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Old   February 14, 2016, 15:55
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Hi, I 'm doing ANSYS fluent tutorial


While I'm following 'chap. 7 using a non-conformal mesh,' I have been confused because of hydrulic diameter. It is little bit different from the knowledge that I 've learned from 'Fluid Mechanics' class in undergraduate, i.e.,

By using that equation, I could get a hydraulic diameter of 1.3 in but, the tutorial says that it should be 5 in.
I thought that the material that flows the main duct is air so I can use that equation.

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Could you explain the reason why the hydraulic diameter of the tutorial is different from what I've calculated using the equation?
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The computational model makes use of symmetry and thus has additional boundaries. The height of the duct is still 5 inches which remains the characteristic length. The artificial symmetry boundary conditions that confine the computational domain do not change the flow at the domain inlet in the physical model.
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