# interFoam - sudden simulation crash

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October 18, 2017, 03:31
interFoam - sudden simulation crash
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Hello foamers,

I am working on a channel flow simulation using interFoam version Openfoam 1606+. I use the pimple algorithm, RAS with k-omega sst and an adjustable time step with a Co number <0.75. My mesh is okay, i.e. checkMesh -allTopology -allGeometry is only concerned about a number of undertermined cells at the bottom. I compute on parallel with 4 cores.

The velocity is neither known up- nor downstream, yet the water levels (h_in=2.15m, h_out=1.85m) are. Thus, I run the simulation with a totalPressure BC for the inlet and outlet patch. Both patches are spatially divided in a inletWater and outletWater, where I set the BC for alpha=fixedValue=1.

In order to smooth the numerical simulation, I tried to implement kind of a pressure ramp by applying the BC uniformTotalPressure for inlet and outlet patch.

However, I haven't been able to succeed a single time so far.

I attached a test case. The inlet ramp pressure definition for the totalpressure rises from p0 (t=0)=p_hyd+P_dyn(u_init=0.5) to p0(t=150)=p_hyd+P_dyn(u_init=2.5). For improvement of the numerical stabilisation, I also implemented a ramp for the outlet pressure. It decreases from p0 (t=0)=p_hyd+P_dyn(u_init=0.5) to p0(t=150)=p_hyd.

Two things are significant: an air velocity of magnitude ~10 and a sudden change in time step and courant with a subsequent decrease of the timestep and an eventually simulation crash. The .log file shows:

Courant Number mean: 0.00919418 max: 0.123878
Interface Courant Number mean: 0.000981603 max: 0.100002
deltaT = 0.00112173
Time = 125.100361974923104

PIMPLE: iteration 1
smoothSolver: Solving for alpha.water, Initial residual = 5.98242e-05, Final residual = 9.25524e-09, No Iterations 1
Phase-1 volume fraction = 0.698289 Min(alpha.water) = -0.0172475 Max(alpha.water) = 1.01759
MULES: Correcting alpha.water
MULES: Correcting alpha.water
Phase-1 volume fraction = 0.698289 Min(alpha.water) = -0.0171559 Max(alpha.water) = 1.01759
DICPCG: Solving for p_rgh, Initial residual = 3.39988e-05, Final residual = 6.75884e-07, No Iterations 2
DICPCG: Solving for p_rgh, Initial residual = 7.75034e-07, Final residual = 7.86252e-08, No Iterations 5
time step continuity errors : sum local = 8.55462e-09, global = 1.63886e-09, cumulative = 0.00040107
DICPCG: Solving for p_rgh, Initial residual = 6.88985e-06, Final residual = 1.07104e-07, No Iterations 2
DICPCG: Solving for p_rgh, Initial residual = 1.21741e-07, Final residual = 8.44158e-08, No Iterations 1
time step continuity errors : sum local = 9.18471e-09, global = 4.95856e-09, cumulative = 0.000401075
DICPCG: Solving for p_rgh, Initial residual = 6.66188e-06, Final residual = 8.15266e-08, No Iterations 2
DICPCG: Solving for p_rgh, Initial residual = 8.69901e-08, Final residual = 8.69901e-08, No Iterations 0
time step continuity errors : sum local = 9.46468e-09, global = 2.98789e-09, cumulative = 0.000401078
smoothSolver: Solving for omega, Initial residual = 7.71672e-06, Final residual = 1.22808e-09, No Iterations 1
smoothSolver: Solving for k, Initial residual = 0.000276498, Final residual = 6.7505e-08, No Iterations 1
ExecutionTime = 47662.4 s ClockTime = 47979 s

Courant Number mean: 0.00919479 max: 0.123869
Interface Courant Number mean: 0.000981905 max: 0.100002
deltaT = 0.0011217
Time = 125.101483678352707

PIMPLE: iteration 1
smoothSolver: Solving for alpha.water, Initial residual = 6.16002e-05, Final residual = 9.27208e-09, No Iterations 1
Phase-1 volume fraction = 0.698288 Min(alpha.water) = -0.0337563 Max(alpha.water) = 1.01759
MULES: Correcting alpha.water
MULES: Correcting alpha.water
Phase-1 volume fraction = 0.698288 Min(alpha.water) = -0.0336423 Max(alpha.water) = 1.01759
DICPCG: Solving for p_rgh, Initial residual = 0.00247448, Final residual = 1.44139e-05, No Iterations 2
DICPCG: Solving for p_rgh, Initial residual = 1.44822e-05, Final residual = 4.8083e-07, No Iterations 6
time step continuity errors : sum local = 5.34279e-08, global = 2.69449e-08, cumulative = 0.000401105
DICPCG: Solving for p_rgh, Initial residual = 0.014491, Final residual = 0.000131111, No Iterations 2
DICPCG: Solving for p_rgh, Initial residual = 0.000129723, Final residual = 5.01169e-06, No Iterations 11
time step continuity errors : sum local = 5.70339e-07, global = -9.30337e-08, cumulative = 0.000401012
DICPCG: Solving for p_rgh, Initial residual = 0.99888, Final residual = 0.0415996, No Iterations 1
DICPCG: Solving for p_rgh, Initial residual = 0.0203395, Final residual = 7.34686e-08, No Iterations 55
time step continuity errors : sum local = 1.50557e-05, global = -4.20235e-07, cumulative = 0.000400591
smoothSolver: Solving for omega, Initial residual = 0.0534182, Final residual = 3.25049e-07, No Iterations 4
smoothSolver: Solving for k, Initial residual = 0.153943, Final residual = 1.74852e-07, No Iterations 6
ExecutionTime = 47663.2 s ClockTime = 47979 s

Courant Number mean: 2.45123 max: 31513.8
Interface Courant Number mean: 0.198036 max: 2721.96
deltaT = 2.66955e-08
Time = 125.101483705048253

PIMPLE: iteration 1
smoothSolver: Solving for alpha.water, Initial residual = 6.87222e-05, Final residual = 6.57853e-10, No Iterations 1
Phase-1 volume fraction = 0.698287 Min(alpha.water) = -0.480656 Max(alpha.water) = 1.01759
MULES: Correcting alpha.water
MULES: Correcting alpha.water
Phase-1 volume fraction = 0.698287 Min(alpha.water) = -0.475874 Max(alpha.water) = 1.01759
DICPCG: Solving for p_rgh, Initial residual = 0.999871, Final residual = 0.0440932, No Iterations 7
DICPCG: Solving for p_rgh, Initial residual = 0.00142484, Final residual = 5.39219e-05, No Iterations 24
time step continuity errors : sum local = 2.61972e-08, global = -5.21343e-09, cumulative = 0.000400586
DICPCG: Solving for p_rgh, Initial residual = 0.0233034, Final residual = 0.000751639, No Iterations 6
DICPCG: Solving for p_rgh, Initial residual = 0.00120166, Final residual = 5.78432e-05, No Iterations 24
time step continuity errors : sum local = 2.81139e-08, global = 9.87746e-09, cumulative = 0.000400596
DICPCG: Solving for p_rgh, Initial residual = 0.0195959, Final residual = 0.000682388, No Iterations 6
DICPCG: Solving for p_rgh, Initial residual = 0.000989858, Final residual = 8.54182e-08, No Iterations 79
time step continuity errors : sum local = 1.7333e-11, global = 2.25158e-12, cumulative = 0.000400596
smoothSolver: Solving for omega, Initial residual = 2.94409e-06, Final residual = 3.18266e-10, No Iterations 1
smoothSolver: Solving for k, Initial residual = 1.03411e-07, Final residual = 5.38321e-12, No Iterations 1
ExecutionTime = 47664.1 s ClockTime = 47980 s

Courant Number mean: 8.66418e-06 max: 0.0620378
Interface Courant Number mean: 3.62161e-06 max: 0.0620378
deltaT = 3.09987e-08
Time = 125.101483736046902

I changed the times of the ramps a little, yet without succes.

I'm really stuck right here: it seems the error is within the BCs, yet i could imagine that improving my numerics in fvSchemes or the algorithms in fvSolution might help. However, my experience is rather shallow. I appreciate any feedback.

Kind regards,

fmerk
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October 20, 2017, 07:08
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I solved it by adapting the BC as follows:
- zeroGradient for U for inletAir, outletAir
- fixedfluxpressure for p_rgh inletAir, outletAir

However, this implies a second problem:

My liquid phase, alpha.water, that should range from 0-1 now has values up to 200. More specifically, the respective cells are the ones at the bottom next to the the outlet, see the attached picture.

Does anyone have an idea how to get rid of these high fractions numbers?

Kind regards
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 October 20, 2017, 13:04 #3 Senior Member   sandy Join Date: Feb 2016 Location: . Posts: 117 Rep Power: 10 i suggest you try modifying dam break tutorial first understand BC's etc then proceed with your case

 October 25, 2017, 03:13 #4 New Member   Join Date: Apr 2017 Posts: 6 Rep Power: 9 I solved my issue of the high alpha fraction by again adapting the boundary conditions. It seems that, given one has an outlet and wants to prescribe the outlet flow height via 2 patches (outletWater and outletAir), a fixedValue for the fluid fraction alpha with 1 and 0, respectively, is not feasible. It appears that by applying 2 fixedValues for alpha at the outlet, the system is constraint. By using inletOutlet boundaries, the solver is more flexible, i.e. the alpha values are not restricted. Yet, this leads to a little lower true flow height since at the outlet interface alpha values of around 0.75 are monitored than prescribed in the first step of defining the spatial aspects of the outlet patches. Please note that these are points I found out with respect to my particular case. A general verification of the above results is not given.