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Mathematical and Numerical Modeling of Fluid-Poroelastic Structure Interaction

Ambartsumyan, Ilona (2018) Mathematical and Numerical Modeling of Fluid-Poroelastic Structure Interaction. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The focus of this thesis is on finite element computational models for solving the coupled problem arising in the interaction between a free fluid and a fluid in a poroelastic medium. We assume that the free fluid is governed by the Stokes equations, while the flow in the poroelastic medium is modeled using the Biot poroelasticity system. We further impose equilibrium and kinematic conditions along the interface between two regions. As we employ the mixed Darcy formulation, continuity of flux condition becomes of the essential type and we use a Lagrange multiplier method to impose weakly this condition.

The thesis consists of three major parts. First, we investigate a Lagrange multiplier method for the linear Stokes--Biot model under the assumption of Newtonian fluid. We perform a stability and error analysis for the semi-discrete continuous-in-time and the fully discrete formulations, that indicate optimal order of convergence. We proceed with performing a series of numerical experiments, designed to confirm the theoretical convergence rates and to study the applicability of the method to modeling physical phenomena and the sensitivity of the model with respect to its parameters.

In the second part, we present a nonlinear extension of the model, applicable to modeling non-Newtonian fluids. More precisely, we focus on the quasi-Newtonian fluids that exhibit a shear-thinning property. We establish existence and uniqueness of the solution of two alternative formulations of the proposed method in both fully continuous and semi-discrete continuous-in-time settings, and derive the error bounds for the formulation that appears more appealing from the computational point of view. We conclude with numerical tests, verifying theoretical findings and illustrating behavior of the method.

Lastly, we discuss coupling of the Stokes--Biot model with an advection--diffusion equation for modeling transport of chemical species within the fluid, which we discretize using the non-symmetric interior penalty Galerkin method. We discuss the stability and convergence properties of the scheme, and provide extensive numerical studies showing applicability of the method to modeling fluid flow in an irregularly shaped fractured reservoir with physical parameters.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Ambartsumyan, Ilonaila6@pitt.eduila6
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairYotov,
Committee MemberLayton,
Committee MemberNeilan,
Committee MemberZunino,
Date: 15 June 2018
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 27 March 2018
Approval Date: 15 June 2018
Submission Date: 3 April 2018
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 168
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Mathematics
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: numerical methods, mixed finite element methods, FPSI, Stokes-Biot model, quasi-Newtonian fluids, coupled flow and transport, discontinuous Galerkin methods, NIPG
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2018 14:51
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2018 14:51


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