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May 24, 2002, 10:48 
Convective boundary condition

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Dear all...
I'm try to introduce convective BC, d(Phi)/dt + Uc*d(Phi)/dX = 0.0, in to my 3Dtransient code. My code based on SIMPLE with staggered grid arrangement. The problem is : solution is not converge when Convective BC is used. The simulation starts with stagnant fluid at t=0. But ths code works well for the same problem when zero gradient, d(Phi)/DX = 0.0, is applied. Any idea or suggestion is very please to me. Thank you very much 

May 24, 2002, 23:17 
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The time discretization of your CBC may be a factor. Explict marching may require very small Dt. Try to use implicit one.


May 25, 2002, 11:50 
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use the stability crieteria to determine the largest permissible Dt and run the code for Dt smaller than this


May 28, 2002, 06:45 
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Thank you for your response.
Actually, in my code, implicit time discretization is used. I try to follow your suggestion by reduce Dt to very small value compare to flow time scale but it still not converge. The residual oscilates over some value. At this point, I wonder that Am I discretize CBC correct ? d(Phi)/dt + Uc*d(u)/dx = 0 Phi(i,n) = Phi(i,n1) + Uc*dt/dx*(u(i,n)  u(i1,n)) where i represents spatial index and n represents time index. Suggestion is very please to me. Thank you... 

May 28, 2002, 08:43 
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d(Phi)/dt + Uc*d(u)/dx = 0 Phi(i,n) = Phi(i,n1) + Uc*dt/dx*(u(i,n)  u(i1,n)) It seems correct, but problems may arise from wrong artificial boundary conditions. Remember: in 3D subsonic flows, at inlet 4 boundary conditions and only an artificial one (total 5), at exit 4 artificial boundary conditions and only a physichal one (total 5). At wall, 4 physical boundary conditions and only an artificial one (total 5). I have no experience in convective boundary conditions, so my questions may sound silly: what is Phi? What are Uc and u? CBD seem a scalar equation, so it means that you have 1 new boundary condition (i don't know if it is at wall or at inlet or exit plane): what of the other boundary conditions (i mean no slip condition, adiabatic wall, and so on)? Be sure your system is well posed, that is that physical and artificial boundary conditions are compatible. Hope it helps,
Nicola 

May 29, 2002, 08:47 
Re: Convective boundary condition

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It's not completely clear to me what you mean for *lack of convergence*: I assume no convergence within a timestep.
I noticed that you discretize: d(Phi)/dt + Uc*d(u)/dx = 0 as: Phi(i,n) = Phi(i,n1) + Uc*dt/dx*(u(i,n)  u(i1,n)) Although we use semiimplicit discretization in our FV codes (i.e. implicit diffusion and explicit convection), we found that it is important to use the following discretization: Phi(i,n)= Phi(i,n1)+Uc*dt/dx*(u(i,n1)  u(i1,n1)) which is implemented as a standard Dirichlet BC. In fact it's easy to show that using a velocity field, in the representation of du/dx, that is divergencefree (i.e. that obtained at the previous timestep), you are guaranteed that your mass is globally conserved, and this prevents divergence. Good luck 

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