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Old   September 1, 2016, 04:01
Default How to update dynamic mesh in steady state simulations
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Dear colleagues,

Earlier I worked with transient analysis and I know that in transient analysis, dynamic mesh is updated at the beginning of every time step.

I am now doing steady state analysis, and I want to update my dynamic mesh after every 25 iterations. Can someone tell me how to do it?

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Old   September 1, 2016, 06:48
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Could you able to run dynamic mesh with steady state? This has no meaning because of local time stepping. What problem are you solving?
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Old   September 1, 2016, 07:11
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Dear friend, thanks for answering.

I was wondering the same, is it possible, but I have found the following on the internet:

"You can use dynamic meshes for steady-state applications as well as for transient applications."

Source: https://www.sharcnet.ca/Software/Flu...ug/node447.htm

I was doing transient analysis of some analysis (in which force is acting on one surface and it needs to move), and I now want to do the same analysis but in the steady state conditions. I have also found, that when using dynamic mesh in steady state, you can use one option called "steady-pseudo-time-control", but I do not know how to properly use it.

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Pseudo transient is like unsteady. The iteration actually mean the time step. When solution is stopped all cells would be at same time level. This makes sense. But from the manual it appears mesh need to be updated after each steady state convergence manually. Also geometry trajectory need to be provided by user based on dtime=1s. This means you need to solve for steady state and compute the next position and update mesh. Again solve for steady state. There is noway mesh is updated like a transient solution.
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Thank you for your help mate. So if I understood you correctly, the solution algorithm should be like this.

1. Set up steady state analysis (without UDF for dynamic mesh) and wait for convergence...

2. Hook dynamic mesh (in which I will specify conditions for mesh to move) and wait for convergence again...

3. Then change parameters in my UDF for dynamic mesh, hook it again and wait for convergence again...

And then repeat this procedure until I get results that I want...

Is there any possibility to automate this procedure? With using journal files or something like that....

I need to say that in my UDF for dynamic mesh, I need to set that 50 000 N of force is acting on one surface. But I need to slowly raise that force from 0 N to 50 000 N in order to avoid instabilities in the main equation, which calculates nodes coordinates after certain amount of force is applied on the surface. In the transient analysis, it was not hard thing to do, because UDF for dynamic mesh is applied on the beginning of every new step and the procedure of slowly rising force from 0 to 50 000 N can be automated.

But if I need to manually change force in UDF every time when convergence is reached, I will need to do that for a really long period of time...
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Yes that is what I understood from manual. I am not sure whether to hook udf initially or at end of each convergence. This can be automated as batch process in command mode using journal file.
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Old   September 1, 2016, 15:27
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Thank you duri for all your replies. I am mechanical engineer, so I am not the most skilled with programming I need to ask you one more time.

You are absolutely sure that I can change my UDF for dynamic mesh after I get convergence with journal file? That includes the following steps:

1. Run steady state simulation
2. After convergence, hook UDF for dynamic mesh
3. Wait for convergence, then unload UDF for dynamic mesh, delete libudf folder from Fluent folder, change existing UDF for dynamic mesh that is in Fluent folder (that means to increase previous value of force), then again hook it with Ansys and activate dynamic mesh options
4. Then continue simulations and do it again after next convergence

If all these steps can be automated, I need to say that I have my answer and that I wasted a lot of my time so far....
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Old   September 2, 2016, 04:39
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Old   September 2, 2016, 05:56
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Thank you duri for your help. I will try to write journal file and we will see how it will go...

All the best.

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Hello Prikane,
I am doing something similar as you have stated. Could you please tell me how you wrote your Journal file?
I have a steady state case with a UDF (that reads a csv file and adjusts the nodes) and then I need a Journal file to update the mesh and so on, on a repetitive basis.
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