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nav January 16, 2012 03:37

Two different methods for modeling a rotatory system
 
There are two possible methods for modeling a rotatory system (such as a water turbine),

1) using a moving mesh

2) fixing the blades, and rotating the housing employing an angular velocity boundary condition. (fixed grid)

It is clear that the second approach is much easier to implement. I wonder to know their differences? Do they both result in similar results?

Thank you very much,

Docfreezzzz January 18, 2012 12:33

Actually, if you are modelling an internal flow, you need both. You need to rotate the whole mesh (the rotor turning) and then apply a reverse rotation to the boundary (since the wall should be static). Otherwise the system will look static from the fluids point of view.


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