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Old   May 14, 2019, 05:14
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Howdy Folks:

I am wondering if it is possible to apply the externalCoupled boundary condition on different boundaries for different variables.

As a hypothetical example, I have a simple round pipe (three boundaries), for which I have velocity, pressure and temperature fields (as functions of position and time) for the boundaries from an external code. Effectively, I would like to have the following boundary assignments:

inlet: externalCoupled velocity (zeroGradient pressure and temperature)
outlet: externalCoupled pressure (zeroGradient velocity and temperature)
pipe wall: externalCoupled temperature (noSlip velocity and zeroGradient pressure)

So I have two questions ...

1) do I need to keep a separate comms directory (i.e. patchPoints / patchFaces) for each of the variable, or can I use a common comms directory where all patchPoints / patchFaces for all boundaries are included? (I believe it is a yes, but I would like to have a second opinion / confirmation).

2) Is it possible to prescribe velocity and pressure as externalCoupled at both the inlet and outlet? The solver will eventually be compressible so it should be possible, but my experience / gut feeling tells me otherwise.

Thanks in advance, Gerry.
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Hi Gerry, I am facing the same problem as you. I need to couple two boundary patches for different variables. Have you solved this problem?
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Dear Jiang:

Kind of. I was busy with other things at the moment so I haven't got time to work on it. But again, I am building a new boundary condition based on that, which complicates matter a lot (and it forced me to go through the source code, and admittedly it was a very steep learning curve).

If you are just looking to couple OpenFOAM with another solver via file I/O as-is, the tutorial that came with OpenFOAM should be able to show you how to set it up. Of course you will need to write the file I/O interface.

Hope that helps, Gerry.
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