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Old   June 1, 2014, 16:50
Default Modelling water heating in a constant volume tank
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-cylindrical water tank
-water heated by positive heat flux segments (each segment is defined by a time-dependent UDF)
-expect natural convection / buoyancy driven upward flow near walls
-2D axisymmetric

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-Boussinesq approx for variable density
-transient (unsteady) simulation
-pressure-based solver
-laminar flow model

-not getting good convergence (usually the continuity residual)
-velocities leaving the top and/or bottom boundaries:
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This seems like a simple case to simulate, but I've been struggling to get this to work for a while. I would appreciate any help with troubleshooting/debugging!

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Old   September 8, 2016, 18:09
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If you have solved the problem, can you tell me how? I have a similar water heating problem but it seems the water doesnt reach equilibrium temperature even after large number of timesteps
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buoyancy flow, fluent, leaking boundary, natural convection, variable density

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