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Old   November 20, 2007, 04:24
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ranjith
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I am new to cfd. I am modelling blood flow through a pipe with a valve at the centre. Assuming the flow is laminar is the boundary layer resolution and the number of prism layers important. I could find specifications(y+ ranges) for turbulent flow but none for laminar flow.would greatly appreciate any help
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Old   November 20, 2007, 04:46
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in my opinion, y+ is only for turbulence flow, not for laminar flow.
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Old   November 20, 2007, 06:25
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Hi,

Laminar flows are strongly influenced by the boundary layer, but the boundary layer is much thicker than in turbulent flow so a coarser mesh can sometimes resolve it. Depends on exactly what Reynolds number you are at. Inflation layers are still useful until you are doing very low Reynolds numbers, ie Stokes flow.

Blood has strong non-newtonian properties so you may well need a fine boundary mesh to resolve these non-linear properties. I have never modelled blood so am no expert on it but you should check it out.

Glenn Horrocks
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Old   November 20, 2007, 08:50
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If you assume for a moment that you have a constant viscosity (I know you haven't but go with it), then since the flow is laminar you basically have a Hagen-Poiseuille flow, i.e. a parabolic velocity profile. Therefore (IMHO) you should use a power law grid distribution so that you have equal increments of velocity across each cell. For example, if u_wall=0 and u_max=1 m/s, and you use 20 cells across the channel width, then each cell should be at the position that correlates to velocity profile increments of 0.1 m/s. This will give you the refinement you need at the walls. If you have problems understanding this rather wordy explanation, draw a parabola on some graph paper(y is position, x is velocity) and mark off the y positions that correlate with equal increments in x. Good luck.
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Old   November 21, 2007, 01:38
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Thank you Frank, Glenn & Jim for ur suggestions
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