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sakalido August 31, 2012 09:46

error with isolated volumes in free surface flow
Hi all,

I am simulating free surface flow in CFX. and I am getting an error message related to isolated volumes and it says:
"If the isolated regions do not have the pressure level set either by the boundary conditions or using a reference pressure equation, you may encounter severe robustness problem. This situation may have arisen because a domain interface was not properly defined during problem set up".

1. I think my initial pressure and initial volume fractions are correct, since I did a very similar simulation before and there was no problems.

2. again I think I am setting my pressure boundaries correctly. A tank is discharging water to a domain. So I have all "wall" and "opening" boundary conditions. "opening" boundary conditions have static pressure (Entrain.) of 0 Pa. and VFair=1 and VFwater=0 in the boundary. It is similar to what I did previously in other simulations.

3. I checked the isolated volume in cfdpost and it's a tank in my geometry which has an opening to the rest of the geometry. when I close this opening I get the "isolated volume" error message and the run stops and creates a *.res file that I can check in cfdpost and when I open this opening, the run doesn't create any *.res file and stops with this error message:
"Error detected by routine PEEKI. CDNAM=/IPHASE, CRESLT=NONE, Current Directory:/FLOW/PHYSICS/ZN1. Stopped in routine MEMERR."
I don't think it is memory related, since I can still run the previous similar simulations with no problem.

4. I had also installed star-CCM+ just before starting this new simulation. I though the licenses may have conflict since they both use similar ports. So I stopped license reading for star-CCM+ as well. Therefore, the problem shouldn't relate to that. Also, again the previous simulations run with no problem. Another evidence that it is not license related.

5. I used a finer grid as well and I still have the same problem. So it's not grid quality.

6. Could it be physics of my problem still? Since it is free surface, my only concern would be initial pressure and volume fraction. But again it is very similar to what I did previously. So I cannot figure out what should be my next step.

Thank you in advance,

sakalido August 31, 2012 10:09

and btw, previously when I had set up wrong initial pressure, I was getting "overflow" error message. This "isolated volume" error message is new and I don't even know, it is really related to pressure setting and problem settings or something else?

ghorrocks September 1, 2012 07:30

The error message is clear - you simply have unconnected regions. There is an expert parameter you can use to turn this check off.

Conflicting license ports - you can set the port to be anything you like in flexlm, so just change it to another port. Note you have to change both the license manager server and client.

sakalido September 4, 2012 12:43

Thank you for the reply Glenn.

The problem is solved.
It was not related to isolated regions.
I had tried setting the expert parameter of "checking the isolated regions" to false but then I was getting "overflow".

As I was suspected the problem was with initial pressure. Free surface flow is very sensitive to the initial conditions.

I modified the initial pressure and it is working now. I have a complex geometry and I am setting initial pressure and volume fraction by using "step" functions. I had a mistake in defining the right height for static pressure.

Thank you for your help again.


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