Superconducting magnets as e.g. used in particle colliders such as the LHC at CERN exhibit complex transient magneto-thermal phenomena whose analysis requires appropriate numerical methods such as the finite element (FE) method. When using the latter, thin insulation layers can lead to numerical problems in Contact: thermal simulations due to their high aspect ratios.
To circumvent this problem, thin shell approximations collapsing the volumetric insulation layer into a surface can be used. However, without further considerations, these methods require the meshes on both sides of the shell to be conforming. In order to conveniently treat layer-to-layer insulation of superconducting magnets, a way to deal with non-conforming meshes is desirable.
Mortaring methods are a well-known possibility to cope with non-conforming meshes. Thus, this announcement proposes to implement mortaring for thin shell approximations in the open-source finite element framework GetDP.