# Flow 3D for beginners

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 August 28, 2009, 11:56 Flow 3D for beginners #1 New Member   Jim Join Date: Aug 2009 Posts: 2 Rep Power: 0 Sponsored Links Hi, I am a recently graduated mechanical engineer and I'm use to FEM software like SolidWorks to make static study on parts. I'm now on a new project that consist of the design of a new type of hull. I create the hull in SolidWorks and export it in .stl. I would like to import it in flow 3d to simulate the water flow, see the wave created and calculate de drag coefficient or drag force. I am a total beginner on that software so can somebody give me some advice, some tips and procedure on that kind of study. Thks

 September 1, 2009, 10:42 #2 Member   Stefano Join Date: Mar 2009 Posts: 59 Rep Power: 10 it will not be so difficult. The basic guidelines can be: you will need the GMO model active, and the turbulence too. In the "meshing and geometry" tab, once loaded the .stl, you have to define it as a moving body, with its mass and CG center. Probably you'll have to use a multi-block mesh, nested eachother, with the inner one quite fine (cell = 1-2% of the length of the hull) and the outside one large. Finally just give the motion to the water, with the speed that you want.

 September 1, 2009, 11:59 #3 New Member   Jim Join Date: Aug 2009 Posts: 2 Rep Power: 0 Thks for you information but there is still a lot of things I don't understand. 1) Moving and deforming obects menu --> What is the difference between implicit and explicit? 2) Viscosity and turbulence menu --> What are the settings of my study? 3) How can I generate wave and see the effect on the hull? 4) I'm not sure to understand your meshing advice (large for outer side fine for inner side). 5) How can I generate a model with a water region and an air region? Thks for all your advices. I did a lot of FEM study on parts before but it is my first CFD project.

 September 2, 2009, 08:18 #4 Member   Stefano Join Date: Mar 2009 Posts: 59 Rep Power: 10 1. for hull simulations, choose the implicit method. (the explicit is unstable) 2. turbulence RNG 3. I suggest to start with a steady (no wave) simulation. When all is perfect you can change the inlet boundary condition with a wave boundary condition. 4. for example use 3 mesh blocks, one inside the other, centered on the hull: the external mesh block with a large cell, the most inner mesh block with a small cell size. 5. in the 'Initial' tab, set the fluid height as the z-coordinate of your water line. You don't need to define the air, the nice thing of FLOW-3D is that you can completely ignore the air.

 September 23, 2009, 20:11 #5 New Member   Anindya Sengupta Join Date: Apr 2009 Posts: 2 Rep Power: 0 I am not sure how you are running a CFD analysis without knowing some of the fundamental and basic stuff. You should first study cfd (there are lots of good books) and then start with the simulation.

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