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Old   July 24, 2017, 16:28
Default Using PengRobinsonGas equation with sonicFoam
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I am a Master's Degree student and I am working on a project that uses sonicFoam as a solver.

The cases I am simulating are basically a fluid in supersonic flow within an ejector. I used the type of cell "wedge" to simulate just one cell (1 of the total cylinder from the original ejector design) in the radial direction and refined the mesh in the longitudinal direction (x and y planes).
However, the cases are diverging, i.e., the Mass Flux Error between Inlet and Outlet is high, mainly when I increase the mesh refinement just in the longitudinal direction . I tried to use the PengRobinson equation but the solver restricted me to use just sensibleInternalEnergy as option to energy in the thermophysicalProperties, so I coudn't use polynomial and hPolynomial as option to transport and thermo, respectively.
Thinking on it, I recompiled the solver (based on rhoPimpleFoam) using the sensibleEnthalpy instead of sensibleInternalEnergy and used the PengRobinson equation, which gave me very good results. But I wanted to know:

Which aspects of the calculation those changes affects the simulated physics of the sonicFoam?

Notes: Changes in the sonicFoam are described below.

1. createFieldRefs.H
Commented the term "volScalarField& e = thermo.he();";

2. createFields.H
In the line "thermo.validate(args.executable(), "e");", the term "h" was added next to "e", resulting in "thermo.validate(args.executable(), "h", "e");";

3. EEqn.H
The terms "e" were replaced for "he";
Added a line after the "{" with the information "volScalarField& he = thermo.he();".

Thanks for helping me.

Last edited by Zon; July 31, 2017 at 15:51.
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