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 sami_lakka March 5, 2009 10:09

I'm testing OpenFoam for a sim

I'm testing OpenFoam for a simple pipe flow case which consists from inlet, sudden contraction and outlet. The flow is laminar and I use icoFoam-solver.

My B.C for U is fixedValue (1) for inlet and zeroGradient for outlet.

B.C for pressure is zeroGradient for inlet and fixedValue (0) for outlet.

I would expect the flow speed to increase in the contraction but it is the same as in the inlet. I'm probably making a stupid mistake with boundary conditions so could somebody point out my mistake so I can go and cry in the corner.

 santos March 5, 2009 10:23

Your BCs seem correct. What ab

Regards,
Jose Santos

 sami_lakka March 5, 2009 10:36

Walls are fixed value 0 for U

Walls are fixed value 0 for U and zero gradient for p.

Here is the complete B.C definition (for U):

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

internalField uniform (0 0 0);

boundaryField
{
inlet
{
type fixedValue;
value uniform (0.088419 0 0);
}

outlet
{
}

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

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

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

frontAndBack
{
type empty;
}
}

And for p:

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

internalField uniform 0;

boundaryField
{
inlet
{
}

outlet
{
type fixedValue;
value uniform 0;
}

beforeNozzle
{
}

afterNozzle
{
}

nozzle
{
}

frontAndBack
{
type empty;
}
}

 santos March 5, 2009 14:50

Could you post a picture of yo

Could you post a picture of your results? Its hard to figure out what could be wrong in your setup.

Regards,
Jose Santos

 sami_lakka March 6, 2009 05:10

I managed to solve this. It wa

I managed to solve this. It was an error in my paraFoam visualization. I hadn't chosen a time step when I loaded the case. Instead I just pressed accept when paraFoam loaded. When I selected a time step using the slider the visualization shows correct values. Whatever the logic is behind this, I don't understand it.

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