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Roohi September 5, 2011 15:46

No Fluctuatios in LES results for pipe flow!!!
Hello Guys!!
I am simulating a sigle phase (water) flow inside a pipe by LES in CFX. The pipe diameter is 2cm and it's length is 6*D. Also the Re# is about 5300.
My inlet BC is a predefined velocity profile (1/7 Power law profile) and outlet BC is zero static pressure. I am using a SST Solution (RANS steady solution) as initialization file. Since it is intialized by RANS I set the Expert parameter "apply ic fluctuations for les" to "t". I did everything based on the documetations of CFX.
my mesh is fine enough {(wall scale)y+=1... ( span wise)Z+=20...(streamwise) X+=50} and Courant # is always less than 0.8.
It is pretty much all about my problem definition.
However when I run the case I get no fluctuations in velocities at all. I monitor velocity of a point and all the time it goes smoothly.
Would be kind enough to tell me what is wrong with my case??
Thanks in advance.

ghorrocks September 5, 2011 18:50

What turbulence model are you using? What differencing scheme? What time advancement scheme?

Roohi September 5, 2011 20:24

Thanks for the quick reply.
My Turbulence model is Smagorinskey Model with default Cs=0.1...
And also I used Central Differencing scheme, and Second order backward Euler for transient scheme (if you mean that by "time advancement scheme").
Thanks again,

ghorrocks September 6, 2011 19:05

Why do you say "my mesh is fine enough"? You quote y+ values but that means little in LES where you must get the mesh size appropriate compared to the turbulence structures you are modelling.

Roohi September 7, 2011 15:11

Hi Glenn,
I picked up those numbers for mesh sizes based on what exists in literature. Because they have done this simulation with those mesh sizes.
Are you telling me that this is caused by my mesh?
Should I go for coarser or finer mesh?
Any suggestions?
Thanks again,

ghorrocks September 7, 2011 18:50

Well, if you are not getting the LES fluctuations then you have too much dissipation in your model. Dissipation comes from the differencing schemes - but you are already using central differencing and second order time so you have minimised that already. So if you still have too much dissipation the next thing to look at is using a finer mesh.

Of course the whole idea of LES is that the mesh size is linked to a filter, where turbulence length scales in the inertial region are filtered out and the subgrid model replaces them, but length scales larger than that are simulated and therefore the mesh needs to resolve these scales.

This is why I say you need to work out the turbulence length scale you wish to resolve, and then generate a mesh fine enough to resolve it.

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