Regularity results in 2D fluid–structure interaction

Dominic Breit*

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We study the interaction of an incompressible fluid in two dimensions with an elastic structure yielding the moving boundary of the physical domain. The displacement of the structure is described by a linear viscoelastic beam equation. Our main result is the existence of a unique global strong solution. Previously, only the ideal case of a flat reference geometry was considered such that the structure can only move in vertical direction. We allow for a general geometric set-up, where the structure can even occupy the complete boundary. Our main tool—being of independent interest—is a maximal regularity estimate for the steady Stokes system in domains with minimal boundary regularity. In particular, we can control the velocity field in W2 , 2 in terms of a forcing in L2 provided the boundary belongs roughly to W3 / 2 , 2. This is applied to the momentum equation in the moving domain (for a fixed time) with the material derivative as right-hand side. Since the moving boundary belongs a priori only to the class W2 , 2, known results do not apply here as they require a C2-boundary.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMathematische Annalen
Early online date31 Dec 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 31 Dec 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematics(all)


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