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1. Fluid Structure Interaction

We will interest now to the different interactions a fluid and a structure can have together with specific conditions.

1.1. Fluid structure model

To describe and solve our fluid-structure interaction problem, we need to define a model, which regroup structure model and fluid model parts.

We have then in one hand the fluid equations, and in the other hand the structure equations.

Figure 1 : FSI case example

The solution of this model are \((\mathcal{A}^t, \boldsymbol{u}_f, p_f, \boldsymbol{\eta}_s)\).

1.2. ALE

Generally, the solid mechanic equations are expressed in a Lagrangian frame, and the fluid part in Eulerian frame. To define and take in account the fluid domain displacement, we use a technique name ALE ( Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian ). This allow the flow to follow the fluid-structure interface movements and also permit us to have a different deformation velocity than the fluid one.

Let denote \(\Omega^{t_0}\) the calculation domain, and \(\Omega^t\) the deformed domain at time \(t\). As explain before, we want to conserve the Lagrangian and Eulerian characteristics of each part, and to do this, we introduce \(\mathcal{A}^t\) the ALE map.

This map give us the position of \(x\), a point in the deformed domain at time \(t\) from the position of \(x^*\) in the initial configuration \(\Omega^*\).

Figure 2 : ALE map

\(\mathcal{A}^t\) is a homeomorphism, i.e. a continuous and bijective application we can define as

\[\begin{eqnarray*} \mathcal{A}^t : \Omega^* &\longrightarrow & \Omega^{t} \\ \mathbf{x}^* &\longmapsto & \mathbf{x} \left(\mathbf{x}^*,t \right) = \mathcal{A}^t \left(\mathbf{x}^*\right) \end{eqnarray*}\]

We denote also \(\forall \mathbf{x}^* \in \Omega^*\), the application :

\[\begin{eqnarray*} \mathbf{x} : \left[t_0,t_f \right] &\longrightarrow & \Omega^t \\ t &\longmapsto & \mathbf{x} \left(\mathbf{x}^*,t \right) \end{eqnarray*}\]

This ALE map can then be retrieve into the fluid-structure model.

2. 3D FSI elastic tube

Computer codes, used for the acquisition of results, are from Vincent [Chabannes].

2.1. Problem Description

As in the 2D case, the blood flow modelisation, by observing a pressure wave progression into a vessel, is the subjet of this benchmark. But this time, instead of a two-dimensional model, we use a three-dimensional model, with a cylinder

Elastic Tube Geometry
Figure 1 : Geometry of three-dimensional elastic tube.

This represents the domains into the initial condition, with \(\Omega_f\) and \(\Omega_s\) respectively the fluid and the solid domain. The cylinder radius equals to \(r+\epsilon\), where \(r\) is the radius of the fluid domain and \(\epsilon\) the part of the solid domain.

Elastic Tube Geometry
Figure 2 : Sections of the three-dimensional elastic tube.

\(\Gamma^*_{fsi}\) is the interface between the fluid and solid domains, whereas \(\Gamma^{e,*}_s\) is the interface between the solid domain and the exterior. \(\Gamma_f^{i,*}\) and \(\Gamma_f^{o,*}\) are respectively the inflow and the outflow of the fluid domain. Likewise, \(\Gamma_s^{i,*}\) and \(\Gamma_s^{o,*}\) are the extremities of the solid domain.

During this benchmark, we will study two different cases, named BC-1 and BC-2, that differ from boundary conditions. BC-2 are conditions imposed to be more physiological than the ones from BC-1. So we waiting for more realistics based results from BC-2.

2.1.1. Boundary conditions

  • on \(\Gamma_f^{i,*}\) the pressure wave pulse \[ \boldsymbol{\sigma}_{f} \boldsymbol_f = \left\{ \begin{aligned} & \left(-\frac{1.3332 \cdot 10^4}{2} \left( 1 - \cos \left( \frac{ \pi t} {1.5 \cdot 10^{-3}} \right) \right), 0 \right)^T \quad & \text{ if } t < 0.003 \\ & \boldsymbol{0} \quad & \text{ else } \end{aligned} \right. \]

  • We add the coupling conditions on \(\Gamma^*_{fsi}\)

\[ \frac{\partial \boldsymbol{\eta_{s}} }{\partial t} - \boldsymbol{u}_f \circ \mathcal{A}_{f}^t = \boldsymbol{0} , \quad \text{ on } \Gamma_{fsi}^* \times \left[t_i,t_f \right] \quad \boldsymbol{(1)}\]
\[ \boldsymbol{F}_{s} \boldsymbol{\Sigma}_{s} \boldsymbol{n}^*_s + J_{\mathcal{A}_{f}^t} \hat{\boldsymbol{\sigma}}_f \boldsymbol{F}_{\mathcal{A}_{f}^t}^{-T} \boldsymbol{n}^*_f = \boldsymbol{0} , \quad \text{ on } \Gamma_{fsi}^* \times \left[t_i,t_f \right] \quad \boldsymbol{(2)}\]
\[ \boldsymbol{\varphi}_s^t - \mathcal{A}_{f}^t = \boldsymbol{0} , \quad \text{ on } \Gamma_{fsi}^* \times \left[t_i,t_f \right] \quad \boldsymbol{(3)}\]

Then we have two different cases :

  • Case BC-1

    • on \(\Gamma_f^{o,*}\) : \(\boldsymbol{\sigma}_{f} \boldsymbol{n}_f =0\)

    • on \(\Gamma_s^{i,*} \cup \Gamma_s^{o,*}\) a null displacement : \(\boldsymbol{\eta}_s=0\)

    • on \(\Gamma^{e,*}_{s}\) : \(\boldsymbol{F}_s\boldsymbol{\Sigma}_s\boldsymbol{n}_s^*=0\)

    • on \(\Gamma_f^{i,*}U \Gamma_f^{o,*}\) : \(\mathcal{A}^t_f=\boldsymbol{\mathrm{x}}^*\)

  • Case BC-2

    • on \(\Gamma_f^{o,*}\) : \(\boldsymbol{\sigma}_{f} \boldsymbol{n}_f = -P_0\boldsymbol{n}_f\)

    • on \(\Gamma_s^{i,*}\) a null displacement \(\boldsymbol{\eta}_s=0\)

    • on \(\Gamma^{e,*}_{s}\) : \(\boldsymbol{F}_s\boldsymbol{\Sigma}_s\boldsymbol{n}_s^* + \alpha \boldsymbol{\eta}_s=0\)

    • on \(\Gamma^{o,*}_{s}\) : \(\boldsymbol{F}_s\boldsymbol{\Sigma}_s\boldsymbol{n}_s^* =0\)

    • on \(\Gamma_f^{i,*}\) : \(\mathcal{A}^t_f=\boldsymbol{\mathrm{x}}^*\)

    • on \(\Gamma_f^{o,*}\) : \(\nabla \mathcal{A}^t_f \boldsymbol{n}_f^*=\boldsymbol{n}_f^*\)

2.1.2. Initial conditions

The chosen time step is \(\Delta t=0.0001\)

2.2. Inputs

Table 1. Fixed and Variable Input Parameters
Name Description Nominal Value Units


Young’s modulus

\(3 \times 10^6 \)



Poisson’s ratio




fluid tube radius




solid tube radius




tube length




A coordinates




B coordinates












proximal resistance



distal resistance

\(6.2 \times 10^3\)



\(2.72 \times 10^{-4}\)

2.3. Outputs

After solving the fluid struture model, we obtain \((\mathcal{A}^t, \boldsymbol{u}_f, p_f, \boldsymbol{\eta}_s)\)

with \(\mathcal{A}^t\) the ALE map, \(\boldsymbol{u}_f\) the fluid velocity, \(p_f\) the fluid pressure and \(\boldsymbol\eta_s\) the structure displacement.

2.4. Discretization

Here are the different configurations we worked on. The parameter Incomp define if we use the incompressible constraint or not.



































For the structure time discretization, we will use Newmark-beta method, with parameters \(\gamma=0.5\) and \(\beta=0.25\).

And for the fluid time discretization, BDF, at order \(2\), is the method we choose.

These two methods can be found in [Chabannes] papers.

2.5. Implementation

To realize the acquisition of the benchmark results, code files contained and using the Feel++ library will be used. Here is a quick look to the different location of them.

Let’s start with the main code, that can be retrieve in


The configuration file associated to this test is named wavepressure3d.cfg and is located at


The result files are then stored by default in


All the files used for this case can be found in this rep [geo file, config file, fluid json file, solid json file].

2.7. Bibliography

References for this benchmark
  • [Chabannes] Vincent Chabannes, Vers la simulation numérique des écoulements sanguins, Équations aux dérivées partielles [math.AP], Université de Grenoble, 2013.