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Old   March 27, 2009, 17:42
Default Problems modeling subsonic engine air inlet with flow separation
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Hi,

I need to model an air inlet for an air breathing engine (RBCC engine). Flow velocities through the duct are subsonic (Mach 0.2 - 0.5). The average static pressure at the outflow plane of the air inlet is fixed. I am having convergence problems in the regions of flow separation and I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on how to improve convergence.

I have tried increasing mesh density in the regions of separated flow but so far this has not helped. (I am also reaching the memory limits of the computers I have access to.)

I have been hesitant to extend the domain past the true outflow plane since I need to achieve a given average pressure at this plane. Is it typical to extend the domain past the true outflow plane for simulations? If so, how does one achieve the desired pressure at the true outflow plane location? (iteration?).

The simulation details are as follows.
Domain Settings
Steady state
Using SST turbulence model, Ideal Gas, Total Energy model

Boundary conditions
- subsonic velocity inlet
- opening pressure outlet. Using the entrain setting since I expect there to be regions of separated flow crossing the outflow plane. I have been hesitant to extend the domain past the true outflow plane since I need to achieve a given average pressure at this plane.

Solver Settings
Advection scheme: High Resolution (when using UW scheme, the simulation converges)

Timescale control: Local Time scale

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks
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Old   March 29, 2009, 17:52
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Have a look at:

http://www.cfd-online.com/Wiki/Ansys...gence_criteria

Try the recommendations on that page but I bet in your case you have transient flow structures so you will need to run a transient simulation.

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Thanks Glenn,

I'll give the transient simulations a try.
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