the key factors in designing various components of the overall solution approach, such as solution techniques for the discretized equations and mesh update methods for handling the changes in the spatial domain occupied by the fluid. This overview includes a description of how the computational challenges are addressed and how the computational schemes can be enhanced with special preconditioning techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1872-1884
Number of pages13
JournalComputer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
Issue number13-16
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Feb 15
Externally publishedYes


  • Fluid mechanics
  • Mesh update
  • Moving boundaries and interfaces
  • Parallel computing
  • Preconditioned iterative algorithms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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