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sri31049 July 9, 2009 12:38

grid dependency
hi all

any one can please help me in my problem.

i am doing the simulation of flow past circular cylinder at Re = 100. i have done the grid independence study and compared the flow parameter values such as drag, strouhal number and rms lift. Those are comparable for all grid resolutions.
Now i kept some sensors along the wake center line in the flow domain for sensing the cross stream velocity at that sensor points. Based on that i calculate variance and plot it. surprisingly those plots are not similar in both pattern and values.

Here i have a doubt, even tough i kept the sensors at same points for all the grids and performed the grid independence study, why i am getting different variance values (means cross stream velocity values) for different grids.

what i thought about grid independence study is that flow variables, wake behavior and flow patterns are same for all the grid resolutions. is it false?

anyone can please help me in this problem. Thanks in advance

wadebogs July 26, 2009 16:55

As your grid gets finer, if the solution is steady, your variables should stop changing at some point and you can say that the solution is no longer changing with the grid density and use that grid for calculations.

However, if you have an unsteady case then you will need to look at time-averaged quantities such as pressure etc. Re=100 cylinder will give you vortex shedding and as such means that solution varies with time. You have to model this "unsteady" or time-dependent and time average your post-processing. If you don't do this you will certainly see different values for your monitors.

Type "re=100 cylinder" into google and see the movies which come up on youtube. That will given you an idea of what is going on! ;)

nvtrieu March 3, 2010 02:47

Hello everyone,

I'm doing simulation on circular cylinder too. For result analysing and in oder to compare with previous studies, I want to determine the Strouhal number (which defined as St=f*d/u, where d: referent length, u: velocity and f: frequency of vortex shedding). But I still confuse with the "f" parameter, how can we determine the value of "f" ?
Is there any one can tell me how to estimate the Strouhal number?
Thanks alot! :)

sri31049 March 3, 2010 08:12

We need to calculate the frequency from the lift history. First you choose some no of cycles and find out the total time for all the cycles from that you can directly determine the frequency as no of cycles/total time. good luck:)

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