If you want to couple your own code you need to properly understand it. That is why, in this first step, we have a look at your own code. We discuss what you need to do to prepare the code for coupling.

Let’s say you want to prepare a fluid solver for fluid-structure interaction and that your code looks like this:

turnOnSolver(); //e.g. setup and partition mesh 

double dt; // solver timestep size

while (not simulationDone()){ // time loop
  dt = beginTimeStep(); // e.g. compute adaptive dt 
  solveTimeStep(dt);
  endTimeStep(); // e.g. update variables, increment time
}
turnOffSolver();

Probably most solvers have such a structures: something in the beginning (reading input, domain decomposition), a big time loop, and something in the end. Each timestep also falls into three parts: some pre-computations (e.g. computing an adaptive timestep size), the actual computation (solving a linear or non-linear equation system), and something in the end (updating variables, incrementing time). Try to identify these parts in the code you want to couple.

In the following steps, we will slowly add more and more calls to the preCICE API in this code snippet. Some part of the preCICE API is briefly described in each step. More precisely (no pun intended :grin:), we use the native C++ API of preCICE. The API is, however, also available in other scientific programming languages: plain C, Fortran, Python, and Matlab (see Application Programming Interface).