A particle‐based moving interface method (PMIM) for modeling the large deformation of boundaries in soft matter systems Journal Article uri icon



  • SummaryThe mechanics of the interaction between a fluid and a soft interface undergoing large deformations appear in many places, such as in biological systems or industrial processes. We present an Eulerian approach that describes the mechanics of an interface and its interactions with a surrounding fluid via the so‐called Navier boundary condition. The interface is modeled as a curvilinear surface with arbitrary mechanical properties across which discontinuities in pressure and tangential fluid velocity can be accounted for using a modified version of the extended finite element method. The coupling between the interface and the fluid is enforced through the use of Lagrange multipliers. The tracking and evolution of the interface are then handled in a Lagrangian step with the grid‐based particle method. We show that this method is ideal to describe large membrane deformations and Navier boundary conditions on the interface with velocity/pressure discontinuities. The validity of the model is assessed by evaluating the numerical convergence for a axisymmetrical flow past a spherical capsule with various surface properties. We show the effect of slip length on the shear flow past a two‐dimensional capsule and simulate the compression of an elastic membrane lying on a viscous fluid substrate. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

publication date

  • September 14, 2016

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • February 5, 2017 8:52 AM

Full Author List

  • Foucard L; Vernerey FJ

author count

  • 2

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0029-5981

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-0207

Additional Document Info

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  • 923

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  • 946


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