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cfdlame November 12, 2011 14:11

natural convection in stratified zone
I'm using Fluent forum, tell me if I've choosen incorrectly.

The problem is: For different solver setting I'm experiencing natural convection in zone, where initialized temperature gradient is less than the lapse rate - convection should't occure.

I'm investigating convection in closed cube 3kmx3kmx2km with adiabatic boundary condition (hex grid 150000 elements). Initialized temperature gradient is decreasing 0,5K/100m (adiabatic lapse rate is 1K/100m). I've tried: boussinesq, ideal gas, and real gas for a density model, for both solvers: density, and pressure based (presto, second order for everything). I don't even know solver type matters, probably not. UDF is written fine. In every case convection occured. Somebody have any idea?


cfdlame November 14, 2011 05:08

any ideas? maybe I should change forum?

sandeep_tu November 14, 2011 11:53

I can make some suggestions,

* May be donīt use Gravitional acceleration.

* Density is very important in FLUENT. You should choose this based up on your problem. May be this helps,

1. For compressible flows, the ideal gas law is the appropriate density relationship.

2. For incompressible flows, you may choose constant density .

all other options are used to model natural convection (for example Boussinesq model)

cfdlame November 14, 2011 16:00

This is not exactly answer to my question, but thanks.

Once again: In my model convection occurs, but it should't. All properieties for convection should be enabled (ideal gas, gravity, energy equation etc.) but it should not happen, because tempreture gradient is too small (below adiabatic lapse rate)

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