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Old   May 21, 2016, 08:00
Default Possible bug with stitchMesh and cyclics in OpenFoam
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I am attempting to simulate the flow through a number of axial rotor passages in OpenFoam. I import the mesh for a single rotor passage, and then use the OpenFoam utilities to create a mesh for multiple rotor passages. To do this I

1) first use
Code:
transformPoints
with the
Code:
-rotate
option to create consecutively adjacent rotor passages.
2) Then I use
Code:
mergeMeshes
recursively until I have a single mesh.
3) After that I need to remove the periodic boundaries of my original single passage mesh that have now become internal to my final mesh. This I do easily with
Code:
stitchMesh
.
4) The final thing that remains is to run
Code:
createPatch
so that the outer boundaries of my final mesh become cyclic. But this is where the problem lies. I get the error that


Code:
--> FOAM FATAL ERROR: 
face 0 area does not match neighbour by 21.3209% -- possible face ordering problem.
patch:PER_1 my area:1.79826e-07 neighbour area:2.22742e-07 matching tolerance:0.0001
Mesh face:406473 fc:(-0.0100134 0.0276069 0.04761)
Neighbour fc:(-0.0286241 -0.00656206 0.0405168)
If you are certain your matching is correct you can increase the 'matchTolerance' setting in the patch dictionary in the boundary file.
Rerun with cyclic debug flag set for more information.

    From function cyclicPolyPatch::calcTransforms()
    in file meshes/polyMesh/polyPatches/constraint/cyclic/cyclicPolyPatch.C at line 221.

FOAM exiting
This is strange because when I just set up a single passage (without doing all the copying and merging and stitching ), I have no problem, and my simulation runs as expected. So im wondering if there could be some sort of bug introduced in the stitching process of OpenFoam. For example I had to remove
Code:
constant/polyMesh/meshModifiers
for the subsequent stitching calls to work. Maybe there is some contamination of the mesh definition that is making createPatch not work?

Another thing I tried to get to the root of the problem is the following: In my createPatchDict I also create cyclicAMI patches for a pair of faces in each passage (this is because for each passage blade, my mesh is nonconformal at the tip so I need technically a GGI interface but cyclicAMI seems to do the job...). If I comment out the cyclics that I run for the periodicity (the patches that are causing the problem) then createPatch runs fine! This is further suggesting that something is happening to the patches ordering when I rotate and stitch the mesh together.

My createPatchDict: (this is for a simulation with three rotor passages)

Code:
/*--------------------------------*- C++ -*----------------------------------*\
| =========                 |                                                 |
| \\      /  F ield         | OpenFOAM: The Open Source CFD Toolbox           |
|  \\    /   O peration     | Version:  3.0.0                                 |
|   \\  /    A nd           | Web:      www.OpenFOAM.org                      |
|    \\/     M anipulation  |                                                 |
\*---------------------------------------------------------------------------*/
FoamFile
{   
    version     2.0;
    format      ascii;
    class       dictionary;
    object      createPatchDict;
}
// * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * //

pointSync true;

// Patches to create.
patches
(
    {   
        // Name of new patch
        name PER_1;

        // Dictionary to construct new patch from
        patchInfo
        {
            type cyclic;
            neighbourPatch PER_2;


            transform rotational;
            rotationAxis (0 0 1);
            rotationCentre (0 0 0);
            //matchTolerance 1E-2;
        }

        // How to construct: either from 'patches' or 'set'
        constructFrom patches;

        // If constructFrom = patches : names of patches. Wildcards allowed.
        patches (PER1);

        // If constructFrom = set : name of faceSet
        set f0;
    }
   {
        // Name of new patch
        name PER_2;

        // Dictionary to construct new patch from
        patchInfo
        {
            type cyclic;
            neighbourPatch PER_1;

            transform rotational;
            rotationAxis (0 0 1);
            rotationCentre (0 0 0);
            // transform translational;
            // separationVector (0 -22.63 0);
        }

        // How to construct: either from 'patches' or 'set'
        constructFrom patches;

        // If constructFrom = patches : names of patches. Wildcards allowed.
        patches (PER2);

        // If constructFrom = set : name of faceSet
        set f0;
    }

    {
        // Name of new patch
        name SHROUD_TIP_GGI_SIDE_11_0;

        // Dictionary to construct new patch from
        patchInfo
        {
            type cyclicAMI;
            neighbourPatch SHROUD_TIP_GGI_SIDE_22_0;

            // Optional: explicitly set transformation tensor.
            // Used when matching and synchronising points.
            transform rotational;
            rotationAxis (0 0 1);
            rotationCentre (0 0 0);

            matchTolerance 1E-2;
        }

        // How to construct: either from 'patches' or 'set'
        constructFrom patches;

        // If constructFrom = patches : names of patches. Wildcards allowed.
        patches (SHROUD_TIP_GGI_SIDE_1_0);

        // If constructFrom = set : name of faceSet
        set f0;
    }
    {
        // Name of new patch
        name SHROUD_TIP_GGI_SIDE_22_0;

        // Dictionary to construct new patch from
        patchInfo
        {
            type cyclicAMI;
            neighbourPatch SHROUD_TIP_GGI_SIDE_11_0;

            transform rotational;
            rotationAxis (0 0 1);
            rotationCentre (0 0 0);

            matchTolerance 1E-2;

        }

        // How to construct: either from 'patches' or 'set'
        constructFrom patches;

        // If constructFrom = patches : names of patches. Wildcards allowed.
        patches (SHROUD_TIP_GGI_SIDE_2_0);

        // If constructFrom = set : name of faceSet
        set f0;
    }
 {
        // Name of new patch
        name SHROUD_TIP_GGI_SIDE_11_1;

        // Dictionary to construct new patch from
        patchInfo
        {
            type cyclicAMI;
            neighbourPatch SHROUD_TIP_GGI_SIDE_22_1;

            transform rotational;
            rotationAxis (0 0 1);
            rotationCentre (0 0 0);

            matchTolerance 1E-2;
        }

        // How to construct: either from 'patches' or 'set'
        constructFrom patches;

        // If constructFrom = patches : names of patches. Wildcards allowed.
        patches (SHROUD_TIP_GGI_SIDE_1_1);

        // If constructFrom = set : name of faceSet
        set f0;
    }
{
        // Name of new patch
        name SHROUD_TIP_GGI_SIDE_22_1;

        // Dictionary to construct new patch from
        patchInfo
        {
            type cyclicAMI;
            neighbourPatch SHROUD_TIP_GGI_SIDE_11_1;

            transform rotational;
            rotationAxis (0 0 1);
            rotationCentre (0 0 0);

            matchTolerance 1E-2;

        }

        // How to construct: either from 'patches' or 'set'
        constructFrom patches;

        // If constructFrom = patches : names of patches. Wildcards allowed.
        patches (SHROUD_TIP_GGI_SIDE_2_1);

        // If constructFrom = set : name of faceSet
        set f0;
    }
 {
        // Name of new patch
        name SHROUD_TIP_GGI_SIDE_11_2;

        // Dictionary to construct new patch from
        patchInfo
        {
            type cyclicAMI;
            neighbourPatch SHROUD_TIP_GGI_SIDE_22_2;

            transform rotational;
            rotationAxis (0 0 1);
            rotationCentre (0 0 0);

            matchTolerance 1E-2;
        }

        // How to construct: either from 'patches' or 'set'
        constructFrom patches;

        // If constructFrom = patches : names of patches. Wildcards allowed.
        patches (SHROUD_TIP_GGI_SIDE_1_2);

        // If constructFrom = set : name of faceSet
        set f0;
    }
{
        // Name of new patch
        name SHROUD_TIP_GGI_SIDE_22_2;

        // Dictionary to construct new patch from
        patchInfo
        {
            type cyclicAMI;
            neighbourPatch SHROUD_TIP_GGI_SIDE_11_2;

            transform rotational;
            rotationAxis (0 0 1);
            rotationCentre (0 0 0);


            matchTolerance 1E-2;

        }

        // How to construct: either from 'patches' or 'set'
        constructFrom patches;

        // If constructFrom = patches : names of patches. Wildcards allowed.
        patches (SHROUD_TIP_GGI_SIDE_2_2);

        // If constructFrom = set : name of faceSet
        set f0;
    }


);

// ************************************************************************* //
My polyMesh/boundary:

Code:
/*--------------------------------*- C++ -*----------------------------------*\
| =========                 |                                                 |
| \\      /  F ield         | OpenFOAM: The Open Source CFD Toolbox           |
|  \\    /   O peration     | Version:  3.0.0                                 |
|   \\  /    A nd           | Web:      www.OpenFOAM.org                      |
|    \\/     M anipulation  |                                                 |
\*---------------------------------------------------------------------------*/
FoamFile
{   
    version     2.0;
    format      ascii;
    class       polyBoundaryMesh;
    location    "1/polyMesh";
    object      boundary;
}
// * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * //

19
(
    HUB
    {   
        type            wall;
        inGroups        1(wall);
        nFaces          5727;
        startFace       381141;
    }
    SHROUD
    {   
        type            wall;
        inGroups        1(wall);
        nFaces          8658;
        startFace       386868;
    }
    INFLOW
    {   
        type            wall;
        inGroups        1(wall);
        nFaces          1260;
        startFace       395526;
    }
    OUTFLOW
    {   
        type            patch;
        nFaces          1197;
        startFace       396786;
    }
    BLADE0
    {   
        type            wall;
        inGroups        1(wall);
        nFaces          2830;
        startFace       397983;
    }
    SHROUD_TIP_GGI_SIDE_1_0
    {
        type            wall;
        inGroups        1(wall);
        nFaces          268;
        startFace       400813;
    }
    SHROUD_TIP_GGI_SIDE_2_0
    {
        type            wall;
        inGroups        1(wall);
        nFaces          280;
        startFace       401081;
    }
    PER10
    {
        type            wall;
        inGroups        1(wall);
        nFaces          0;
        startFace       401361;
    }
    PER2
    {
        type            wall;
        inGroups        1(wall);
        nFaces          1344;
        startFace       401361;
    }
    BLADE1
    {
        type            wall;
        inGroups        1(wall);
        nFaces          2830;
        startFace       402705;
    }
    SHROUD_TIP_GGI_SIDE_1_1
    {
        type            wall;
        inGroups        1(wall);
        nFaces          268;
        startFace       405535;
    }
    SHROUD_TIP_GGI_SIDE_2_1
    {
        type            wall;
        inGroups        1(wall);
        nFaces          280;
        startFace       405803;
    }
    PER11
    {
        type            wall;
        inGroups        1(wall);
        nFaces          0;
        startFace       406083;
    }
    PER21
    {
        type            wall;
        inGroups        1(wall);
        nFaces          0;
        startFace       406083;
    }
    BLADE2
    {
        type            wall;
        inGroups        1(wall);
        nFaces          2830;
        startFace       406083;
    }
    SHROUD_TIP_GGI_SIDE_1_2
    {
        type            wall;
        inGroups        1(wall);
        nFaces          268;
        startFace       408913;
    }
    SHROUD_TIP_GGI_SIDE_2_2
    {
        type            wall;
        inGroups        1(wall);
        nFaces          280;
        startFace       409181;
    }
    PER1
    {
        type            wall;
        inGroups        1(wall);
        nFaces          1344;
        startFace       409461;
    }
    PER22
    {
        type            wall;
        inGroups        1(wall);
        nFaces          0;
        startFace       410805;
    }
)

// ************************************************************************* //
As you can see the faces that were originally supposed to be periodic in the original single passage have nFaces = 0 in the final merged and stitched mesh. PER1 and PER2 are the remaining patches that are supposed to be made cyclic. BTW im running OF/3.0.0

Last edited by Jack001; May 21, 2016 at 09:58.
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