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Old   May 20, 2013, 11:00
Default Periodic BC and Unstructured Mesh
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Hi Everyone,
I have a problem creating periodic boundary conditions. If you know the solutions, please help.

I created a geometry in ICEM CFD and tried to create the rotational periodic boundary condition in FLUENT by typing at the interface
define>boundary-conditions>modify-zones>make-periodic

However, FLUENT shows
Warning: differing number of faces on these threads.
zone 36: matched 0 out of 4112 faces.
zone 35: matched 0 out of 4237 faces.
Error: Failed to make zones periodic.
Error Objects: #f

Can FLUENT create periodic boundary condition on unstructured mesh? It seems to fail because the number of faces on the periodic zone does not match that of the shadow zone.
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Old   May 23, 2013, 15:25
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Hi,
Does anyone know if FLUENT can create periodic boundary condition on unstructured mesh?
It always shows:
Error: Failed to make zones periodic.
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Old   May 23, 2013, 18:16
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Fluent can create periodic boundaries on unstructured meshes but the faces mesh must be conformal

I believe that the user guide lists to steps to make the meshes equal
you can also do it with your mesher

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Hi,
Does anyone know if FLUENT can create periodic boundary condition on unstructured mesh?
It always shows:
Error: Failed to make zones periodic.
Thanks,
Jenny
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Old   May 26, 2013, 06:35
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Hi Jabba,
Thank you for your recommendations.
After reading your comment, I followed non-conformal mesh periodic boundary condition steps (rotational) in FLUENT user guide (change boundary condition to interface then create periodic condition in mesh interfaces).
However, FLUENT reported the error "couldn't intersect thread 35 and 36".
I have checked the offset angle so I don't know what I did wrong.
Do you have any suggestions?
Thank you,
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Old   May 27, 2013, 10:08
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Hello Jenny

I'm not sure about what this error means
I would recommend that you make the meshes of the faces you want to make periodic equal using a mesh generator, not fluent
this was what I have done

with ansys meshing, this is pretty straightforward.. icemcfd should have this capability too
then you import the mesh in fluent and just make them periodic through TUI as you tried before

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