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Old   June 20, 2012, 15:43
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Hello,

I am attempting to modify the wingMotion tutorial to make it 3D and also change the geometry of the wing.obj. I have been succesful in changing the obj file to what I want and using snappyhexmesh to "snap" that geometry into my blockMesh domain. However, when I run extrudemesh createpatch and simplefoam my object is no longer visible and the geometry becomes two dimensional. I do not know what solvers to run in this situation that will find solutions in 3D.

Any help/guidance is appreciated. I have attached my obj and blockMeshDict.
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Why do you run extrudeMesh if your case is supposed to be 3D?
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Old   June 21, 2012, 09:42
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I used extrudeMesh because thats what is used in the wingMotion tutorial I am trying to modify. I also tried skipping the wextrudemesh and create patch steps and running simplefoam but it crashes when create and extrude are not run before it. What kind of solvers/approach do you suggest I use in order to keep the simulation 3D?
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If you want your case to be a 3D one then you don't need to run neither extrudeMesh nor createPatch which, in fact, are command used to make a 1 element mesh along a chosen direction, giving you 2D results then.

Just skip those two commands.
You may want to have a look at a 3D case, such as the motorbike one for instance.

Also, you defined two faces of your domain (on your blockMeshDict) as empty, that's a special boundary condition used in 2D simulation so you may want to change that condition as well.

I would also suggest you to have a look at the user manual at page U-20 where a 2D mesh is generated for the lid driven flow.
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Thanks for your help lore,
I changed all the empty faces to walls and my mesh looks fine. When I try to run simpleFoam I get the following error message:
--> FOAM FATAL ERROR:
Cannot find file "points" in directory "polyMesh" in times 0 down to constant

From function Time::findInstance(const fileName&, const word&, const IOobject::readOption, const word&)
in file db/Time/findInstance.C at line 188.

FOAM exiting

I believe that the points file that it is looking for is supposed to be created by running extrudemesh. Should I try to find the points file somewhere else or is there a way to get simplefoam to run without that file?
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Did you run snappyHexMesh -overwrite or just snappyHexMesh?

If you run the latter, then you got with folders 0,1,2,3 and point should be within folder 3, meaning you have to chose that as the starting time for the simulation in your controlDict.
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Thanks again that was very helpful I was running snappyhexmesh overwrite. I was able to get simplefoam running after a few more minor changes.
Currently the wingMotion folder is divided into three subfolders; wingMotion_snappyHexMesh, wingMotion2D_simpleFoam and wingMotion2D_pimpleDyMFoam. I copied the 3 file from snappyhexmesh into the wingMotion2D_simplefoam folder and that allowed simplefoam to run. What should I do now? I want to get my object to move through the mesh due to the inlet velocity, I think I want to run pimpleDyMFoam, but I am getting the following error message:
Create time

Create mesh for time = 3

Selecting dynamicFvMesh dynamicMotionSolverFvMesh
Selecting motion solver: displacementLaplacian
Selecting motion diffusion: inverseDistance
--> FOAM Warning :
From function polyBoundaryMesh:atchSet(const wordReList&, const bool) const
in file meshes/polyMesh/polyBoundaryMesh/polyBoundaryMesh.C at line 573
Cannot find any patch names matching wing
Reading field p

Reading field U

Reading/calculating face flux field phi

Selecting incompressible transport model Newtonian
Selecting turbulence model type RASModel
Selecting RAS turbulence model kOmegaSST
kOmegaSSTCoeffs
{
alphaK1 0.85034;
alphaK2 1;
alphaOmega1 0.5;
alphaOmega2 0.85616;
gamma1 0.5532;
gamma2 0.4403;
beta1 0.075;
beta2 0.0828;
betaStar 0.09;
a1 0.31;
c1 10;
}

Reading field rAU if present

No field sources present


PIMPLE: no residual control data found. Calculations will employ 2 corrector loops


Starting time loop

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