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**experimental** preCICE-adapter for the open source multiphysical simulation software Elmer FEM

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experimental preCICE-adapter for the open source multiphysical simulation software Elmer FEM

Getting started

Dependencies & Installation Instructions

Use the adapter

The adapter uses a custom-made Elmer solver for coupling with preCICE. This solver is compiled using elmerf90 and then plugged into the case.sif file in a minimally-invaisve fashion. Examples for usage of the adapter can be found in Partitioned_Heat_Conduction and Flow_Over_Heated_Plate. For new users it is recommended to use these cases as a starting point. You can refer to the documentation of Partitioned_Heat_Conduction for all necessary steps.

How to couple your own code

We assume you already have your own application in Elmer and you want to couple it to another solver using preCICE. Your application includes a case.sif file and the required mesh files.

  1. Take one of the existing example cases and copy the Coupler_Solver.F90 from there into your project folder.
  2. Use the provided instructions to compile the adapter.
  3. Use one of the provided case.sif files from the example as a template and add the respective commands for calling the adapter in your case.sif file.
  4. Create an appropriate precice-config.xml for the coupling.
  5. Run your case in Elmer via ElmerSolver case.sif. You should now see that Elmer waits for the other participant. When you start the other participant your coupled simulation will be executed.

Current restrictions & future work

Currently, implicit coupling is not supported by the adapter. Parallelization and other advanced features were not explicitly developed or tested.

Partitioned heat equation is thoroughly tested for explicit coupling and gives correct results for an Elmer-Elmer coupling and for Elmer-FEniCS coupling (where Elmer is the Dirichlet participant). If Elmer is the Neumann participant in Elmer-FEniCS coupling, problems occur (probably due to the flux computation, see thesis of Hisham Saeed for details).

The example case Perpendicular_Flap is currently only a monolithic simulation, but a good starting point for FSI. See (the perpendicular flap tutorial)[] for details.

Coupler_Solver.F90 is currently duplicated for every example.

Development History

The initial version of this adapter was developed by Hisham Saeed during his work on his master's thesis under supervision of Benjamin Rodenberg.


**experimental** preCICE-adapter for the open source multiphysical simulation software Elmer FEM






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