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Anna Tian November 16, 2012 08:18

Question about time step setting for different turbulence modeling

May I ask shall I use different time step for different turbulence modeling? Why?

My simulation converges well with K-Omega model with time step = 10^(-4)s. Shall I use a larger or smaller time step for reynolds stress models?

atmcfd November 19, 2012 03:09

A very vague answer, but yes., and I am not sure of the time step you need for the RS model, without knowing the case.
Generally, It also depends upon the numerical scheme you are using for timestepping (implicit or explicit). Usually, if you are not sure, I would suggest running smaller time steps for any turbulence model initially.this is to be safe and make sure the simulation does not become unstable. Some turbulence models which focus a lot on explicitly "resolving" considerably small turbulent scales would definitely require small time steps, eg highly resolved LES , on a very fine grid. Likewise, flows in cases where you expect to see large transients would also need smaller time steps, since it would better resolve the transients you want to see. More importantly, the simulation would not diverge (unless of course, there are errors elsewhere, like B.Cs etc..)

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