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Incompressible CFD Solver

The incompressible flow solver is based on state of the art Finite Element technology applied to fluid mechanics. It is fully coupled with the solid mechanics solver. This coupling permits robust FSI analysis via either an explicit technique when the FSI is weak, or using an implicit coupling when the FSI coupling is strong. In addition to being able to handle free surface flows, there is also a bi-phasic flow capability that involves modeling using a conservative level-set interface tracking technique. Basic turbulence models are also supported. This solver is the first in LS-DYNA to make use of a new volume mesher that takes nice surface meshes bounding the fluid domain as input. In addition, during the time advancement of the incompressible flow, the solution is adaptively re-meshed as an automatic feature of the solver. Another important feature of the mesher is the ability to create boundary layer meshes. These anisotropic meshes become a crucial part of the model when shear stresses are to be calculated near fluid walls.