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Old   January 17, 2014, 13:03
Default Can icoFoam handle turbulent flow or not?
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Dear foamers,

I know this may be a silly question and many people have asked similar questions, but I still want to make it clear whether icoFoam is able for turbulent flow or not?

In terms of DNS, both laminar and turbulent flow solve the same equation. Given that I have very fine mesh and reasonable Reynolds number, will I get turbulent flow or not?

Hope anyone can give me some hints.

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So if your mesh is fine enough for DNS, and you say at that level the governing equations for laminar flow apply to turbulent flow, and icoFoam is valid for laminar flow - what reason can you think of that icoFoam would not be valid for turbulent flow simulations?
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Hi Anton,

Thank you very much for the reply.

I was just wondering whether my understanding is right or not. Since normally people say icoFoam is for laminar flow, I am not sure if it is worth trying to get turbulent flow using icoFoam.

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Greetings to all!

There shouldn't be much doubts about it, because it's in the description of the solver: http://www.openfoam.org/features/standard-solvers.php and https://github.com/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM...Foam/icoFoam.C
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Hi Anton,

Thank you very much for the reply.

I was just wondering whether my understanding is right or not. Since normally people say icoFoam is for laminar flow, I am not sure if it is worth trying to get turbulent flow using icoFoam.

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Thats because for most applications DNS is prohibitively expensive. To get around this users use RANS or LES which solve additional equations, and those are indeed not implemented in icoFoam.
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