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Old   July 26, 2018, 17:53
Question Rotating Squirrel Cage Fan
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Hello all.
I am relatively new to the CFX software. I was wondering I am attempting to run a simulation with a rotating fan.
I've tried simply putting the total fan geometry in a enclosure and setting it up a solid rotating domain in a fluid domain. No such luck.
I'm pretty green, please don't forget that. I am running it coupled with ansys 15.

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Old   July 26, 2018, 20:04
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It sounds like you are modelling the rotor as a solid domain. That is not correct. Please look at the CFX tutorial examples on rotating machinery as that will show you how to do it.
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Old   July 26, 2018, 20:44
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Thanks a ton. Any one of the tutorials do you suggest? I don't have access to the turbo interface, I don't think.

Would immersed solid be more appropriate? This isn't anything like I remember from COMSOL. Lol
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Any of the rotating machinery tutorials.

No, not immersed solids either You don't model the solid at all, with any method. Look at the tutorials.
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Haha! Alrighty that's what I'll do.
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Old   July 27, 2018, 15:58
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Alrighty, so I looked at a few of tutorials and took up the good fight once again!

Now, I have another issue: isolated fluid regions.

Here's the scenario:

I have placed my fan geometry inside a cylinder to outline it's rotational geometry, and placed that inside of a bigger cylinder !
I also cut 3/4 of it off for resource management. Alright, so, if the fan geometry is the crème in this oreo cookie, I have set up two frozen rotors for both of the chocolate cookies and the big encapsulating cylinder. Now, I am having issues with the crème to air interface. Any suggestions? I am using an opening boundary condition by the way. I have set the "fan" domain (fan geometry + fan blade span revolved) to rotate.

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As much as visualising oreo creme layers is useful an image would be better

The isolated fluid regions error means one or more of your interfaces are not connecting. You better check your interfaces.

Also post some images of what you are modelling and the output file.
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Thanks again for your help.

I am really unable to share any photos at this point. :/

I have tried simplifying it once again; created a cylindrical enclosure of my fan, and subtracted the fan while preserving the tool body.
Set up the fan as its own fluid domain and assigned wall boundary conditions to surfaces, and of course made the enclosure a fluid domain.

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