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July 29, 2011, 07:33 
Number of positions in particle tracking

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I am modeling inert solid particle injection in water. I had specified particle size distribution viz. min, max,mean, std deviation.
At the injection area velocity and mass flow rate is specified. It is supposed to calculate number of particle on basis of density provided in material properties and size distribution. What is need to specify number of positions and how to specify ? Sujay 

August 8, 2011, 15:30 

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Hi,
CFX computes number of real particles based on mass flow rate, density and sizes distribution. Solving the motion equations for each particle is highly CPU costed so you need to provide number of artificial (let's say numerical) particles which each of them represent a group of real particles going by the same trajectory. The bigger number you provide the more statistically representative solution you get. To find appropriate number of numerical particles you should make a parameter independent study. Regards, Przemek 

August 9, 2011, 00:19 

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Then why it ask information like mass flow rate and size distribution ? Numbers can be calculated on basis of this information
Please guide me to do parameter independent study for this case Particle Injection In present case domain is rectangular tank with inlet at top and outlet at bottom. Particles are injected at inlet. Few particles float to top and leave domain while few are carried away by fluid through outlet. Last edited by sujay; August 9, 2011 at 00:41. 

August 9, 2011, 15:05 

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Hi,
CFX ask for mass flow and particle size to calculate real (physical) number of particles. Parameter 'Number of Positions' is just a numerical reprezentation. CFX assumes that each numerical particle is a group of real particles bahaving in the same way. But to know how many particles is hiding behind numerical particle you need to provide mass flow and sizes. For example, if from your mass flow and sizes you calculate that you should get 100,000 particles per unit of time and you provide Number of Positions as 100. It means that each numerical paricle is representing 1000 real particles (per unit of time). To make parameter independent study you have to decide what kind of results you would like to get. Then run few cases with different values in Number of Position parameter, and then look when your results are not changing with icrease in this parameter. In other words choose value big enough to not affect your results. Regards, Przemek 

August 10, 2011, 04:03 

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Sujay,
If l the ratio of flow mass flow rate of particles to the to the mass flow rate of fluid is low. Or if you believe that your particles have negligible influence on continous phase, you may choose one way coupled particles on fluid pairs tab. Mass flow definition for one way coupled particles does not effects the solution. You can define any value, out flow mass rate for particles will calculate from ratio between number of particles left domain and entered domain at the post process.. 

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Is this correct? What happens, if nop > 100,000?
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December 6, 2011, 18:34 

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Julian,
your proceedings is correct but you made a mistake in calculations. Your number of real particles will be 1e6 [1/s], so if you set Number of Positions to 100, each numerical particle will represent 10,000 real particles (per unit of time). In that case if you set 'nop' to 1e6 [1/s] then yes, one numerical particle will represent one real particle but it will have very high CPU cost and it is almost for sure not needed from statistical point of view. Best Regards, Przemek 

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My dia is 400microns...What should be my nop based on your experience The cfx pre i have set is shown in pic 

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