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Chilli83 May 5, 2009 03:50

courant number for hvac simulation
Hi all

I have a little problem when setting up the Solver Control for a simulation with occupants in a large room with displacement ventilation. The simulation should be run as transient for around 1800 s with the use of a very rough mesh just to see what happen with the flow.

My question is then when I have to set up the timestep initialisation I choose "automatic" and then I have to define a lower and upper courant number? Should the default values of 5 and 10 respectively be used or is it not necesary to define them?

I get a max courant number of 999.999 for my simulation with a timestep of 1 s and a max inner loop of 10 when I don't "click"/choose some values for lower and upper courant number.

Kind regards

ghorrocks May 5, 2009 20:39


Leave everything at the default values unless you have a good reason to change them - and know what it means!

When you are starting a new simulation and you have no idea what the fluid timescales in the flow are it is a good idea to use adaptive timestepping with a very wide maximum and minimum limits to allow the solver to find a good timestep size by itself. The best policy is generally to home in 3-5 iterations per time step.

I suspect you will need a timestep size much smaller than you are currently using, at least in the startup transient.

Glenn Horrocks

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