natural convection equations in nondimensional form
Hi guys
I am trying to simulate a natural convection flow inside a triangular..... by fluent. How i can solve natural convection equations in nondimensional form? How i can estimate modified material properties based only on two input parameters Pr and Ra? 
natural convection equations in nondimensional form
1. in fluent you can not solve nondimensional, everything is dimensional .
2. regarding the pr and ra, you cant give direct input, as your know http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...87fc9a41a4.png it depends on viscosity, and specific heat.http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...96a1ecdaef.png depends on volumetric coefficeint, viscosity, length of the cavity, and temperature difference,you have to entre these properties in materials section and intialize, set the boundary conditions and u can see the prandtl number in contour>contour of properties>molecular prandtl number. 
You can solve in non dimensional form in Fluent. Go to units and set every properties you encounter in your problem as non dimensional (user specified). From non dimensional equations, plug in values for coefficient of viscosity and thermal diffusivity, in your case its 1 and 1/Pr.(for forced convection problems its 1/Re). Develop a UDF for the source terms.

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What I mean to say is compare the dimensional and non dimensional equations and in place of coefficient of viscosity and thermal conductivity in Fluent put the resp. coefficients 1 and 1/Pr. It is possible to solve in non dimensional form in Fluent.

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i have used fluent 6.3.26 you can not change to nondimensional form in this version their is no option available, the available options are british, si and cgs. i think they might have included non dimensional form from ansys fluent 12.1, which version are you using.

Select new and add a name say non dimen to it. You have to make all the properties as non dimensional like Length, mass, time, velocity, acceleration, temperature, viscosity, thermal conductivity,..................
Also need to specify the limits of the properties like temperature between 0 to 1. 
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