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CN May 12, 2005 09:38

Outlet boundary condition
Dear Fluent Users,

I've a question regarding the outlet boundary condition. Fluent Manual states that the Outlet BC is "appropriate where the exit flow is close to a fully developed condition".

If my inlet B.C. (e.g. inlet velocity) changes with time, i.e. unsteady, the outlet condition cannot be fully developed. Is there any BC at outlet which I can use?

Thanks a lot.

tucker May 12, 2005 14:14

Re: Outlet boundary condition
Why don't you use a pressure outlet BC?

CN May 12, 2005 16:41

Re: Outlet boundary condition

the conditions at the outlet (i.e. velocity and pressure) are dependent on the flow conditions in the interior, and this is best described by the outlet boundary condition, except that Fluent requires the flow at outlet to be fully developed.

If I were to pre-determine the outlet condition using the pressure outlet BC, the simulation would not be modelling the actual experimental conditions.

Any advice on how to go about doing this? Perhaps, would this problem be solved by other CFD software? I'm quite new to CFD.


Jason May 12, 2005 17:05

Re: Outlet boundary condition
What is it you are modeling? One of the possibilities would be to extend your computational domain... for example if you were modeling a tube the exits into a room, then you could create a large volume at the exit of your area of interest and then apply the constant (ambient) pressure to this area. At some point your experiment has to "dump" to a constant pressure, so figure out where that is and model it. Either that, or the flow loops back around (like a continuous flow wind tunnel). Either way, it seems like you're going to have to extend your domain and take the hit on the size of the mesh in order to properly model what it is you've got.

Hope this helps, and good luck, Jason

venugopal May 18, 2005 00:51

Re: Outlet boundary condition
You can use outflow boundary condition also. The important thing you have to follow is you have to extend your domain. so the the flow will not disturb the outlet conditions. Try to extend your computational domain at the exit.

Hope it will work.

VenuGopal. S

pratap behera May 22, 2005 02:03

Re: Outlet boundary condition
how to extend the computational domain....

pl help i am quite new with cfd

venugopal May 22, 2005 09:37

Re: Outlet boundary condition
can you explain me about your geometry.

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