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Old   January 19, 2006, 23:16
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Hello all. I searched "interior face" and read many discussions, but didn't find a solution to my issue:

I'm using Fluent (2ddp, axisymmetric) to model two fluid zones. Zone 1 is a field of liquid 1. Zone 2 is a smaller sphere of liquid 2, surrounded by liquid 1. I defined the face where these two zones/meshes meet as "interior". My hope was that when I applied axial velocity to fluid 1, it would "bump into" the face of zone 2 and move around that zone. But instead fluid 1 passes straight through that interior face. I confirmed by analyzing both velocity vectors and path lines.

How can I keep one fluid from crossing an interior face into another fluid? Thanks for any assistance. These forums are very helpful...
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Old   January 20, 2006, 00:14
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if you define it as interior the fluid will mix with the one on the other side. if you want ot prevent it from doing so define it as wall. i think you have not clearly stated the problem
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Old   January 20, 2006, 03:01
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If I declare the boundary a "wall", then I presume it will not allow species transport across that wall(?). The goal of my model is species transport from one fluid to the other.
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Old   January 20, 2006, 05:17
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understood now.

i am not sure what is the solution to this problem.
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Old   January 21, 2006, 05:13
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I think you can define species at the wall using boundary conditions if the species model is ON
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Old   January 22, 2006, 17:10
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I think I understand. Basically, declare the spheres as walls with a fixed mass fraction. Then the surrounding fluid would "pick up" mass fraction from these spherical walls since I allow Species Transport.

I just tried it, but the steady analysis would not iterate. It gave me an error "Error: Floating point error: invalid number". And another error "Error Object: ()". Not sure what any of that means.
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Old   January 22, 2006, 18:22
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Never mind my last note about error messages. I rebuild the model in Gambit and now it works splendidly. Thanks again for the advice. Sometimes it's the simple things that take the longest to realize...
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