Study on the fully coupled thermodynamic fluid–structure interaction with the material point method

  • Yu-Chen Su
  • Jun Tao
  • Shan JiangEmail author
  • Zhen ChenEmail author
  • Jian-Ming Lu


The material point method (MPM) has not been evaluated in a systematic manner for the fully coupled thermodynamic fluid–structure interaction (FSI) cases. Since the constitutive models and heat transfer in solid and fluid materials are quite different, a fully coupled computational scheme is designed in this paper for simulating the FSI with the MPM, in which the governing equations for both solid and fluid material points are related to each other. A simply supported beam with a temperature difference between the top and bottom, and a cantilever beam immersed in an isothermal fluid environment are firstly considered for demonstrating the reasonable agreement with available analytical solutions. The aforementioned beam samples are then, respectively, immersed in a fluid environment involving heat transfer to study the thermal effect on the dynamic structural responses. It is illustrated that the thermal effect would induce a thermal pressure wave propagating from the high- to low-temperature ends. Furthermore, this pressure wave would affect the vibration responses of both the cantilever and simply supported beams in different ways due to its wavefront direction that is, respectively, perpendicular and parallel to the longitudinal axis of the cantilever and simply supported beams. The thermal pressure waves with the two propagating directions would also affect the buckling and flexural behaviors, respectively. The obtained results demonstrate the potential of the proposed numerical scheme in evaluating fully coupled thermodynamic FSI responses such as composites subject to extreme loadings.


FSI MPM Heat transfer Coupled thermodynamics 



This work was partially supported by a subcontract from the University of Mississippi as part of a major research grant with the US Army Corp of Engineers laboratory (Engineering Research and Development Center at Vicksburg, MS). The authors appreciate the review comments on the original version of the paper, as well as the suggestions made by Dr. Rajendran at University of Mississippi when revising the paper. This work was also partially supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan under the Contract No. MOST 107-2221-E-492-014. JL appreciates the computational time and resources as obtained from National Center for High-Performance Computing, Taiwan.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil and Environment EngineeringUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of MississippiUniversityUSA
  3. 3.National Center for High-Performance ComputingNational Applied Research LaboratoriesTainan CityTaiwan
  4. 4.Department of Mechanical EngineeringSouthern Taiwan University of Science and TechnologyTainan CityTaiwan

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