International Symposium and Winter-School on
Modeling, Adaptive Discretizations and Solvers for Fluid-Structure Interaction

January 11-15, 2016
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Aims and main topics

Discussion of topical challenges to modeling, discretization and adaptive methods and their efficient numerical solution in the context of fluid-structure interaction

After several decades of intensive research, numerical analysis and simulation of fluid-structure interactions remain a challenging topic with a large number of unresolved problems and issues. While the numerical analysis of the coupled system of equations in terms of well-posedness and convergence is typically limited to simple model problems, a lot of insight have been gained over the years by means of numerical simulations. Established methods like the Arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian (ALE) method or the Immersed Boundary Method have been succesfully applied to a wide range of applications, including for example aero-elasticity and aero-acoustics, biomechanics, energy or mechanical engineering.

Nevertheless, there are yet a number of problems, where most of the established methods fail or come to a limit. Problems are caused for example by large structural deformations or contact problems, stiff couplings, extreme parameters or a huge computational complexity. In the last years, a number of novel methods and approaches have been developed to tackle such problems many of them being still subject of ongoing research.

An area of research on its own is the development of efficient solvers for the underlying linear systems of equations. The high complexity of real world applications calls for algorithms that include adaptivity in time and space, model reduction, as well as parallelization. In the case of strong couplings, the coupled system of equations is extremely bad conditioned, such that the design of efficient solvers, e.g. multigrid solvers, is a challenge.

This workshop addresses the previously mentioned challenges and aims at bringing together experts and junior scientists in the fields of modeling, adaptive discretizations and solvers for fluid-structure interaction. To provide a platform in order to teach and learn state-of-the art formulations for fluid-structure interaction, this workshop consists of a two-day-school and a subsequent three-day-symposium. The latter one will consist of invited and contributed presentations of junior scientists and experts whereas the school lectures will be given by three young scientists and experts in their field covering each of the three topics of our symposium.


Stefan Frei (
Bärbel Janssen (
Thomas Richter (
Thomas Wick (
Huidong Yang (


Austrian Academy of Sciences
Johann Radon Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics (RICAM)
HGS MathComp Heidelberg
NuMa - Institute of Computational Mathematics
DK W1214 Computational Mathematics

Winter School

January 11-12, 2016

The winter school takes place before the Symposium. We have gathered three experts that have high expertise in their respective fields of research. We will have four lectures on each of the two days, two in the morning and two in the afternoon.


January 13-15, 2016

The Symposium will take place at the RICAM institute in Linz.

Invited Speakers

Registration & Abstract Submission

Please register by Email to ( not later than November 15th 2015. Please include date of arrival and departure. For a presentation at the conference please attach an abstract of your talk using this template.

Participation in the winter school is free of charge. The conference fee is 50€ for PhD and undergraduate students and 100€ for PostDocs and professors. We ask you to pay the respective fee in cash when arriving at the conference.


As there are no parallel sessions, we have some flexibility in the schedule. The scheduled times have to be seen as maximal speaking times. Please leave at least 5 minutes for discussion. Furthermore, We encourage everybody to talk rather shorter than to fill the whole time. In this way, there is more time for discussion, either immediately after the talk or during the following coffee break.

Winter School:

Monday 11.01.2016

09:30 – 10:15
10:15 – 10:30
10:30 – 12:00
Lecture 1: Thomas Richter
12:00 – 14:00
Lunch break
14:00 – 15:30
Lecture 2: Thomas Richter
15:30 – 16:00
Coffee break
16:00 – 17:30
Lecture 3: Simon Deparis
School snack/dinner

Tuesday 12.01.2016

08:30 – 10:00
Lecture 4: Simone Deparis
10:00 – 10:30
Coffee break
10:30 – 12:00
Lecture 5: David A. Nordsletten
12:00 – 14:00
Lunch break
14:00 – 15:30
Lecture 6: David A. Nordsletten
Common Event


Wednesday 13.01.2016

08:30 – 09:00
09:00 – 10:00
Miriam Mehl (University of Stuttgart): Partitioned Approaches for Multi-Physics Simulations - From First Ideas to Today's Robust Approaches
10:00 – 10.30
Coffee break
10:30 – 11:00
Simone Deparis (EPFL Lausanne): Reduced order modeling and simulation of vascular flows
11:00 – 11:30
Christoph M. Augustin (Medical University of Graz): Simulating patient-specific whole heart electromechanics with efficient algebraic multigrid preconditioners
11:30 – 12:00
Elias Karabelas (Medical University of Graz): Parallel Simulation of Aortic Blood Flow
12:00 – 12:30
Alfonso Santiago (Barcelona Supercomputing Centre): Fluid Structure interaction applied to a cardiovascular model
12:30 – 14:00
Lunch break
14:00 – 14:30
Laurent Monasse (Ecole des Ponts ParisTech): Three-dimensional fluid structure interaction between a compressible fluid and a fragmenting structure with a conservative immersed boundary method
14:30 – 15:00
Meriem Jedouaa (Grenoble Alpes University/CNRS): An efficient interface capturing method for a large collection of interacting immersed rigid bodies
15:00 – 15:30
Stefan Frei (Heidelberg University): Accurate spatial and temporal discretization techniques for interface problems and fluid-structure interactions in Eulerian coordinates
15:30 - 16:00
Coffee break
16:00 – 16:30
Mahnaz Shokrpour-Roudbari (Eindhoven University of Technology): Elasto-Capillary Simulations based on Phase-Field Model
16:30 – 17:00
Felix Brinkmann (Heidelberg University): Finite Elements for Mechanochemical Pattern Formation
17:00 – 17:20
Tobias Elbinger (FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg): Simulation of metabolic processes including surface reactions in cells

Thursday 14.01.2016

09:00 – 10:00
Annalisa Quaini (University of Houston): Simulation of fluid-structure interaction problems arising in hemodynamics
10:00 – 10:30
Coffee break
10:30 – 11:00
Giorgio Bornia (Texas Tech University): Geometric multigrid and domain decomposition methods for incompressible FSI problems
11:00 – 11:30
Florian Sonner (FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg): Monolithic and partitioned solvers for a linear model problem
11:30 – 12:00
Philipp Birken (Lund University): Inexact fixed point schemes in fluid-structure interaction
12:00 – 12:30
Azahar Monge (Lund University):Convergence analysis of coupling iterations for the unsteady transmission problem
12:30 – 14:00
Lunch break
14.00 – 14:30
Ina Schüssler (FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg): Simulation of temporal effects in high performance ball-bearings
14:30 – 15:00
Ioannis Toulopoulos (RICAM Linz): Numerical solutions for p-Laplace type problems
15:00 - 15:20
Andreas Rupp (FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg): A Non-Symmetric Discontinuous Galerkin Approach to Couple 2D Vertical Shallow Water Equations and Darcy-Equation
15:20 – 15:50
Coffee break
15:50 – 16:20
Angelos Mantzaflaris (RICAM Linz): Adaptive isogeometric discretizations by means of hierarchical splines
16:20 – 16:50
Andreas Hessenthaler (University of Stuttgart): 3D Fluid-Structure Interaction Benchmark Experiment
16:50 – 17:10
Nam-Seok Kim (Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety): A comparison of dynamic mesh methods to describe a check valve closure
17:10 – 17:30
Sabine Upnere (Riga Technical University/Ventspils University College): Modeling of Cross-Flow Induced Vibrations on Circular Cylinder at High Reynolds Number
Conference dinner

Friday 15.01.2016

09:00 – 10:00
Wim van Rees (Harvard University): Multiresolution simulations of optimal self-propelled swimmers in 2D and 3D: results and challenges
10:00 – 10:30
Coffee break
10:30 – 11:00
Michael Lahnert (University of Stuttgart): Extending Simulation Domains with Minimal-Invasiveness by Using Tree-Based Dynamically-Adaptive Grids
11:00 – 11:30
Florian Lindner (University of Stuttgart): PreCICE – A flexible black-box coupling library
11:30 – 12:00
Bhuyian Shameem M. Ebna Hai (Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg): Finite Element Model-Based on-line Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) Systems with Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI) Optimization
12:00 – 12:30
Lukas Failer (Technical University of Munich):Optimal control of an unsteady fluid-structure interaction problem


The workshop takes place at the RICAM institute in the wonderful city of Linz
Johann Radon Institut (RICAM)
Science Park 2/4. OG
Altenberger Str. 69
4040 Linz in Austria
(see Venue for more information)


For accomodation, we recommend the Sommerhaus which is close to RICAM. We have reserved several rooms (mostly single rooms, but also some shared rooms for 2 persons) for the conference for which you will get a reduced fee. Please contact yourself the hotel and specify that you are taking part in this workshop and include the keyword FSI2016 in the reservation form.

List of Participants