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elyyan September 25, 2003 12:50

Natural Convection, Urgent
hi, this is the second message I post on the issue of natural convection, some of the guys gave me some good advices about the issue and what steps I should take, but it did not converge. my simulation again is a closed 3D single zone filled with gas and differentially heated, my Ra is 10^10 (which is obviously turbulent), I have tried to approach the application fllowing Fluent's manual by starting with Ra 10^7 and then increase it to 10^10, it did not work. I would like to know: 1. which trubulent model to use and should I activate full bouyance effects or not. 2. should I use boussinesque approximation or a temperature dependent function for the density, or just put the ideal gas assuption for the material, 3. what are the undeerrlaxation factors that I should use. thanks alot for your help elyyan

Martin September 29, 2003 04:36

Re: Natural Convection, Urgent

1. which turbulence model have you tried? 2. you can use boussinesque, but donīt forget to set thermal expansion coeff. under materials... 3. you can use the standard factors. it should work!

elyyan September 29, 2003 11:12

Re: Natural Convection, Urgent
I have used the k-epsilon RNG model, and chosed the full bouyancy option, 2. I am using a temperature dependent density for my application, 3. unfortunately the standard underrelaxation coefficient are not working well, I am trying to play with them, but the natural convection is sensitive for them. If you have any ideas, I would be glad to know them. Thanks Elyyan

Martin September 29, 2003 11:55

Re: Natural Convection, Urgent

i think it is a grid-problem... how fine is the grid at the walls? what wall function do you use ???

elyyan September 29, 2003 13:31

Re: Natural Convection, Urgent
I am using a standard wall function, in regard to the grid, my zone is just a closed box, and the grid is all hexa, i have used boundary layer mesh near the walls, i do not know do i need to make the mesh finer, or increase the boundary layer near the wall, if you have a good mesh scheme, I would appreciate it if you can provide me with it. Thanks Elyyan

Jin-Wook LEE September 29, 2003 22:06

Re: Natural Convection, Urgent
You shoud have enough grid near the heated(or cooled) wall. This is, I think, the most important for natural convection.

Boundary layer thickness of the natural convection in the cavity is order of Ra^(-1/4). As you may know, This boundary layer is 'physical boundary layer', not 'GAMBIT boundary layer'.

Let me have order analysis for the natural convection in the cavity with differentially heated vertical side walls. In this case, characteristic length is witdth between two heated walls(one is, in general, cooling wall), say it as W.

Your Ra is 10^10. So your boundary layer thickness is order of 10^(-2.5). That means, boundary layer thickness of the cavity is about 0.003W. In this narrow region, velocity changes very steeply. And the other region is, so called (nearly inviscid) core region. I think that AT LEAST 3 or 4 grid should be located in this narrow region. Then, grid size near the heated(or cooled) wall should be about 0.001W or smaller.

For, your reference, I have met many CFD analysists who are complaining the divergence or unreasonable results for natural convection, who had coarse grid near the wall. 'ALL' of them were successfule for the simulation by fine grid near the wall. I hope that your case is also belong to this category.

Sincerely, Jinwook

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