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Old   August 18, 2010, 02:43
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Hi all,

Is it possible to make the top of a stirred tank become a free surface such as in the real life mixing condition where on top of the mixing fluid is air?Is it possible to achieve that by setting velocity gradient or pressure gradient of the top to 0?Or can i patch a air region to the top of the tank (without VOF model)?Or reconstruct the geometry with 1 region of fluid(air) above the fluid(mixing fluid) would do?

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Hi, boh_tea,
if you arrive at that goal, you get some like VOF.
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Hi xrs333,

does that mean that in order to do that ,I have to use VOF model?
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yes, you have to use models that can track phase interface, and among several models of this category only VOF is integrated in Fluent .
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Is making a volume above the stationary fluid volume in gambit which use to define with air will give similar result besides of using vof?Is this workable?

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Are you sure that the shape of the free surface is unfluctuating, or calm. If so it is, you may cautiously use wall boundary condition with zero shear stress to model the free surface.
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No,the top surface should be in parabolic shape according to what my lecturer told me.What I mean is that constructing one more volume above the stirred tank,as i am using MRF approach,so it is above the stationary fluid region.

For setting the wall to zero shear stress,is it done by changing the wall condition from no slip to shear condition while its pressure is set to 0?
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Any idea how to set the top wall into free slip condition?Is there a way to do so?
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