Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor's Name

Igor Tsukanov

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

George Dulikravich

Third Advisor's Name

Michael Sukop

Fourth Advisor's Name

Leonel Lagos


LBM, FSI, Meshfree, Fluid structure interaction, Distance fields

Date of Defense



In the presented thesis work, the meshfree method with distance fields was coupled with the lattice Boltzmann method to obtain solutions of fluid-structure interaction problems. The thesis work involved development and implementation of numerical algorithms, data structure, and software. Numerical and computational properties of the coupling algorithm combining the meshfree method with distance fields and the lattice Boltzmann method were investigated. Convergence and accuracy of the methodology was validated by analytical solutions.

The research was focused on fluid-structure interaction solutions in complex, mesh-resistant domains as both the lattice Boltzmann method and the meshfree method with distance fields are particularly adept in these situations. Furthermore, the fluid solution provided by the lattice Boltzmann method is massively scalable, allowing extensive use of cutting edge parallel computing resources to accelerate this phase of the solution process. The meshfree method with distance fields allows for exact satisfaction of boundary conditions making it possible to exactly capture the effects of the fluid field on the solid structure.



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