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Charles Puelz’s paper, A Sharp Interface Method for an Immersed Viscoelastic Solid, has been accepted to appear in Journal of Computational Physics. (A preprint is available on the arXiv.) This paper develops an extension of the hyperelastic immersed boundary method that sharply resolves pressure discontinuities at fluid-structure interfaces by modifying the definition of the elastic stress tensor associated with the hyperelastic material response. Unlike most other sharp-interface immersed boundary methods, however, this approach allows us to use standard discretization methods that are “oblivious” to the presence of the pressure discontinuity. Numerical tests show the impact of the method on the accuracy of the overall scheme, and an approach is developed that allows us to compute the splitting efficiently.

Congratulations, Charles!

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