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Old   January 30, 2013, 08:31
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Hi,
I need to simulate natural convection in square cavity (bottom wall heated) without using Boussinesq approximation. I need to take the density changes into account with non-Boussinesq approximation. Can I solve this with an incompressible solver with treating density as constant? I need help about the formulation and way of solving.

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Old   January 30, 2013, 09:15
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Hi,
I need to simulate natural convection in square cavity (bottom wall heated) without using Boussinesq approximation. I need to take the density changes into account with non-Boussinesq approximation. Can I solve this with an incompressible solver with treating density as constant? I need help about the formulation and way of solving.

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if you are outside the hypothesis of linearity (small variation of temperature) required by Bousinnesq model, you must use the full compressible model
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Old   February 5, 2013, 09:04
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Thank you for replying. I need to develop a pressure based solver without boussinesq approximation. Is it possible to work on incompressible flows without treating density as constant.
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If the density can vary, then the flow by definition is not incompressible. however, you can develop segregated solvers for variable density flows. One example of such a solver can be found in a JCP paper by Hou and Mahesh. If you put their names into google scholar, the second or third entry will point you to a pdf version of that paper.
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Thankyou for replying.
I was referring to the following ASME J.heat transfer paper where they say the flow is incompressible with non boussinesq approximation in a differentially heated cavity. I have mentioned the details of the paper below.

A Numerical Simulation of Combined Radiation and Natural Convection in a Differential Heated Cubic Cavity
P. Kumar and V. Eswaran
J. Heat Transfer,2010,Volume 132,Issue 2,
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If the density can vary, then the flow by definition is not incompressible.
But doesn't "incompressible" just mean that the density is not a function of pressure? Isn't constant density just an additional simplification? I would think that an (idealized) incompressible fluid could still have the density a function of temperature or concentration. Isn't bouyancy just the result of density differences?
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But doesn't "incompressible" just mean that the density is not a function of pressure? Isn't constant density just an additional simplification? I would think that an (idealized) incompressible fluid could still have the density a function of temperature or concentration. Isn't bouyancy just the result of density differences?
we should define the incompressible by "partial P/partial rho", in natural convecion problem, the density varies, but it is still a incompressible flow.
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