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Old   August 31, 2009, 04:19
Default Symmetry Boundary Condition for a fluid domain
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I am doing a fluent analysis on a water turbine blade. The bondaries I have used are as follows.

1. Velocity Inlet - at inlet
2. Mass flow outlet - at exit
3. Wall - at turbine blade
4. symmetry - at outer domain

I am fine with the first three, but I am not quite sure about the fourth one i.e is the symmetry condition. As far as I know symmetry condtion is like a wall but without a shear. But in practicality wont there be some outflow.

Please advice if I have some other option.


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Old   August 31, 2009, 05:34
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Switch massflow outlet to pressure outlet.
Indeed you have already defined a massflow at inlet
To your symmetry... it depends on your geometry (and also your BC), but "turbine blade" sounds like periodicity.
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Old   September 4, 2009, 11:05
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Hi again

Please find attached a jpg image of 2d cross-sectional view of the turbine and its domain. I get the idea of the periodic boundary that can be used. But I am not sure of the boundary that is to be selected at the domain extends (rectangular box enclosed in the image). Any advice on that?.



P.S: I tried pressure far field condition and then found out that it can only be used for ideal gas equations, rendering it not suitable for my case.
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Old   September 4, 2009, 17:57
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My vote is for a slip wall or a pressure outlet. I'd also put it as far from the foil as you can.

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