Caleb Wood

I have two models which I am experimenting with, one where the piles are made of shell elements and one where they are made of solid elements. The cross-section is W360x174. The coupling is defined using ALE_STRUCTURED_FSI.

You mentioned beam elements, would it be possible to use beam elements in an FSI problem where waves are impacting piles? It is my understanding that beam elements would not capture the water flow around the pile accurately, and would influence the results downstream, do you know if this is the case? My simulation runs for 15 seconds so each pile should be subjected to 7-8 waves. 

Thank you.