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Old   November 29, 2013, 12:02
Default two-phase flow - outlet BC for pressure
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Hi,
We are trying to simulate the flow of a jet of liquid falling inside a gaseous chamber and exiting at the bottom with interFoam. We can set up the simulation such that it runs, but as soon as the liquid reaches the bottom the simulation crashes.

We believe this is caused by the following issue: we have assigned a fixedValue 0 for the pressure at the outlet and zeroGradient for the velocity.

As long as there is no liquid at the outlet this is fine, but as soon as there is both liquid and gas at the outlet you will have a capillary pressure jump across the interface. This fact, combined with the boundary condition that forces the pressure at the boundary inside BOTH fluids to 0 will mess things up.

Does anyone have advice on the appropriate pressure boundary condition that will allow both liquid and gas to flow out?

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Hi Michiel,

Are you using VOF solvers for you two phase problem? In that case the BC of alpha can also play a role. You can try inletOutlet.

I would suggest you to use totalPressure for the pressure and pressureInletOutletVelocity for the velocity.
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Hi Leslie,
Thanks for the reply. Yes, I'm using VOF (interFoam).

I currently use 'advective' as the outflow boundary condition for alpha, which seems to do exactly what I want, namely just advect alpha along with the main flow.

I have tried the totalPressure condition for the pressure and it works somewhat (there is no crash), but it doesn't really make sense that much because totalPressure sets:
p=p_0+1/2 \rho |U|^2 so that would suggest that 1/2 \Delta \rho |U|^2 equals the capillary pressure jump across the interface which is typically not the case.

What is your take on that?
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