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nikhil January 30, 2011 23:16

Can I use turbulent model to solve a laminar flow?

I am handling a transient case in which flow regime changes from laminar to turbulent in a non periodic fashion. There are shifts of laminar and turbluent regime in my case

If i select any turbulent model for this case, Will it produce correct results when the flow is in laminar regime?


swiftaircraft January 31, 2011 17:14

This will not produce the correct results. You need to set up a separate zones where you have laminar flow.

nikhil January 31, 2011 17:26

Well, Flow in the domain is transient. (Inlet velocity has period profile of multiple sines and cosins). Hence, sometimes entire flow is in laminar regime and sometimes (entirely) in turbulent regime.

Therefore, i am sure whether separation of zone would work in such case.
I am thinking about writing an UDF that will turn on/off the turbulence model depending upon the Re.

I just wanted to know, Is there any other better way to do that?

DoHander January 31, 2011 20:18

Use a transition model, in Fluent 12 and 13 you have two models that can handle transition from laminar to turbulent flow.

swiftaircraft February 1, 2011 04:33

nikhil I agree with DoHander. Also the use of a UDF to turn features on and off is in my experience bad as you lose many features of the flow. Namely in turning off turbulence based on Re you do not see the transition zone.

nikhil February 1, 2011 11:42

Thanks guys.
I will check the transition model.

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