# Issue with volume fraction

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 June 7, 2010, 15:24 Issue with volume fraction #1 Member     Pranab N Jha Join Date: Nov 2009 Location: Houston, TX Posts: 86 Rep Power: 16 Hi All, I am trying to simulate two-phase flow with air and water in a pipe to get slug flow. My issue is that when I initialize the domain with VF = 1 (completely filled with water) and then let the fluids flow into the system, I get the error: "divergence detected in AMG solver: pressure correction" But when I initialize with VF = 0 (complete air), I do not get the error. Can somebody please explain to me the physics behind it? Also, what is the remedy for this? I am guessing that the air is not able to push through the water when the domain is completely filled with water. Am I correct? My flow velocities are not very high: 1.2 m/s for air and 0.1 m/s for water which leaves me with 0.6 m/s for air and 0.05 m/s for water as the superficial velocities at the inlet (I have split the inlet into two halves- one for each phase). Pipe dia is 50 mm. Replies and suggestions welcome. Cheers, Pranab

 June 10, 2010, 16:44 #2 Member     Pranab N Jha Join Date: Nov 2009 Location: Houston, TX Posts: 86 Rep Power: 16 Hi All, I could get a flow for low inlet velocities of air and water with initialization of volume fraction= 0.5 in the whole domain. But still, the problem persists with higher phase velocities (air = 2m/s and water = 1.4 m/s). Can anyone tell me how low can I go with the relaxation factor for the pressure correction in the AMG solver? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks, Pranab

 June 25, 2010, 17:26 #3 Member     Pranab N Jha Join Date: Nov 2009 Location: Houston, TX Posts: 86 Rep Power: 16 I would myself go ahead here and let everybody know that the AMG pressure correction problem was solved by using 3ddp instead of fluent 3d. I read somewhere on the internet that if your maximum cell volume is less than 1e-6 cu. m., then you have to use 3ddp to get over the pressure correction problem. I cannot validate this claim, but it did work for me.

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