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Old   July 30, 2012, 17:34
Question Open Channel Boundary Conditions Issues
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I have modeled an open channel using FLUENT 6.3 (3D). I have encounter many issues in the boundary conditions defining.

I specified the inlet by "Pressure Inlet" BC. As I used the "Open Channel" option on the "multi-phase" tab of the Pressure Inlet BC panel, I entered the following parameter to define the BC: Free Surface Level, Bottom Level, and Velocity magnitude as well as k and epsilon.

My problem is that after solving the field, the inlet velocity differs significantly from the value I have entered in the Pressure Inlet BC condition. I have searched all the FLUENT documentation to find equations of open channel BCs, but nothing specific for open channel are there. Does anyone know how the FLUENT have used the velocity magnitude I have entered? and why the velocity magnitude in the inflow face after calculation is not the same as the velocity magnitude I have entered?

I have checked the "Mass Flow Inlet" BC for open channel which requires the same parameters as the "Pressure Inlet" without velocity magnitude! That means "Mass Flow Inlet" may define the BC using only Free Surface Level and Bottom Level. How is it possible? Is the "Pressure Inlet" BC over defined?

I appreciate if any one help me understand how do boundary conditions for open channel work.

Other information about the model:
Multi-phase Model: Implicit VOF
Turbulence Model: k-e (RNG)
Outlet BC: Pressure outlet
Top BC: Symmetry

Many thanks in advance,
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Hi,

I am facing similar problem. The velocity magnitude specified in the pressure inlet boundary condition does not matches with the simulation result. I have tried using the velocity inlet boundary condition. But the solution does not converge. Please let me know if you have found details about the open channel boundary conditions in VOF.

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I have checked the "Mass Flow Inlet" BC for open channel which requires the same parameters as the "Pressure Inlet" without velocity magnitude! That means "Mass Flow Inlet" may define the BC using only Free Surface Level and Bottom Level. How is it possible?
>> Actually you specify the mass flow rate of both phases by individually selecting that phase in the boundary condition setting.
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Hi rasha,
Thank you for your reply. I have asked sense guys in my university to post my question on Ansys Support portal. However, if you can do that please post on the link below.
https://www1.ansys.com/customer/default.asp
If I found any solution, I'll let you know. If you found anything, please let me know, too.
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But the solution does not converge. Please let me know if you have found details about the open channel boundary conditions in VOF.



>> Actually you specify the mass flow rate of both phases by individually selecting that phase in the boundary condition setting.
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I've tested a way which I think works. let's first remember that if flow is driven due to gravity, then the velocity at the pressure inlet must be unique. That one velocity magnitude is nothing but the true magnitude which may be measured in the lab. So, what you do is you put the actual velocity there, otherwise you should approach that velocity in an iterative manner without the lab measurement. you can start with zero magnitude for velocity in the inlet and solve(now V is not zero anymore), next, calculate the velocity by dividing the flow flux(flux in the pressure inlet) by flow area again at the entrance. Now you have a velocity, go back to BC and put it there and iterate and so on. But usually doing so for one time works good.
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