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Old   August 10, 2004, 23:21
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Hi,

What does the "outflow" boundary mean in Fluent? Does it mean the flow is fully developed, dU/dx=0? In transient simulations, is it the same as: du/dt+U(du/dx)=0? Can anybody help?

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Old   August 11, 2004, 14:02
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Hi yes ,this is true. when you havnt any information about outlet flow (its pressure,...)you can use this BC. but your flow shuld be fully devloped. if your flow isnt fully devloped(or when you have recirculation) and you used outflow BC results dont converge. hope,it help you . best regards, Amir
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Old   August 11, 2004, 17:50
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Amir,

Is it the same as "convective boundary condition"? I am simulating flow over a blunt body. If I defined the computational domain long enough behind the body, can I use this BC?

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Old   August 12, 2004, 03:43
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Hi outflow BC is used for imcompressible flow. pressure far-feild BC is usually used for external flow around any body(infinity condition. (like airfoil). pressureoutlet BC is used when you know outlet statice pressure, and when secondary flow appears in outlet. if it isnt enough please more explaine about your problem. hope help you, Amir
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Old   August 12, 2004, 12:35
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Amir and Zhihua, I have a similar problem. You guys might be able to help. I have a geometry which is essentially a box with inlet and outlet. The BC at the inlet is specified as the velocity inlet. However, at the outlet, I want to specify a pressure outlet. The gauge pressure inside the box is positive (i.e. 50Pa ) to the atmosphere. My question is how and what do I specify as the outlet boundary condition. Do I specify the operating pressure as 101KPa and then the Gauge pressure on the outlet pressure boundary as 50Pa? Your advice will be much appreciated as I am unsure of the Fluent terminolgy here. Regards, Nish
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Old   August 12, 2004, 14:20
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Nish,

I think your way of doing it (specify operating pressure = 101 KPa, and gauge pressure 50 Pa at outlet) is correct. It is stated in Fluent manual that the gauge pressure is a value relative to the operating pressure.

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Old   August 12, 2004, 15:52
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Amir,

In Fluent, the pressure far field BC is used for compressible flow. Now I am comparing my results from "outflow B.C." and "pressure outlet B.C.". They seem to give me similar global drag coefficient. I am gonna do more comparison on local velocity and drag. Thank you very much for your advice.

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Old   August 16, 2004, 15:56
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Results: For flow across a circular cylinder, the outlet boundary is 30D away from the cylinder center. My simulated drag and heat transfer rate are exactly the same for both boundary conditions.
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Old   August 17, 2004, 10:25
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Thanks Zhihua, It seems to work fine. Regards, Nish
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