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Old   November 27, 2018, 03:21
Default Using createPatch and cyclicAMI in FOAM Extend to create periodicbox
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Hello All,
I am interested in creating a box, periodic in 2 directions (X and Z directions) with the wall in Y direction. I want to validate the capability of FOAM Extend 4.0 to carryout Rayleigh Benard convection with unstructured grid and no-turbulence models. As first step I create a structured mesh with ANSYS and try to work with it as below.

Steps I follow
1. I create mesh in ANSYS, covert it to a .cas file
2. FluentMeshToFoam *.cas

My boundary file would look like:
Code:
/*--------------------------------*- C++ -*----------------------------------*\
| =========                 |                                                 |
| \\      /  F ield         | foam-extend: Open Source CFD                    |
|  \\    /   O peration     | Version:     4.0                                |
|   \\  /    A nd           | Web:         http://www.foam-extend.org         |
|    \\/     M anipulation  |                                                 |
\*---------------------------------------------------------------------------*/
FoamFile
{
    version     2.0;
    format      ascii;
    class       polyBoundaryMesh;
    location    "constant/polyMesh";
    object      boundary;
}
// * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * //

6
(
    w_r
    {
        type            wall;
        nFaces          40000;
        startFace       5820400;
    }
    w_l
    {
        type            wall;
        nFaces          40000;
        startFace       5860400;
    }
    w_to
    {
        type            patch;
        nFaces          9800;
        startFace       5900400;
    }
    w_bo
    {
        type            patch;
        nFaces          9800;
        startFace       5910200;
    }
    w_fo
    {
        type            patch;
        nFaces          9800;
        startFace       5920000;
    }
    w_ko
    {
        type            patch;
        nFaces          9800;
        startFace       5929800;
    }
)


// ************************************************************************* //
Please note: w_to,w_bo,w_fo,w_ko had type wall which was changed to patch.

3. Make a system/reatePatchDict as below:
Code:
/*--------------------------------*- C++ -*----------------------------------*\
| =========                 |                                                 |
| \\      /  F ield         | foam-extend: Open Source CFD                    |
|  \\    /   O peration     | Version:     4.0                                |
|   \\  /    A nd           | Web:         http://www.foam-extend.org         |
|    \\/     M anipulation  |                                                 |
\*---------------------------------------------------------------------------*/
FoamFile
{
    version     2.0;
    format      ascii;
    class       dictionary;
    object      createPatchDict;
}
// * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * //

// This application/dictionary controls:
// - optional: create new patches from boundary faces (either given as
//   a set of patches or as a faceSet)
// - always: order faces on coupled patches such that they are opposite. This
//   is done for all coupled faces, not just for any patches created.
// - optional: synchronise points on coupled patches.

// 1. Create cyclicAMI:
// - specify where the faces should come from
// - specify the type of cyclicAMI. If a rotational specify the rotationAxis
//   and centre to make matching easier
// - pointSync true to guarantee points to line up.

// 2. Correct incorrect cyclicAMI:
// This will usually fail upon loading:
//  "face 0 area does not match neighbour 2 by 0.0100005%"
//  " -- possible face ordering problem."
// - change patch type from 'cyclicAMI' to 'patch' in the polyMesh/boundary file.
// - loosen match tolerance to get case to load
// - regenerate cyclicAMI as above

// Tolerance used in matching faces. Absolute tolerance is span of
// face times this factor. To load incorrectly matches meshes set this
// to a higher value.
matchTolerance 1E-3;

// Do a synchronisation of coupled points after creation of any patches.
pointSync false;

// Patches to create.
patchInfo
(
    {
        // Name of new patch
        name w_f;

        // Type of new patch
        dictionary
        {
            type       	cyclicAMI;
            transform  	translational;
            neighbourPatch  w_k;
           
        }
           constructFrom   patches;
           patches (w_fo);

        
    }

{
        // Name of new patch
        name w_k;

        // Type of new patch
        dictionary
        {
            type       	cyclicAMI;
            transform  	translational;
            neighbourPatch  w_f;
           
        }       
        constructFrom   patches;
        patches         (w_ko);

        
    }



{
        // Name of new patch
        name w_t;

        // Type of new patch
        dictionary
        {
            type       	cyclicAMI;
         transform  	translational;
            neighbourPatch  w_b;
           
        }
       
        constructFrom   patches;
        patches         (  w_to);

        
    }

{
        // Name of new patch
        name w_b;

        // Type of new patch
        dictionary
        {
            type       	cyclicAMI;
            transform  	translational;
            neighbourPatch  w_t;
           
        }
       
        constructFrom   patches;
        patches         ( w_bo);

        
    }

);


// ************************************************************************* //
4.Run createPatch -overwrite
5. After the step 4. my constant/boundary file looks like:

Code:
/*--------------------------------*- C++ -*----------------------------------*\
| =========                 |                                                 |
| \\      /  F ield         | foam-extend: Open Source CFD                    |
|  \\    /   O peration     | Version:     4.0                                |
|   \\  /    A nd           | Web:         http://www.foam-extend.org         |
|    \\/     M anipulation  |                                                 |
\*---------------------------------------------------------------------------*/
FoamFile
{
    version     2.0;
    format      ascii;
    class       polyBoundaryMesh;
    location    "constant/polyMesh";
    object      boundary;
}
// * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * //

6
(
    w_r
    {
        type            wall;
        nFaces          40000;
        startFace       5820400;
    }
    w_l
    {
        type            wall;
        nFaces          40000;
        startFace       5860400;
    }
    w_f
    {
        type            cyclicAMI;
        nFaces          9800;
        startFace       5900400;
        transform       translational;
        neighbourPatch  w_k;
    }
    w_k
    {
        type            cyclicAMI;
        nFaces          9800;
        startFace       5910200;
        transform       translational;
        neighbourPatch  w_f;
    }
    w_t
    {
        type            cyclicAMI;
        nFaces          9800;
        startFace       5920000;
        transform       translational;
        neighbourPatch  w_b;
    }
    w_b
    {
        type            cyclicAMI;
        nFaces          9800;
        startFace       5929800;
        transform       translational;
        neighbourPatch  w_t;
    }
)


// ************************************************************************* //
6. Below are my fvSchemes
Code:
/*--------------------------------*- C++ -*----------------------------------*\
| =========                 |                                                 |
| \\      /  F ield         | foam-extend: Open Source CFD                    |
|  \\    /   O peration     | Version:     4.0                                |
|   \\  /    A nd           | Web:         http://www.foam-extend.org         |
|    \\/     M anipulation  |                                                 |
\*---------------------------------------------------------------------------*/
FoamFile
{
    version     2.0;
    format      ascii;
    class       dictionary;
    location    "system";
    object      fvSchemes;
}
// * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * //

ddtSchemes
{
    default         steadyState;
}

gradSchemes
{
    default         Gauss linear;
}

divSchemes
{
    default         Gauss linear;
    div(phi,U)      Gauss linear;
    div(phi,T)      Gauss linear;
    div(phi,k)      Gauss linear;
    div(phi,epsilon) Gauss linear;
    div(phi,R)      Gauss linear;
    div(R)          Gauss linear;
    div((nuEff*dev(T(grad(U))))) Gauss linear;
}

laplacianSchemes
{
    default         Gauss linear corrected;
    laplacian(nuEff,U) Gauss linear corrected;
    laplacian((1|A(U)),p) Gauss linear corrected;
    laplacian(kappaEff,T) Gauss linear corrected;
    laplacian(DkEff,k) Gauss linear corrected;
    laplacian(DepsilonEff,epsilon) Gauss linear corrected;
    laplacian(DREff,R) Gauss linear corrected;
}

interpolationSchemes
{
    default         linear;
}

snGradSchemes
{
    default         corrected;
}




*/

// ************************************************************************* //
fvSolution
Code:
/*--------------------------------*- C++ -*----------------------------------*\
| =========                 |                                                 |
| \\      /  F ield         | foam-extend: Open Source CFD                    |
|  \\    /   O peration     | Version:     4.0                                |
|   \\  /    A nd           | Web:         http://www.foam-extend.org         |
|    \\/     M anipulation  |                                                 |
\*---------------------------------------------------------------------------*/
FoamFile
{
    version     2.0;
    format      ascii;
    class       dictionary;
    location    "system";
    object      fvSolution;
}
// * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * //

solvers
{

  p
    {
        solver           GAMG;
        tolerance        1e-7;
        relTol           1e-3;

        smoother         GaussSeidel;

        cacheAgglomeration  true;
        nCellsInCoarsestLevel 10;
        agglomerator     faceAreaPair;
        mergeLevels      1;
    }

pFinal
    {
        $p;
        tolerance        1e-7;
        relTol           0;
    }



    U
    {
        solver          BiCGStab;
        preconditioner  DILU;
        minIter          1;
        maxIter          1000;
        tolerance        1e-7;
        relTol           0.0001;

    }

    T
    {
        solver          BiCGStab;
        preconditioner  DILU;
        minIter          0;
        maxIter          1000;
        tolerance        1e-7;
        relTol           0.0001;

    }

    k
    {
        solver          BiCGStab;
        preconditioner  DILU;
        tolerance       1e-05;
        relTol          0.1;
    }

    epsilon
    {
        solver          BiCGStab;
        preconditioner  DILU;
        tolerance       1e-05;
        relTol          0.1;
    }

    R
    {
        solver          BiCGStab;
        preconditioner  DILU;
        tolerance       1e-05;
        relTol          0.1;
    }
}

SIMPLE
{
    nNonOrthogonalCorrectors 0;
    pRefCell        0;
    pRefValue       0;
}

relaxationFactors
{
    rho             1;
    p               0.7;
    U               0.2;
    T               0.7;
    k               0.7;
    epsilon         0.7;
    R               0.7;
}



// ************************************************************************* //
7. The 0 Folder has:
a. 0/T
Code:
/*--------------------------------*- C++ -*----------------------------------*\
| =========                 |                                                 |
| \\      /  F ield         | foam-extend: Open Source CFD                    |
|  \\    /   O peration     | Version:     4.0                                |
|   \\  /    A nd           | Web:         http://www.foam-extend.org         |
|    \\/     M anipulation  |                                                 |
\*---------------------------------------------------------------------------*/
FoamFile
{
    version     2.0;
    format      ascii;
    class       volScalarField;
    object      T;
}
// * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * //

dimensions      [0 0 0 1 0 0 0];

internalField   uniform 300.5;

boundaryField
{
    w_l
    {
        type            fixedValue;
        value           uniform 301;

    }
    w_r
    {
        type            fixedValue;
        value           uniform 300;
    }
    ".*"
    {
        type            cyclicAMI;
        value    $internalField;
    }
}


// ************************************************************************* //
0/p
Code:
/*--------------------------------*- C++ -*----------------------------------*\
| =========                 |                                                 |
| \\      /  F ield         | foam-extend: Open Source CFD                    |
|  \\    /   O peration     | Version:     4.0                                |
|   \\  /    A nd           | Web:         http://www.foam-extend.org         |
|    \\/     M anipulation  |                                                 |
\*---------------------------------------------------------------------------*/
FoamFile
{
    version     2.0;
    format      ascii;
    class       volScalarField;
    object      p;
}
// * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * //

dimensions      [0 2 -2 0 0 0 0];

internalField   uniform 0;

boundaryField
{
    w_r
    {
        type            buoyantPressure;
        rho             rhok;
        value           uniform 0;
    }

    w_l
    {
        type            buoyantPressure;
        rho             rhok;
        value           uniform 0;
    }

    ".*"
    {
        type            cyclicAMI;
        rho             rhok;
        value $internalField;
    }
}


// ************************************************************************* //
0/U
Code:
/*--------------------------------*- C++ -*----------------------------------*\
| =========                 |                                                 |
| \\      /  F ield         | foam-extend: Open Source CFD                    |
|  \\    /   O peration     | Version:     4.0                                |
|   \\  /    A nd           | Web:         http://www.foam-extend.org         |
|    \\/     M anipulation  |                                                 |
\*---------------------------------------------------------------------------*/
FoamFile
{
    version     2.0;
    format      ascii;
    class       volVectorField;
    object      U;
}
// * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * //

dimensions      [0 1 -1 0 0 0 0];

internalField   uniform (0 0 0.01);

boundaryField
{
    w_l
    {
        type            fixedValue;
        value           uniform (0 0 0);
    }

    w_r
    {
        type            fixedValue;
        value           uniform (0 0 0);
    }

    w_f
    {
        type            cyclicAMI;
        value           $internalField;
    }
w_k
    {
        type            cyclicAMI;
        value           $internalField;
    }

w_t
    {
        type            cyclicAMI;
        value           $internalField;
    }

w_b
    {
        type            cyclicAMI;
        value           $internalField;
    }

}


// ************************************************************************* //
8. Run buoyantBoussinesqSimpleFoam
9. I get the error message below

Code:
/*---------------------------------------------------------------------------*\
| =========                 |                                                 |
| \\      /  F ield         | foam-extend: Open Source CFD                    |
|  \\    /   O peration     | Version:     4.0                                |
|   \\  /    A nd           | Web:         http://www.foam-extend.org         |
|    \\/     M anipulation  | For copyright notice see file Copyright         |
\*---------------------------------------------------------------------------*/
Build    : 4.0-efcc2b1b7df8
Exec     : buoyantBoussinesqSimpleFoam
Date     : Nov 27 2018
Time     : 09:15:57
Host     : hpc11
PID      : 19825
CtrlDict : "/home/manuchakkingal/foam/manuchakkingal-4.0/run/HOLLOW/werner/hex/system/controlDict"
Case     : /home/manuchakkingal/foam/manuchakkingal-4.0/run/HOLLOW/werner/hex
nProcs   : 1
SigFpe   : Enabling floating point exception trapping (FOAM_SIGFPE).

// * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * //
Create time

Create mesh for time = 0


SIMPLE: no convergence criteria found. Calculations will run for 50000 steps.


Reading g
Reading thermophysical properties

Reading field T

Reading field p

Reading field U

Reading/calculating face flux field phi

Selecting incompressible transport model Newtonian
Creating turbulence model

Selecting RAS turbulence model laminar
Calculating field beta*(g.h)


Starting time loop

--> FOAM Warning :
    From function timelineFunctionObject::timelineFunctionObject
    in file timelineFunctionObject/timelineFunctionObject.C at line 88
    No entry 'writeStartTime' in "::NusseltNumber_hot". Assuming 'no'
--> FOAM Warning :
    From function timelineFunctionObject::timelineFunctionObject
    in file timelineFunctionObject/timelineFunctionObject.C at line 88
    No entry 'writeStartTime' in "::NusseltNumber_cold". Assuming 'no'
--> FOAM Warning :
    From function dlLibraryTable::open(const dictionary& dict, const word& libsEntry, const TablePtr tablePtr)
    in file lnInclude/dlLibraryTableTemplates.C at line 67
    library "libsampling.so" did not introduce any new entries

Searching for probe point locations
Time = 1



--> FOAM FATAL ERROR:

    gradientInternalCoeffs cannot be called for a genericFvPatchField (actual type cyclicAMI)
    on patch w_f of field U in file "/home/manuchakkingal/foam/manuchakkingal-4.0/run/HOLLOW/werner/hex/0/U"
    You are probably trying to solve for a field with a generic boundary condition.

    From function genericFvPatchField<Type>::gradientInternalCoeffs() const
    in file fields/fvPatchFields/basic/generic/genericFvPatchField.C at line 832.

FOAM exiting
Threads used as reference

Periodic cyclic AMI + MRF crashing on pressure
problem with wallFunctions (kEpsilon model)

Can someone please help me to solve the same .


Thanks in advance

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