Floating Isogeometric Analysis

Laura de Lorenzis,  H. Hille,  S. Kumar

ETH Zurich

We propose Floating Isogeometric Analysis (FLIGA), which extends IGA to extreme deformation analysis. The method is based on a novel tensor-product construction of B-Splines for the update of the basis functions in one direction of the parametric space. With basis functions “floating” deformation-dependently in this direction, mesh distortion is overcome for problems in which extreme deformations occur predominantly along the associated (possibly curved) physical axis. In doing so, we preserve the numerical advantages of splines over many meshless basis functions, while avoiding remeshing. In this talk, we introduce the method, review the fundamental properties of the FLIGA basis functions, and discuss the main ideas and ingredients in FLIGA. The performance of the method is then numerically investigated on the benchmark of Newtonian and viscoelastic Taylor–Couette flow. Finally, we simulate a viscoelastic extrusion-based additive manufacturing process, which served as the original motivation for the new approach.