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 Musa February 28, 2012 21:32

Reverse Flow

Hi I am simulating a gas-solid fluidized bed and I am receiving a message " reverse flow on x faces at pressure outlet y. My boundary conditions are velocity inlet and pressure outlet.

 tichaona February 29, 2012 02:29

reversed flow

I have had the same message from my simulation. You can take it out by replacing your pressure outlet boundary with outflow boundary if you want to. Also reversed flow may be actually ocurring in your real problem. How many cells have the reversed flow? If the number is small when compared to total number of cells, then it does not matter much. Is the reversed flow message appearing throghout your calculations or is it just appearing initially and then disappears. If it disappears then its ok.

 Zigainer February 29, 2012 02:35

I get reverse flow quite often with pressure outlet, but if the reverse flow dissapears ... so thats fine
Otherwise start with first order and lower under-relaxation factors for a couple of iterations and than change the relaxation factors and switch to 2nd order.

 Musa February 29, 2012 06:17

Tichaona and Zigainer thank you for your suggestions. I will try them out

 delaneyluke February 29, 2012 07:51

Another suggestion might be to extend your outlet to a location when there is no recirculation.

Regards
Luke

 Musa February 29, 2012 08:13

Delaneyluke what exactly do you mean by extending the outlet?

 delaneyluke February 29, 2012 08:17

Extend the mesh/domain at the outlet and your outlet BC will shift to the extended outlet. This is done because it is generally unadvisable to have your outlet at a location where there is recirculating flow. But again this is done on a case-to-case basis. It depends on whether the location of recirculation at your outlet is a region of interest to your analysis. If it is not then you can ignore the reverse flow warning.
Regards
Luke

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