Mesh generation and flow calculations in highly contorted geometries

J. C. Heinrich, D. R. Poirier, D. F. Nagelhout

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We present a method to define the solid-liquid boundaries in complex dendritic geometries and construct finite element meshes using quadrilateral isoparametric elements. Calculations of flow at low Reynolds numbers through the dendritic network are also performed. The results of the calculations are used to estimate the average pressure drop as a function of the fraction of liquid in the region, from which permeabilities can be obtained to model the full domain as a porous medium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-92
Number of pages14
JournalComputer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jun 15 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Computer Science Applications


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