In a fluid structure interaction solver (written in c++, latest stable version of FEniCS available from docker) I need to solve two problems, one for the continuum (i.e. the fluid and the solid), and one for the mesh, in which the amount by which the mesh needs to move in the fluid domain is calculated (in the solid domain, the mesh moves with the material). I am trying to solve these two problems in a single call to the `solve`

function.

To do this I need to apply a boundary condition to the mesh displacement such that at the boundary between the solid and the fluid the mesh moves with the solid, and within the fluid domain I solve (for example) `div(grad(um)) == 0`

, where `um`

is the mesh displacement.

If `u`

is the displacement of the solid, then I need to apply a boundary condition um == u on the boundary between the fluid and solid domains. My problem is that if I try to do this using `DirichletBC(W.sub(3), u, fluid_solid_bdry)`

then it does not treat `u`

in the boundary condition as a variable, but simply takes the value that is stored within the function `u`

from the previous time-step (note that `W.sub(3)`

is the part of the mixed function space corresponding to `um`

).

Does anyone know a way of applying a boundary condition to `um`

such that it is “slaved” to `u`

at the boundary between the fluid and the solid, treating `u`

as a variable to be calculated? I am not sure if this is possible as it is important that the mesh problem remains “secondary” to the continuum problem, and does not in any way influence the dynamics of the fluid structure interaction.