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Joe July 4, 2006 11:09

Physical timestep Calculation
I am making a simulation of a wigley hull, involving a free surface between air and water. While trying to make the simulation, I defined the physical timestep as in the CFX manual but it doesnt seem to work.

A wall is positioned at the outlet and an irregular flow is also seen there. By inputting a smaller timescale the simulation progresses kind of better but still there is a problem.

The size of the domain is big enough for the simulation to take place without any problem but i think the timescale is not correct.

Can someone tell me a way to calculate the timescale?

Regards Joe

Joe July 4, 2006 11:16

Re: Physical timestep Calculation
Read the Best Practices Guide for Multiphase flow in the manual appendix.

James Date July 4, 2006 13:31

Re: Physical timestep Calculation
Have you tried running a steady state simulation yet? You should get a converged solution using this method. If you do run the transient case, make sure the time step satisfies the Courant requirement being < 1, based on the wave speed. Info about this can be found in the CFX manual. If you are using CFX-10, download the latest CFX-11 preview from because it has improved numerics which help to reduce the spurious waves which can occur in the far field when using CFX-10. Are you validating your Wigley results against those obtained by Tokyo University in their tank tests?


Joe July 4, 2006 15:07

Re: Physical timestep Calculation
I am running steady state simulation with CFX 5.7. Some results showed me good approximations with the experimental even though the simulation did not completely converge.

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