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Old   March 25, 2006, 04:29
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I am doing transient analysis of a pressure vessel.During solve the residuals fluctuate after 20 iterations.And they are not converging .time step is 0.15 sec. I have given 100 time steps.I have included blockage in this is blockage is responsible for these fluctuations?or is these related to mesh problem.I have used k-e model.should i use another model.i do not think that model may be reason.can anybody have reason? Thanks in advance.

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Old   March 25, 2006, 10:34
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I have had the exact same effect when my (hexahedral) mesh had too may cells with bad aspect ratios, i e very long or flat cells. Improving mesh aspect ratios made the oscillations go away.

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Old   March 26, 2006, 18:05
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I'd check to make sure your time step is something less than the Courant limit i.e. the Courant number for each time step is less than 1. The time step will obviously depend on the mesh size and velocity of the flow.

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Old   March 27, 2006, 01:13
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k.thaks sir.I have refined my mesh.mesh has been imporved.but the problem has not fully solved,yet it has been solved partially.I have given 100 timesteps.In run upto 20 timesteps the residual nature is ok.but from 20 to t30 timesteps it is suddenly fluctruaing.agin from 30 to 90 timesteps it is ok.but between 90 to 100 it is again fluctuating .why this has been happened.Boundary conditons are at inlet velocity varying expression (Velo varies sinusodially) and outlet pressure (constatn) wit hopening condition (with specified loss co effcient).can anybody tell me why this has been happened? Thaks all
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Old   October 11, 2011, 10:45
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hi all,

i am doing analysis of a furnace in fluent 6.3(geometry modeled in gambit 2.24). i have made structured mesh in most of the volume except at the corners of the mould.

initially when the hot gases' velocity were low it was converging, but i was not getting required temperature inside mould. hence i increased the flow rate without changing the model.

But now except energy, all other residuals i.e continuity, k, x, y, z velocity and epsilon are fluctuating. following are the specs:
1. unsteady flow.
2. turbulent k-epsilon and RNG model
3. time step = 1

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