A finite element approach for the immersed boundary method

Daniele Boffi, Lucia Gastaldi

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We consider a modification of the immersed boundary method which makes use of a finite element spatial discretization. We describe the method for a two-dimensional model problem and justify its variational formulation. We provide a preliminary analysis of the continuous problem in a one-dimensional setting using a fixed point theorem and a compactness argument. Finally, we report on some numerical tests which demonstrate the stability and robustness of the algorithm. © 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)491-501
Number of pages11
JournalComputers and Structures
Issue number8-11
StatePublished - May 1 2003
Externally publishedYes


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