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Jade M February 17, 2010 13:58

I am new to CFX. What is the best way to determine whether a mesh is adequate?

In my current internal flow problem, I have tried 3 different meshes (1) tet with patch conforming, (2) tet with patch conforming and inflation, and (3) tet with patch conforming and finer inflation. These 3 meshes give 3 different pressure drops which are (1) 50 Pa, (2) 109 Pa and (3) 218 Pa. What is the problem?

ghorrocks February 17, 2010 17:54

This means your mesh is nowhere even close to fine enough, regardless of the method used to produce it. You need to do a mesh sensitivity study until your results are independent of mesh size.

JDA April 21, 2010 16:39

The main driver of mesh adequacy is the number of elements. Make several meshes with different element sizes and inflation layers and plot the results as a function of number of elements. There should be a point where decreasing the element size (increasing the number of elements) has little impact on the results (akin to a blower curve, only mirrored). You want to have a mesh that puts you on this flat section.

Jade M April 21, 2010 16:42

Great thanks for the info. Being new to CFX, I just wanted to make sure that I understood these options. I've now demonstrated grid independence.

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