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 September 28, 2007, 08:51 unsteady flows #1 kumarswamy Guest   Posts: n/a how to decide time step and no. of time steps for a problem

 September 28, 2007, 15:54 Re: unsteady flows #2 kb Guest   Posts: n/a At first try with smaller time step (e.g. 0.0001)if you see your solution converage try to increase it an order of magnitude but if see the solution not converage usually you must decrease it. The number of time steps depend in your experimental data you must know how much time you need from experiments in order your results reach steady state solution. Cheers kb

 September 28, 2007, 16:14 Re: unsteady flows #3 JWilliams Guest   Posts: n/a Determining your timestep depends on your system. One rule of thumb, is take the characteristic length scale (L) of your system (i.e. length scale of pipe, length scale from inlet to outlet etc.). Next is estimate an average velocity scale (V) of your fluid. Find the estimated residence time of your fluid by (L/V). If you multiply it by 1/3 you will come up with an estimated timestep. Try this, if it converges in a timely manner you are good to go, if it does not converge, start reducing its value. If it converges but takes forever, start increasing its value. For a natural convection problem you can estimate the timestep by SQRT(L/(g Beta DT)) where: L = characteristic length scale g = gravity Beta = thermal expansivity of fluid DT = temperature difference

 October 2, 2007, 09:59 Re: unsteady flows #4 PratiK Mehta Guest   Posts: n/a hi , could you tell ,how to obtain Delta T.what is this Time thanks u Williams

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