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Old   June 30, 2010, 10:00
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Hi,

I have been using pimpleFoam lately and am very satisfied with its performance. Lately, however, when network issues caused my simulation to die I noticed that restarts are problematic. Perhaps someone can shed some light on this for me.

Specifically, I was running with a variable time steps and a maxCo of 0.9. The simulation was terminated (due to a network glitch not any fault of pimpleFoam) at t=0.03 with a maxCo of 0.8 and a time step of 0.002. When I restarted it from t=0.03, the maxCo went to 1.8 and the time step (logically) went down to 0.0004. Ok all good. But from there it basically never recovered. The maxCo hovers at 0.9 and the timestep is now order 1E-05. If I start from scratch (t=0), the simulation sails (accurately) through this time slice with a large time step an a reasonable maxCo. In other words, basically the restart di not work. Any clues?
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Did you find a solution? I am running a simulation using pimpleDyMFoam, after I kill it and restart the time step drops from 4e-4 to 7e-9.

Can some provide a solution and/or an explanation. I need to restart since I want to run LRR as turbulence model.
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Hi,

can you try a fixed timestep!?
And do you see a pressure jump?

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I tried a fixed time step, which resulted in a maximal courant number of 551 and the abrupt end of the run.
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In the first timestep?
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In the first time step after the restart, yes.

Could there be a problem with the DynamicMesh?
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There might be a problem with combination of PIMPLE and dynamic mesh!?
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Next time I restart, I will set the writeInterval to 1. Maybe pimpleDyMFoam rotates the mesh too far upon restart. Should be visible in Paraview.
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which version do you use?
There was a bug in 2.0.? or 2.1.? with AMI...
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I use 2.2.2. According to github there have been no changes to pimpleDyMFoam in the last couple of months.
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