int nn = 20; // Mesh quality
int[int] labs = [1, 2, 2, 1, 1, 2]; // Label numbering
mesh3 Th = cube(nn, nn, nn, label=labs);
// Remove the ]0.5,1[^3 domain of the cube
Th = trunc(Th, (x < 0.5) | (y < 0.5) | (z < 0.5), label=1);
fespace Vh(Th, P1);
Vh u, v;
macro Grad(u) [dx(u), dy(u), dz(u)] //
// Define the weak form and solve
solve Poisson(u, v, solver=CG)
Grad(u)' * Grad(v)
1 * v
+ on(1, u=0)
A high level multiphysics finite element software
FreeFEM offers a fast interpolation algorithm and a language for the manipulation of data on multiple meshes.
Easy to use PDE solver
FreeFEM is a popular 2D and 3D partial differential equations (PDE) solver used by thousands of researchers across the world.
It allows you to easily implement your own physics modules using the provided FreeFEM language.
FreeFEM offers a large list of finite elements, like the Lagrange, Taylor-Hood, etc., usable in the continuous and discontinuous Galerkin method framework.
- Incompressible Navier-Stokes (using the P1-P2 Taylor Hood element)
- Lamé equations (linear elasticity)
- Neo-Hookean, Mooney-Rivlin (nonlinear elasticity)
- Thermal diffusion
- Thermal convection
- Thermal radiation
- Fluid-structure interaction (FSI)
Strong mesh and parallel capabilities
FreeFEM has it own internal mesher, called BAMG, and is compatible with the best open-source mesh and visualization software like Tetgen, Gmsh, Mmg and ParaView.
Written in C++ to optimize for speed, FreeFEM is interfaced with the popular mumps, PETSc and HPDDM solvers.
HPC in the cloud integration
7 lines of python code and a account is all you need to run a FreeFEM simulation in the cloud.
Thanks to a partnership with Qarnot's advanced HPC platform, you won't have to worry about deploying FreeFEM on the cloud, everything is automated.
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August 27, 2020 | Florian Feppon, Grégoire Allaire, Charles Dapogny, Pierre Jolivet
We present a topology optimization approach for the design of fluid-to-fluid heat exchangers which rests on an explicit meshed discretization of the phases at stake, at every iteration of the optimization process. The considered physical situations involve a weak coupling between the Navier–Stokes equations for the velocity and the pressure in the fluid, and the convection–diffusion equation for the temperature field. The proposed framework combines several recent techniques from the field of shape and topology optimization, and notably a level-set based mesh evolution algorithm for tracking shapes and their defor- mations, an efficient optimization algorithm for constrained shape optimization problems, and a numerical method to handle a wide variety of geometric constraints such as thickness constraints and non-penetration constraints. Our strategy is applied to the optimization of various types of heat exchangers. At first, we consider a simplified 2D cross-flow model where the optimized boundary is the section of the hot fluid phase flowing in the transverse direction, which is naturally composed of multiple holes. A minimum thickness constraint is imposed on the cross-section so as to account for manufacturing and maximum pressure drop constraints. In a second part, we optimize the design of 2D and 3D heat exchangers composed of two types of fluid channels (hot and cold), which are separated by a solid body. A non-mixing constraint between the fluid components containing the hot and cold phases is enforced by prescribing a minimum distance between them. Numerical results are presented on a variety of test cases, demonstrating the efficiency of our approach in generating new, realistic, and unconventional heat exchanger designs.
March 30, 2020 | Florian Feppon, Grégoire Allaire, Charles Dapogny, Pierre Jolivet
An efficient framework is described for the shape and topology optimization of realistic three-dimensional, weakly-coupled fluid-thermal-mechanical systems. At the theoretical level, the proposed methodology relies on the boundary variation of Hadamard for describing the sensitivity of functions with respect to the domain. From the numerical point of view, three key ingredients are used: (i) a level set based mesh evolution method allowing to describe large deformations of the shape while maintaining an adapted, high-quality mesh of the latter at every stage of the optimization process; (ii) an efficient constrained optimization algorithm which is very well adapted to the infinite-dimensional shape optimization context; (iii) efficient preconditioning techniques for the solution of large finite element systems in a reasonable computational time. The performance of our strategy is illustrated with two examples of coupled physics: respectively fluid-structure interaction and convective heat transfer. Before that, we perform three other test cases, involving a single physics (structural, thermal and aerodynamic design), for comparison purposes and for assessing our various tools: in particular, they prove the ability of the mesh evolution technique to capture very thin bodies or shells in 3D.
December 13, 2019 | Lèye Babacar, Tine Léon Matar, Sy Mamadou
The coastal areas near thermal or nuclear plants are subject to hot water discharges produced by cooling processes. These activities induce an increase of the temperature near the outlet vicinity, which can extend for miles. The temperature variation affects the metabolic rate of organisms and the level of dissolved oxygen. Cooling by cold water from an additional discharge can be considered in order to limit this thermal pollution. This paper present a methodology based on the implementation of a two-dimensional numerical model to study the dynamic of the temperature originated from the industrial discharges. Moreover the optimal injection rate of cold water is sought to keep the water temperature as close as possible to the survival of the ecosystem. Numerical simulations are performed to illustrate the efficiency approach.