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Old   March 4, 2002, 08:00
Default Periodic boundaries at inlet and outlet?
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Michael Bo
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How do I implement cyclic boundaries where all variable should be transfered excpet from the pressure in order to generate a mass flow where the outlet velocities (and all other variables) equal to those at the inlet? I would like to do so, in order to model a section of a (infinte long) piping system. I use CFX5-5.

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Old   March 4, 2002, 14:02
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You need to use translational periodicity + a momentum source to set the pressure gradient. You may have to iterate (manually) a little to get the mass flow rate you want.

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Old   March 13, 2002, 13:53
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Does anyone have any experience with complicated 2D crossections and obtaining a truly periodic flow rate? For example say a square duct with four large fins sticking 1/3 the edge length towards the center. Is the momentum source simple ie constant everywhere, or is it a complex 2D function in order to create the periodic flow / pressure field? I'm just forseeing a complicated manual iteration process in front of me that I think the code should do for me, but maybe it's not as bad as I'm thinking.

One other option is to use Fluent because it has a periodic / fully developed flow boundary condition available directly to the user without messing around with source terms and flow rates: you can just set the pressure gradient OR the flow rate.
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Old   March 14, 2002, 03:58
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>you can just set the pressure gradient OR the flow rate. That's because the pressure drop is a function of the flow rate and vice versa; e.g. in laminar flow cf=64/Re.
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Old   March 15, 2002, 03:24
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I've been talking with CFX and they will probably include a peridoc boundary with specification of mass flow: "I have requested that the boundary condition your require be in a future release."
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