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In this work the problem of fluid flow in deformable porous media is studied. First, the stationary fluid-structure interaction (FSI) problem is formulated in terms of incompressible Newtonian fluid and a linearized elastic solid. The flow is assumed to be characterized by very low Reynolds number and is described by the Stokes equations. The strains in the solid are small allowing for the solid to be described by the Lame equations, but no restrictions are applied on the magnitude of the displacements leading to strongly coupled, nonlinear fluid-structure problem. The FSI problem is then solved numerically by an iterative procedure which solves sequentially fluid and solid subproblems. Each of the two subproblems is discretized by finite elements and the fluid-structure coupling is reduced to an interface boundary condition. Several numerical examples are presented and the results from the numerical computations are used to perform permeability computations for different geometries.

Numerical modeling of electrochemical process in Li-Ion battery is an emerging topic of great practical interest. In this work we present a Finite Volume discretization of electrochemical diffusive processes occurring during the operation of Li-Ion batteries. The system of equations is a nonlinear, time-dependent diffusive system, coupling the Li concentration and the electric potential. The system is formulated at length-scale at which two different types of domains are distinguished, one for the electrolyte and one for the active solid particles in the electrode. The domains can be of highly irregular shape, with electrolyte occupying the pore space of a porous electrode. The material parameters in each domain differ by several orders of magnitude and can be non-linear functions of Li ions concentration and/or the electrical potential. Moreover, special interface conditions are imposed at the boundary separating the electrolyte from the active solid particles. The field variables are discontinuous across such an interface and the coupling is highly non- linear, rendering direct iteration methods ineffective for such problems. We formulate a Newton iteration for an purely implicit Finite Volume discretization of the coupled system. A series of numerical examples are presented for different type of electrolyte/electrode configurations and material parameters. The convergence of the Newton method is characterized both as function of nonlinear material parameters as well as the nonlinearity in the interface conditions.