problem with cavity flow
Hi All,
I'm trying to simulate flow inside a cavity using stream functionvorticity formulation and AF scheme. I've written a code that runs fine for Re<2000 but it strongly depends on the initial guessed values for vorticity, is this normal? For Re>2000 (e.g. 4000) the absolute monitored residuals of vorticity on 61x61 grid gets down to 0.005 after 3000 iteration (seems high) but oscillate about it so that it never reaches to steadystate solution. That said,I need to make sure up to what Re we can expect steadystate solution? I'm really stuck on what the problem is and need some help? thanks. 
any ideas?

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if the solution is steady then it should not depend on the initial condition. Quote:
you should work with the lidd driven cavity poblem because a lot of results and bechmarks are available on this configuration. For Re=5000 the solution is steady so you can run your code with this example and check. 
Thanks leflix for the reply, actually the problem is lid driven with square geometry, but the weird part is it converges for Re<2000 but not greater than that which goes oscillating. :confused:
Generally, how many iteration cycle is needed to reach a steady state solution for e.g. Re=5000? 
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Sorry for this delay. I have made a run for Re=5000 to check. The grid is coarse 50x50. The code is fully transient and it took about 25000 time iterations with a time step of 0.01 to reach the steady state. With a steady state computation process it would have taken cetainly much less. 
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I did several tests many years ago ... I tried to repeat the range of Re covered by the wellknown paper of Ghia&Ghia with my timedependent FV solver based on the streamfunction/vorticity formulation. I found steady solutions only up to Re=3200 (and, as leflix stated, the solution is independent from the initial guess), then my code started to have an unsteady behaviour. I remember that such behaviour was found also by some authors... 
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Here are the solutions obtained at Re=5000 with two different codes that I developped , one in primitive variables and the other one with vorticitystream function. The grid is now 100x100 because I thought that with a too coarse grid(50x50) the solution may be inaccurate and thus leads too a fake steady solution. As you will notice it, the solution is still steady and there is a perfect agreement between the results. The both codes are able to capture the tertiary vortice. Check my results with the figure 3 of Ertuk et al: ref 1) In the following references you will find two studies with a complete bibliography on this subject which reports steady state for Re=5000. The authors found also in their study that for Re=5000 the solution was steady. The results have been obtained with different computational strategies. In the youtube link, you will find a computation obtained with LBM method and it gives the same steady behaviour for Re=5000 Finaly in the very good book of Griebel et al those reference is given below, computations at Re=5000 have been undertaken and similar results, as far as I remember, have been found. Different authors mentioned a hop bifurcation which turns the flow to become unsteady around Re=7500. so we are forced to conclude that your code might have a bugg ;) 1) Numerical Solutions of 2D Steady Incompressible Driven Cavity Flow at High Reynolds Numbers: (Erturk, Corke, Gokçol) http://arxiv.org/pdf/cs/0411047.pdf 2) The 2D liddriven cavity problem revisited (CharlesHenri Bruneau , Mazen Saad) http://www.math.sciences.univnantes.fr/~saad/cv/computersfluidsoriginalarticle.pdf 3) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDxRnsvBqT4 4)http://books.google.fr/books/about/N...cC&redir_esc=y 
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Hi, many thanks for your details, I am not aware about the recent references on liddriven cavity flows since I stopped working on 2d problems many years ago, therefore I just remember some discussions about the Hopf bifurcation after Re= 3200. If you are interested, this what I experienced in a past study (G. de Felice, F.M. Denaro, C. Meola, Multidimensional Single Step Vector Upwinded Schemes for Highly Convective Transport Problems. Numerical Heat Transfer. Part B Vol 23, pp. 425460, 1993.), I can say that Re <= 3200 are for sure steady cases and Re=10^4 is for sure a notsteady case (despite the steady solution reported by Ghia & Ghia), for Re = 3200  7500 I just remember some debates about bifurcation. Some authors supposed the difference in the results were due to different treatment of the corner points that are singular. But you are much more aware than me on this topic ;) 
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But however the codes are able to capture the tertiary vortice. Quote:
I just use Lid driven cavity as a very good validation test case when I developp codes as it is well documented in the litterature (Ghia, Erturk,....), easy boundary conditions, steady states, ... 
good to know new results, I am quite surprised that the 2D cavity flow is still studied deeply... I wonder why the 3D liddriven is not so ...:confused:
yes, for standard central finitedifference the cornerpoints are never involved, however I used multidimensional stencil in my finitevolume flux reconstruction and I remember that I had hard time to treat them in consistent way ... 
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more computational ressources that not every one has on his desk. :D To capture tertiary vortice you need at least 100x100 mesh in 2D. If you use a 3D code you would need 1 million points and if your code is not paralellized or optimized it could require at least 1 day of computation according the number of time step you want to simulate. And it' s too much for people. Paralelizing a 3D code is absolutely necessary and it is a hard task...at least for me ;) And I should underline that 1 million grid nodes for 3D computations is really not enough to be taken seriously (it 's like 20x20 in 2D computations :D) 
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yes, but now is quite common to have LES and DNS with several tenth of millions of unknown ... but the 3D lid driven cavity is still poorly explored... 
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