Modular Framework for the Solution of Boundary-coupled Multiphysics Problems




multiphysics simulation, FSI, FSTI, multi region simulation, object-oriented solver, heat transfer


This paper presents a modular multiphysics framework developed for OpenFOAM. The framework is built around an iterative implicit coupling scheme based on a multi-region partitioned approach. This scheme allows the implementation of formal implicit time-marching schemes, which improves the stability of strongly interacting coupled problems. This methodology allows physical interactions to be handled through specifically designed interface boundary conditions. It also allows region-specific solvers to be implemented as modular class solvers. The coupling methodology is handled with a main program that manages solver-specific actions. The aim of this framework is to facilitate the implementation and testing of new multiphysics coupling problems in an integrated code structure. To show the capabilities of the framework to integrate new physics, solvers and boundary conditions requirements are discussed. Also, three validated examples involving fluid-structure interactions, conjugate heat transfer, and fluid-structure-thermal interactions are presented. Although all these problems are boundary-coupled multiphysics problems, the framework is conceptually not limited to this kind of problems. The benefit of this work to the OpenFOAM community is a general and modular framework that facilitates the setup and solution of diversified multiphysics problems, and that illustrates the implementation of modular interface boundary conditions between physics regions.



How to Cite

St-Onge, G., & Olivier, M. (2023). Modular Framework for the Solution of Boundary-coupled Multiphysics Problems. OpenFOAM® Journal, 3, 120–145.



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