Unexpected steptostep divergence?
Hi all,
I'm facing problem with unexpected, steptostep divergence when carrying out twophase flow simulations in a straight tube (mixture of very small gas bubbles in liquid) . The settings are as follows:  application: interFoam  adjustableRunTime  parallel computation on 128 cores (sandybridge)  polyhedral mesh (~2.6e6 cells)  kw SST turbulence model (with wall functions ; )  gradSchemes: cellLimited pointCellsLeastSquares 1  divSchemes: Gauss linearUpwind pointCellsLeastSquares for fluxesm vanLeer01 for alpha, upwind for k and w  laplacianSchemes: Gauss harmonic limited 0.5  p_rgh solver PCG preconditioned by GAMG  U solver: coupled GaussSeidel  kw solver: DILUGaussSeidel  relaxation for U 0.8, p_rgh 0.8, k and omega 0.5 The computation starts and runs without any significant problems, but then just out of nowhere something like this happens:  Courant Number mean: 0.0580293 max: 3.24124 Interface Courant Number mean: 0.0306811 max: 1.19673 deltaT = 4.30429e06 Time = 0.387167774895511296318062477439525537192821502685 546875 MULES: Solving for alpha1 Phase1 volume fraction = 0.843784 Min(alpha1) = 0 Max(alpha1) = 1 MULES: Solving for alpha1 Phase1 volume fraction = 0.843785 Min(alpha1) = 0 Max(alpha1) = 1 MULES: Solving for alpha1 Phase1 volume fraction = 0.843786 Min(alpha1) = 0 Max(alpha1) = 1 MULES: Solving for alpha1 Phase1 volume fraction = 0.843787 Min(alpha1) = 0 Max(alpha1) = 1 PIMPLE: iteration 1 GAMGPCG: Solving for p_rgh, Initial residual = 0.0224785, Final residual = 0.000156967, No Iterations 1 time step continuity errors : sum local = 1.55616e07, global = 5.43803e09, cumulative = 0.000297041 GAMGPCG: Solving for p_rgh, Initial residual = 0.00199818, Final residual = 4.15425e05, No Iterations 1 time step continuity errors : sum local = 4.24289e08, global = 3.81493e09, cumulative = 0.000297045 PIMPLE: iteration 2 GAMGPCG: Solving for p_rgh, Initial residual = 0.00614802, Final residual = 9.2905e05, No Iterations 1 time step continuity errors : sum local = 9.60018e08, global = 7.49441e08, cumulative = 0.00029697 GAMGPCG: Solving for p_rgh, Initial residual = 0.14632, Final residual = 0.00109295, No Iterations 1 time step continuity errors : sum local = 1.32961e06, global = 7.27154e07, cumulative = 0.000297697 PIMPLE: iteration 3 GAMGPCG: Solving for p_rgh, Initial residual = 0.990129, Final residual = 0.00744816, No Iterations 1 time step continuity errors : sum local = 0.00112567, global = 0.000659507, cumulative = 0.000957204 GAMGPCG: Solving for p_rgh, Initial residual = 0.999995, Final residual = 6.0151e08, No Iterations 11 time step continuity errors : sum local = 0.00711768, global = 0.000152863, cumulative = 0.00111007 smoothSolver: Solving for omega, Initial residual = 1, Final residual = 9.87567e10, No Iterations 29 smoothSolver: Solving for k, Initial residual = 0.863997, Final residual = 9.83797e10, No Iterations 56 ExecutionTime = 128590 s ClockTime = 128985 s Courant Number mean: 188929 max: 7.37508e+12 Interface Courant Number mean: 174035 max: 7.37508e+12 deltaT = 1.75088e18 THE END  "High" value of the Courant number (3.24124 and 1.19673 for the interface Co) is tweaked by even higher number of nAlphaSubcycles and it limited by 5 (and 3 for interface Co). It works many times during the simulation so I don't think this is the main problem... If I restart it, it just goes on (and it might or might not diverge in the same way). I can overcome this problem by modifying the interFoam so that it remembers the results from the last iteration, reloads it in the case of divergence and assure the smooth run by lowering the new deltaT. But this solution is kind of lame... Have you experienced similar behaviour? Do you have any ideas how to solve it? 
In my experience, your best odds in resolving these kind of issues is reducing the maxCo and maxAlphaCo. What are these in your case?

As I wrote  maxCo = 5, maxAlphaCo = 3,
I'm tweaking it by the following settings for correctors: nCorrectors 2; nOuterCorrectors 3; nNonOrthogonalCorrectors 0; nAlphaCorr 1; nAlphaSubCycles 4; cAlpha 1; I usually works, but sometimes, it suddenly blows up... 
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There is by the way a lot of information on this forum related to time step size and interFoam. 
OK, thanks, I'll search for it...

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