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Old   February 29, 2016, 05:07
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I'm having problem of negative cell volume detected! in a quad mesh of two concentric cylinders in Fluent for 2D dynamic meshing case. I did meshing of cylinders in Gambit and then export it to Fluent solver [Gambit]. The JPEG images are attached which shows the volume of dynamic mesh before and after the error detected..
Can u plz help me in this regard.
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Old   February 29, 2016, 05:24
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I assume, if you were able to export your mesh in Fluent, then you didn't have any cell with negative volume (else the export would fail).
Then your problem lies on your dynamic mesh setting.
If you are handling quad mesh, then I suppose you are using cell layering.
If everything is well set, you should try to reduce your dt.
this tutorial may help you:
http://aerojet.engr.ucdavis.edu/flue...tg/node181.htm
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Sir I'm using smoothing in dynamic meshing, I reduced time step size from 0.01 to 0.0001 but again after some time same error occurred.
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no idea with smoothing, sorry.
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Sir I'm using UDF in along with dyanamic meshing. Is it possible that Udf is incorrect?
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then check your motion without udf.
If you don't have cells with negative cells, then it should lie on your udf
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Sir, I've used UDF for different grid sizes along with different domain size but with same UDF I got results for only one of those grid sizes with no error & other grid sizes produce error.
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Which smoothing tecnique are you using?
Say you are using spring-based, you may try to increase the "number of iterations". It will be more time consuming to update the mesh, but you will get better quality and eventually no negative volume.
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yes sir I'm using spring based smoothing but after a few number of iterations it shows error of negative volume!!!
Should I use different smoothing technique???
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are all parts of your domain moving properly?
for example, I long ago did a falling ball simulation with 6DOF, and although the ball was moving properly, the cells in front and before the ball did not remesh along, meaning the cells in front of the ball would soon overlap with the ball itself - leading to negative cell volumes.

You can see in 'preview mesh movement' where it goes wrong, typically.
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Sir, can I use TUI for smoothing of quad elements in 2d, as suggested by one of the member of CFD forum!
if yes; can u guide me how to write TUI.
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