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 Ali October 25, 2001 13:28

Dear Fluent Users,

I am running an unsteady supersonic flow directed on the surface. This is the first time I have attempted the unsteady calculation and I am having a considerable difficulties in converging the residuals to the desired level.I have even reduced the time step size as low as 10^-08 and got nowhere with it. Is it the rexation factors or something else that I need to mannipulate to achieve my goal.

What my final goal is to measure the oscillating time period of the blunt body shock on the surface, due to its pressure fluctuation.

Is any body out there who has attempted these kind of CFD models before and know more than I do and one last thing; how do I postprocess the data to simulate this phenomena.

Thank you guys very much in advanced. I am hoping for some excellent answers from you experts.

 Axel Rohde October 27, 2001 16:20

Although I am not a Fluent user, your question did strike my interest. Can you be a bit more specific about your problem setup: Is the flow 2-D or 3-D? What is the free-stream Mach number? What is the size of your plate? How does the unsteadiness come in?

 reza pegah October 28, 2001 16:52

 david October 29, 2001 08:38

A) Have you checked even though ur residuals are not of expected level, still it may represent the right solution? B) for unsteady solution, animation of representative properties would be good to show

 Ali October 29, 2001 12:46

Hi Axel

The problem is 2D axisymmetric and the free stream Mach number is around 2. The fluid is ejected from a 1mm nozzle and the plate is infinately long. The flow is impinging on the slot. i.e this is same as the Hartmann-Springer affect. The shock wave on the surface oscillates due to pressure fluctuation on the surface. This phenomena is real and highly validated over the years, but I would like to model this in CFD any thought.

Thank you Ali

 Ali October 29, 2001 12:48

Hello David,

Have you tried to show any fluid property animation with your work. If so can you pass on some hint this way please.

Thank you

Ali

 Axel Rohde October 30, 2001 08:21

Ali,

Thanks for the description. I am not familiar with this setup, particularly the Hartmann-Springer effect. Do you have a web reference of some sort where I can read up on this? - Also, is this plate horizontal? If the free-stream flow is Mach 2, what is the velocity of the jet (or is the jet velocity at Mach 2)? At what angle does the jet impinge on the plate?

By the way, I publish a shareware program 'MicroTunnel' that deals with 2-D unsteady compressible aerodynamics. Here a link to a transonic flow over a prism (Mach 0.9) with alternating shock shedding,

www.microcfd.com/prism.htm

The program is still in its development stage. I am currently implementing a cut-cell interpolation algorithm for smoother flow over curved surfaces (airfoils). For rectangular geometries, such as horizontal/vertical plates it is well suited, although a 'jet' could only be added by modifying the source code.

Axel

 Ali October 30, 2001 10:40

Dear Axel

The jet Mach No. is 2 and the jet is directed perpendicular to the interaction surface. The jet is exausted in to ambient air. The CFD result indicates that pressure absolute rise downstream of the blunt body shock is as much as 4.5 bar/atmosphere.

As far as the Hartmann-Springer effect is conserned,there is very little information available to me, but there are few research institutes that are involed in this line of work. May be you may find some information at the webb sight below.

http://info.fysik.dtu.dk/struktur/morch.html

P.S. What was the time duration of your simulation cycle for the prism ?

Good luck, happy hunting

Ali

 Axel Rohde October 31, 2001 09:25

Ali,

Thank you for the link. I now understand the setup of your flow. Your stability problem may have to do with the fact that the surrounding air is stationary. My shareware MicroTunnel evolved from a code that was used to study transient supersonic jets exiting into a subsonic or supersonic free stream. I just started the old Jet program, and a free stream Mach number of M = 0 is not an option (M = 0.1 being the lowest). I will look into that when I get a chance.