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January 4, 2005, 19:07 
The original VOF code Onno de

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The original VOF code Onno developed based on the initial work of me and Hrvoje ended up being very complicated indeed because the highorder schemes he was developing including CICSAM have a tendency to generate unboundedness in the solution. Onno added layer after layer of postfix code to try to sort this out. However, the basic principle is as you have described.


January 7, 2005, 11:41 
The adapative solver is also

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The adapative solver is also my interest. I know the commercial code FLUENT has a excellent implementation for the adaptive feature which can provide boundary, gradient and isovalue adaptions. I want to know if the OpenFOAM provide such features. For example, can the computational domain with triangular or tetrahedral grids be refined whithin the region contained shocks? From Jasak's thesis, I find that after refinement the vertexes of the new refined element locate on the centers of the faces of the corresponding coarser mesh. Can this be avoided if using triangular or tetrahedral grids? That is to say, after refinement, no vertex of a element is the center of the face of another cell. If the answer is yes, I want to take FOAM as my research tool.
Can anybody understand me? . Please give me some detail instruction of the adaptive solver provided by FOAM. Your help will be great for me. 

January 7, 2005, 12:03 
> Can this be avoided if usin

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> Can this be avoided if using triangular or tetrahedral grids?
The refinement methods that have been implemented in Foam all are based on splitting of hexes. This introduces these 'hanging vertices' which are actually no problem numerically. No work has been done on refining tetrahedra as far as I know but it should not be too hard to implement using the topology change mechanism. How would you like to refine tetrahedra?  naive decomposition of tet into 4 subtets? This will make the tets worse aspect ratio every iteration.  some kind of redgreen type refinement (sorry, don't know the theory in 3D, only 2D) What does Fluent do? Do they remesh (since they have a delaunay mesher)? Do you want to use an external tet mesher with steerable mesh density? (e.g. tetgen) Mattijs 

January 11, 2005, 03:00 
Thank your for your message,

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Thank your for your message, Mattijs. I want to use adaptive mesh for my simulation of timedependent interfaceflow. I want to timely change the mesh density in the region containing the interface between two fluids in order to precisely capture the position and shape of the interface. I hope that the FOAM has implemented the similar feature.


January 11, 2005, 09:19 
Hi,Jasak or someone else, can

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Hi,Jasak or someone else, can you give me a detail description for the implementation of a new timedependent solver using the adaptive meshing(similar to the example given in jasak's thesis)?
int main() { //error estimate? //markers setting? //remesh? //mapping solution? ...... } I fail to solve my problem with the FLUENT code. I came to know OpenFOAM a few day ago and I want to know if this new and novel code can meet my need. Who can help me? It is somewhat urgent and your help will be great for me. Thank you in advance! 

January 11, 2005, 10:37 
Hi Luke,
are you sure you w

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Hi Luke,
are you sure you want to do this fully dynamic? This will be quite difficult, especially with a sensitive algorithm like interface tracking. If it can be done nondynamic:  write a simple application to do an error estimate (either using Hrvoje's error estimation methods or just do some gradient of a field) and collect a 'cellset' from the cells you want to refine  run the refineMesh dict utility to refine all the cells in the cellSet  run mapFields (see the User Guide) to map the solution from the old to the new mesh. I have a sample application to write a cellSet based on field values. Mattijs 

January 11, 2005, 22:00 
Dear Mattijs, what your "non

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Dear Mattijs, what your "nondynamics" means? If I condider a tmedependent flow,you mean that I should obtain a coarse solution first? Then I do an error estimate on the old solution and collect the cells that should refine and run the refineMesh....... Finaly, I should run the main solver once more to compute on the new mesh? Do you mean that? It seems that this will save time and decrease the numerical error compared to do a refinement work each time step.
Is it difficult if I do this fully dynamic? Why? 

January 12, 2005, 02:17 
I find the sovler in the foll

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I find the sovler in the following directory:
"/home/user0/OpenFOAM/adou1.0/run /tutorials/lesInterFoam/nozzleFlow2D" There are two dicts named refineMeshDict and cellSetDict. Can anybody tell me how to run this simulation step by step (in particular I want to know when the utility 'refineMesh' should be run)?It seems that this example contains the "refine" feature. 

January 12, 2005, 04:34 
All the tutorial application

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All the tutorial application subdirectories (e.g. tutorials/icoFoam) contain scripts called Allrun and Allclean.
Allrun executes commands to run the cases step by step. Simply look at the contents of the script to see what it does. Allclean resets the cases, i.e. returns it to its original form in the OpenFOAM release by deleting generated field data etc. The tutorial directory itself (tutorials) contains both an Allrun and Allclean script that execute in sequence ALL the Allrun and Allclean scripts, respectively, in the subdirectories for each application. So executing the tutorials/Allrun script will run ALL the tutorial cases supplied with OpenFOAM. 

January 13, 2005, 05:05 
Hi Luke,
about doing fully

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Hi Luke,
about doing fully dynamic mesh adaptation: yes that is still quite difficult. The alternative way of stopping and refining and mapping and restarting is indeed not perfect but at least already in OpenFOAM1.0.2. (sample dictionaries, e.g. for refineMesh are usually found in the source directory of the application (so $FOAM_UTILITIES/mesh/manipulation/refineMesh)  we haven't had time to include all these into the FoamX configuration so these applications cannot be used from FoamX) Mattijs 

May 31, 2007, 09:05 
Hi Mattijs,
So you have a

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Hi Mattijs,
So you have a sample application to write a cellSet based on field values (like gradients of velocity...). Could you please share that sample, I would like to play some with the mesh refinement. Are there any improvement in the new OF version 1.4, such that unsteady (dynamic) mesh refinement will be possible? Regards, Frank
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June 13, 2007, 04:12 
Hi all,
Does anyone know ho

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Hi all,
Does anyone know how to use adaptive meshing (either dynamic or using cellsets) with interFoam? If so I would appreciate if you could provide some pointers. Thanks! 

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