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Old   June 13, 2013, 02:55
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Hi guys,

Iīm dealing with periodicity problems in ICEM. Iīve done "Bottom Up Hexa Mesh Strategy for a Grid Fin" tutorial. Even, when I tried to export this mesh to Fluent I didnīt get it. For that reason, I would like to know how export correctly a periodic mesh to Fluent from ICEM. Iīve tried with a easy example. I followed the same steps as in the tutorial.

Before generating the mesh: Mesh -> Global Mesh Set Up -> Set up periodicity.
Then, define periodic vertices in the blocks with "Periodic vertices".

I convert to unstruct mesh and then I did "Check mesh" and problems related to periodicity appear (I selected the parts with the periodicity)... and then... I donīt know if I have to export the mesh without boundary condition about periodic parts and define them in Fluent... or if I have to define this bc in ICEM...

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I leave this simple geometry if any of you want to try.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/bp06ywrnzq1t56m/SetPer.rar
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I don't have time to look at your case, but I can tell you the two most common mistakes...

1) When selecting periodic verts, you need to get every pair. A good final check is to right click on faces (in the tree under blocking) and turn on the periodic faces option... You can do the same for Verts and quickly make sure you got it all.

2) The checks ask you to select the parts that are periodic. Often, even if the blocking is periodic, users have associated it to underlying geometry who's names are not setup in periodic pairs. For instance, on the one periodic face, all the surfaces and curves may in in the part PER1, but on the other side all the surfaces are in PER2 and the curves are in GEOM. When you run the periodic check between PER1 and PER2, it won't be a perfect match because you are missing all the line elements and nodes that formed along GEOM... I am not saying that you need all the curves in PER2, but you need to make sure you are comparing equal sets.


After that, you do need to do something tricky in Fluent to get it to apply the correct periodic boundary condition... I know I have posted that command several times before, so do a search...

Search tip: I find that a google search of the CFD-Online site finds things faster and more reliably than the CFD-Online built in search.
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I don't have time to look at your case, but I can tell you the two most common mistakes...

1) When selecting periodic verts, you need to get every pair. A good final check is to right click on faces (in the tree under blocking) and turn on the periodic faces option... You can do the same for Verts and quickly make sure you got it all.
Especially when you use rotational periodic (didn't look at your case) the vertices on the axxis of rotation should be defined as periodic with themselves. This could also be one common mistake.
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@Kad, good one.

You need to select those axis verts twice to ensure they are "periodic"...

what is really happening is you are defining the corners of each periodic face, so if you forget to select the axis, the faces next to it are not defined as periodic and you are going to have a bad time.
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Hi Simon greetings

Hope you are fine and enjoying good health

I have tried everything, but things are not working in ICEM 14.5.

Error message:shell xxx has node xxx which has no twin

I will come after another try...
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Ok Here is update.

From ICEM 14.5 (with full periodicity defined in ICEM) I was able to export the mesh and read into Fluent (see video) and quality and min angle are very good. Quality ~0.9 and min angle >42. However in Fluent min orthogonal quality is 0 (0 is bad and 1 is good and min required is 0.01).

Then I have exported mesh from ICEM to Fluent without periodicity and defined periodicity in Fluent (mesh> Modifiy-zone> make-periodic) and now min orthogonal quality is 0.67.

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First of all, thanks for the answers.

Thank you Simon, the second point is good to know. Exactly, I had the curves in a different part from the "periodic surfaces". Yes, I know how to do this in Fluent.

Thank you Kad. This is good one. In pag. 386 Help Manual is also remembered.

Hi Far, I have another question very similar at yours. When I check pre-mesh quality in ICEM CFD, for example, Aspect Ratio, I get 12. When I check the Aspect Ratio in Fluent appear 2.45e2. I canīt understand this behaviour. It is two orders of magnitude higher! In addition, I think two criterions are similarly defined. I mention this because Itīs similar to the behaviour you are describing.

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Old   June 23, 2013, 16:15
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Here is the link of document

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...%20meshing.pdf
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Hi Far,

thank you very much for the tutorial!! I did this 1 week ago. In addition, I made 3 video tutorials speaking about different ways to do this but... is in spanish lenguage. Maybe the last one of them (is exactly the way you have explained here) can upload and share the link here as complement of your tutorial.
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Here a short video about periodic in Fluent.

Make periodic bc in Fluent

It just to illustrate farīs tutorial.
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Here an other short video about create periodic mesh and set periodic bc in ICEM CFD.

Make periodic mesh and bc in ICEM

When I check the mesh and appears the window about periodic problems, itīs just because the curves that lie in periodic surface part belong to other part. For more information about that, see Simonīs post (#2).

Also, the point I take to base point is created in CAD software and imported to ICEM. I think is easier that way instead of to create it in ICEM.
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The las video is about periodic vertices coincidence with base point.

Make periodic mesh ICEM

Attention from 1:15 to 1:30 m. This vertices have to be periodic too!
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Here an other short video about create periodic mesh and set periodic bc in ICEM CFD.

Make periodic mesh and bc in ICEM

When I check the mesh and appears the window about periodic problems, itīs just because the curves that lie in periodic surface part belong to other part. For more information about that, see Simonīs post (#2).

Also, the point I take to base point is created in CAD software and imported to ICEM. I think is easier that way instead of to create it in ICEM.
I usually put all curves in part "CRVS" and points in "PTS" and this works very well for hexa and tetra

You can make base point in ICEM. Just take an extreme point (on inlet or outlet) in model and find its coordinates. just remove x and y values and enter Z cooridinate and create new point.
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thank you for the advice Far!
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Does it always have to be Z the axis of rotation in fluent in order to avoid problems in mesh checking and reporting quality?

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