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Old   January 30, 2020, 17:32
Default How to continute a CFX transient run without losing previous time steps result file?
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When I run a transient project, I find it's not yet where I want it to be. So I decided to let it run a few more time steps. However, when it's finished, all the previous time steps disappeared, CFD-Post only shows time steps from the most recent run. How can I keep all the time steps in result even if I run it continuously multiple times?
For instance, I run 100 time steps then I decide to run 25 more, but after it's finished CFD-Post will only have time steps 100-125, time step 0-100 will be gone, even the result files are automatically deleted from the folder. It seems to be the case with all transient analysis, is there a way to keep all previous time steps and have all 0-125 time steps in CFD-post?
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Yes, that is what CFX does when you continue a transient simulation.

Your post processing has to handle the transient data being spread across 2 or more results files. If you are generating an animation I recommend only saving the image frames (not the animation) so you can generate the image frames for each results file, combine them together and use an external package to generate the animation.
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Yes, that is what CFX does when you continue a transient simulation.

Your post processing has to handle the transient data being spread across 2 or more results files. If you are generating an animation I recommend only saving the image frames (not the animation) so you can generate the image frames for each results file, combine them together and use an external package to generate the animation.
I notice you can manually add time step in CFD-post, so if the software keeps the result files from previous time steps, it won't be a problem. But the problem is, it will delete the previou timesteps result files, is there a way to prevent the sofeware from deleting them?
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Do you perform your runs through Workbench? Or in CFX standalone, outside Workbench?
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Do you perform your runs through Workbench? Or in CFX standalone, outside Workbench?
On workbench.
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If you want to keep it, you need to duplicate your simulation set and continue from there. If you don't do that, Workbench will overwrite the old results. It assumes that you didn't like the old ones.

Alternatively, use CFX outside Workbench, using the CFX-launcher. Then your old results are kept (by Windows) when you continue from an old result. Experienced user do that all the time. I only use Workbench for the mesher. After that I quit asap. Brings me in full control over the files and what to keep or not.

Drawback can be that your computer fills up, if you don't clean up yourself. Or buy a larger HD.
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