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7.6.2 Gap Function
The vector gap function , representing the distance between the contact surfaces, is defined by The premise of a tied interface is that the parametric coordinates of and are both invariants (i.e., they are determined in the reference configuration and remain unchanged over time). The parametric coordinates of correspond to the integration points on , and those of are evaluated once, in the reference configuration, by shooting a ray from the integration point on to intersect . It follows from this premise that If and are not initially conforming, continuity of fluid pressure and normal flux will only be enforced within the contact interface; unlike the sliding biphasic contact interface (Section 7.2↑), free-draining conditions are not set automatically on regions of and where a solution for was not found. Therefore, these regions naturally enforce zero fluid flux (impermeable boundary), unless an explicit boundary condition on the pressure is prescribed over those regions.