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Old   October 12, 2009, 08:03
Default cavitating calculations on a pressure control valve
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hi guys

right know im writing my diploma thesis and for that i make a benchmark between cfx and openfoam. my current subject is a pressure control valve with different lifts and pressure difference. i specified most of it in a nother thread: and . After laminar calculations in both codes i had large differences in my results so i made turbulent simulations for cases with high re-numbers. In the postprocessing appeard negative pressures so i decided to start a twophase calculation. So my problem is the even after more than 1000 iterations in steadystate the force on my moving body dont converge and i have a high imbalance between my massflow on the in- and outlet. what kind of specification would be appropriate in this case or in a transient case. Im fairly new in cfd and after all my other cases in cfx ran without big problems i dont have too much insight in cfx could there be something i just forgotten. Maybe someone have some clues for me or faced something similar.

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Old   October 12, 2009, 18:20
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Cavitation modelling is not an easy topic. Are you sure you need it? It makes things more complicated by orders of magnitude. As it appears you are a beginner then I strongly suggest you get the single phase simulations working reliably before even considering multiphase stuff.

I have done plenty of simulations of valves with mild cavitation were a single phase simulation was close enough to get the device performance. If the cavitation region is small then it can be ignored.
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