Validation of a non-conforming monolithic fluid-structure interaction method using phase-contrast MRI

Andreas Hessenthaler*, Oliver Röhrle, David Nordsletten

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This paper details the validation of a non-conforming arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian fluid-structure interaction technique using a recently developed experimental 3D fluid-structure interaction benchmark problem. Numerical experiments for steady and transient test cases of the benchmark were conducted employing an inf-sup stable and a general Galerkin scheme. The performance of both schemes is assessed. Spatial refinement with three mesh refinement levels and fluid domain truncation with two fluid domain lengths are studied as well as employing a sequence of increasing time step sizes for steady-state cases. How quickly an approximate steady-state or periodic steady-state is reached is investigated and quantified based on error norm computations. Comparison of numerical results with experimental phase-contrast magnetic resonance imaging data shows very good overall agreement including governing of flow patterns observed in the experiment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e2845
JournalInternational Journal For Numerical Methods In Biomedical Engineering
Issue number8
Early online date16 Feb 2017
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017


  • 3D FSI experiment
  • ALE
  • Monolithic FSI
  • Non-conforming
  • Validation


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