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Rigid bodies in fluids/Coulomb friction in elastic and viscoelastic bodies

Grant number: 11/03215-2
Support type:Research Grants - Visiting Researcher Grant - International
Duration: June 27, 2011 - July 13, 2011
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Mathematics - Applied Mathematics
Principal Investigator:José Alberto Cuminato
Grantee:José Alberto Cuminato
Visiting researcher: David Edward Stewart
Visiting researcher institution: University of Iowa, United States
Home Institution: Instituto de Ciências Matemáticas e de Computação (ICMC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil


Two problems are proposed. The first is to investigate what happens when a pair of rigid bodies collide in a fluid. The central question is whether there are impulsive forces, or if the forces of the fluid on the colliding bodies is sufficient to prevent this. Asymptotic analysis should facilitate the development of numerical methods for these situations. The second problem is to investigate numerical methods for handling Coulomb frictional contact between elastic and viscoelastic bodies. Simulations with suitable methods can provide information about frictional instabilities in these problems. (AU)