Convergence Criteria for first Timestep in transient run

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 February 14, 2013, 21:11 Convergence Criteria for first Timestep in transient run #1 New Member   Join Date: Jul 2010 Posts: 7 Rep Power: 7 Hello, Does anyone know if it is possible to have a different convergence criteria for the first timestep of a transient simulation? I would like to converge the first timestep for a minimum of ~500 iterations, then allow each subsequent timestep to end at a maximum of say ~50 iterations. Is this possible? THANKS!

 February 15, 2013, 06:47 #2 Super Moderator   Glenn Horrocks Join Date: Mar 2009 Location: Sydney, Australia Posts: 10,830 Rep Power: 85 You could try making the max number of iterations a CEL expression. But 500 coeff loops for an iteration is crazy. This is FAR too much. Even 50 per iteration is too much. A far better way is to use adaptive time stepping homing in on 3-5 coeff loops per iteration. Much faster and more accurate.

 February 18, 2013, 20:46 #3 New Member   Join Date: Jul 2010 Posts: 7 Rep Power: 7 Thank you. I think you are right after a bit of research. These transient sims are pretty time intensive so it's not the time to be learning by trial and error. My specific case is a turbomachinery case and I have found that the solution takes many timesteps to converge towards a realistic and periodic one. As a result I end up throwing out many of the first few timesteps. That works, but I'd prefer to find a way to converge to a useful solution in the first couple of timesteps to save time and space. At any rate... I am trying an approach with more timesteps and a lower number of iterations to see if the results come out acceptably... thanks again.

 February 19, 2013, 05:01 #4 Super Moderator   Glenn Horrocks Join Date: Mar 2009 Location: Sydney, Australia Posts: 10,830 Rep Power: 85 If you do not care about the initial transient then do not bother accurately simulating it. Just do it approximately and quickly and use a more accurate setup when the flow has matured. But the adaptive timesteps with 3-5 coeff loops per time steps is almost always the best option available. You are wasting your time by doing anything else.

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