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atholl January 16, 2001 11:48

meshing questions
I'm new to CFD and am currently simulating flow of water through a pipe using GAMBIT & FLUENT. My question is - how do I know which is the optimum meshing scheme to use? There's more than one way to mesh a basic cylinder in GAMBIT, so which is best? Any answers would be appreciated.

John C. Chien January 16, 2001 15:23

Re: meshing questions
(1). A good question. (2). Everyone can design his own mesh and run the code to obtain a solution. (3). So, how good is the solution obtained? That's the hard question to answer, because it depends on the mesh and the solver (and turbulence models,etc.). (4). The company which obtain the right solution is likely to survive and the company which obtain the wrong solution is likely to die. So, it is not just an issue of which meshing scheme to use. (5). As the first step, I think, you should try to obtain the "mesh independent solution" first. In other words, make sure that your solution obtained using your meshes is independent of the mesh you used. (6). "Optimum meshing scheme" is the one which is unlikely to create troubles for the solver and the particular problem you are trying to solve. For example, unstructured tet/tri cell meshes are not suitable for wall boundary layer flows. You will still get a solution, but you will have a hard time in getting the mesh independent solution. (7). Well, if you are not after the mesh independent solution, then any mesh is a good mesh, as long as there is a solution.(it's a joke.)

atholl January 17, 2001 06:20

Re: meshing questions
Thanks John, your reply has cleared up a few unanswered questions. Can you recommend any introductory CFD texts?

John C. Chien January 17, 2001 14:16

Re: meshing questions
(1). There are some popular CFD text books available, I think, you can take a look at the books section of this forum. Then check out the book at a local college library.

John January 23, 2001 16:51


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