Credit: Jakob Beran.
Credit: Jakob Beran.


Jakob Beran, PhD student at MISU.
Jakob Beran, PhD student at MISU.

Jakob Beran
PhD student at MISU


Application of a FEM model for fluid-structure interaction problems to cell mechanics



Challenging problems in fluid mechanics are problems involving fluid-structure interaction (FSI). These type of problems are usually solved with two different solvers, one for the fluid domain and one for the structure domain, and with some sort of coupling between the solvers.

Another approach is to solve the fluid and the structure as one single system, with a single solver. The Unicorn solver is an FSI solver based on the Finite Element Method (FEM), and is one part of the FEniCS computing platform (

The Unicorn solver has so far mainly been used for high Reynolds number flow. In this master thesis project, we have extended the Unicorn solver to apply also on a cell mechanical problem where the Reynolds number is low.


Time and Place

Thursday March 15th 2018, 14.15
Rossbysalen C609, Arrhenius Laboratory, 6th floor