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Old   August 28, 2011, 06:39
Default Natural convection in an infinite vertical cavity
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I need to simulate natural convection flow between two differentially heated, infinite vertical walls. The problem is two-dimentional, Rayleigh number is 1.01E+5.
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The simulation file (created in CCM+ 4.04) can be downloaded from http://www.sendspace.com/file/bwkssb
Analitical solution is stated in Benjamin Gebhart - Buoyancy-Induced Flows And Transport. Look at temperature and velocity plots
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Reference density is located on the left side in the middle between top and bottom sides. It's calculated according to ideal gas law.
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I wonder if it's correct to model infinite walls applying outlet pressure boundary conditions on the top and bottom sides. Is in OK? The point is that I can't make in converged (the residuals are:
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Old   August 29, 2011, 02:21
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buoyant flow is naturally quite unstable and you might never achieve a steady solution. You need to set some monitoring points and dump some scenes to see what is changing every few iterations. Then try the unsteady solver with a reasonable dt - start with .01s maybe.
Also depending on you density range, you probably don't need ideal gas - try gravity + Boussinesq
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buoyant flow is naturally quite unstable and you might never achieve a steady solution.
I tried increasing dynamic viscosity tenfold (resulting in decreasing Rayleigh Number (Ra) to 1E+04) and solution was achieved.
Velocity vector scene
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Velocity plot
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Temperature plot
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Values are distributed relative to the center axis symmetrically so that they correspond with analytical solution. Bringing Ra back to 1E+5 results in solution to diverge.

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Also depending on you density range, you probably don't need ideal gas - try gravity + Boussinesq
I know little about this model, what is it for?

Why "Reference Altitude" don't seem to affect the results?
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there is a similar problem in fluent tutorial, about natural convection. there is something that i didn't understand. the amount of Rayleigh number is 5e05. then it is suggested that due to this Rayleigh number, put 6.94e05 for gravity.
hoe is it possible?
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