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Old   May 9, 2011, 03:23
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Hello everyone,

I have some questions about settings in the CFX-Pre,

I got some reference settings which I am really confused.

in Basic setting, Reference Pressure: 1 atm,

Basic setting under Buoyancy
Buoyancy reference density: average density;
reference location, automative
and I also set my outlet as 0 Pa reference, does anyone know how to explain all those reference values?
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Old   May 9, 2011, 07:35
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ok, i got the reference pressure is used to avoid problems with round-off errors. But still i am confused on other reference values.
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Old   May 9, 2011, 18:49
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As you say the reference states are there to reduce round off errors. You can set different reference states for some physical models but in general this is not a good idea.
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Hello Ghorrocks,

could you tell me what are the meanings of others?
in Basic setting, Reference Pressure: 1 atm is for round-off problems----clear

Basic setting under Buoyancy
Buoyancy reference density: average density what's the function during solving the problem?
reference location, automatic where is the reference location?
and I also set my opening outlet as 0 Pa reference what's this pressure reference?

Thank you in advance!
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The buoyancy reference is the reference density for buoyancy calculations. Buoyancy is driven by very small density differences so an appropriate reference density is important.
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Old   May 13, 2011, 03:38
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In the post-processing, on the contour, I can show the pressure on the plane i choose. So what's that pressure meaning? static or kinematic pressure?
From the help file, when buoyancy is activated, the pressure excludes the hydrostatic pressure gradient. But I still need to set the average static pressure=0Pa over the outlet. The kinematic is defined as 0.5*Rho*v^2
but here I have no idea what's this pressure. If it is not static pressure, why I need to set static pressure at the outlet?
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The variable "pressure" is static pressure. If you are running buoyancy it has the hydrostatic component removed.

You define the boundary conditions to agree with what you know about the flow. If you don't know the exit pressure then move the boundary to somewhere you do know the pressure. Or use a velocity boundary if you know that.
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Since "Pressure" is static pressure, what is "static pressure minus hydrostatic component", how to relate it with mean velocity inside the model?

If I have a vertical model and set average static pressure=0Pa at top, fluid goes inside from bottom, then what kind of pressure does it show to me? How can I find the dynamic pressure
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The variable total pressure includes the velocity component. If you want the velocity component by itself you will need to define a variable for that.
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Basic setting under Buoyancy
Buoyancy reference location, automatic
where is the reference location when solving?

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