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Old   April 8, 2011, 04:18
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Hi guys
I am trying to simulate a natural convection flow inside a triangular..... by fluent. How i can solve natural convection equations in non-dimensional form? How i can estimate modified material properties based only on two input parameters Pr and Ra?
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Old   April 25, 2012, 22:21
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1. in fluent you can not solve non-dimensional, everything is dimensional .

2. regarding the pr and ra, you cant give direct input, as your know
it depends on viscosity, and specific heat. depends on volumetric co-efficeint, 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.
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Old   April 27, 2012, 01:50
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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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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.
This is merely an equation without units, it is not a non-dimensional equation. If the equations are non-dimensional, you would never need to know the dimensional quantities (visocisty, diffusivity).
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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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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.
That still isn't non-dimensional form or non-dimensional equations. They're definitely dimensional, you just took away the units.
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Old   April 27, 2012, 02:48
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i have used fluent 6.3.26 you can not change to non-dimensional 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.
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Old   April 29, 2012, 21:06
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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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