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rohitkjohn December 3, 2019 05:40

openFOAM custom rigid body dynamics

I am studying a vibro impact damper and the effects of a fluid on its damping capabilities. It consists of a cavity filled with fluid and a ball. The cavity is subjected to an external oscillating force so that it oscillates.

I want to simulate the fluid dynamics to calculate the flow and get the surface forces acting on the cavity as well as the ball. It thought I could use openFOAM for this, however I do not know if the rigid body solver would be sufficient for this as the ball will make contact with the walls and bounce.

Can I develop a solver to solve the rigid body dynamics and link it to openFOAM to solve the fluid dynamics. If so how do I do it?

Kind Regards

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