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July 5, 2006, 10:04 
Hi all,
I met the error as

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Hi all,
I met the error as follows when I run buoyantFoam case after I add the Sp() function as my source term in rhoEn. Could anybody help me this matter? Thanks so much. The error is: > FOAM FATAL ERROR : Maximum number of iterations exceeded From function specieThermo<thermo>::T(scalar f, scalar T0, scalar (specieThermo<thermo>::*F)(const scalar) const, scalar (specieThermo<thermo>::*dFdT)(const scalar) const) const in file /home/liu/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM1.2/src/thermophysicalModels/specie/lnInclude/specie ThermoI.H at line 83. FOAM aborting 

February 13, 2007, 03:11 
Hi Guoxiang,
I have the sam

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Hi Guoxiang,
I have the same problem, how did u solve it? thanks, Rita 

February 13, 2007, 04:55 
My guess, is that your source

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My guess, is that your source term is triggering a divergent solution, which increases continuously the temperature. Once your T0 goes too high (I am not sure, but something like 5000K is the limit of the implemented thermodynamic properties) you get the error. What you can do very fast, is to modify the maxIter_ from 100 to something larger. Another thing is to modify the tolerance tol_ from 1.0e4 to something higher (1.0e3 or so), but this is not a good advice.
If you really need such high temperatures, like Rita, then I think you have to implement yourself the polynomials for the thermodynamic properties of your fluid. Dragos 

February 13, 2007, 14:48 
Dragos,
In which file is th

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Dragos,
In which file is the maxIter_ value ?... sometimes I think it's necessary increase the maximum of iteration number. Thanks. Cesar. 

February 14, 2007, 03:46 
Hi Cesar,
grep r maxIter_

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Hi Cesar,
grep r maxIter_ OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM1.3/src/thermophysicalModels/specie lnInclude/specieThermo.C:const int specieThermo<thermo>::maxIter_ = 100; lnInclude/specieThermo.H: static const int maxIter_; lnInclude/specieThermoI.H: if (iter++ > maxIter_) thermo/specieThermo/specieThermo.C:const int specieThermo<thermo>::maxIter_ = 100; thermo/specieThermo/specieThermo.H: static const int maxIter_; thermo/specieThermo/specieThermoI.H: if (iter++ > maxIter_) So, you can change the value in: specieThermo.C It might be a bit different in version 1.2, as you have, but it should be simmilar. But I suggest to have a check for the residuals first. If they grow, than you have a divergent solution, and increasing the maxIter_ will not help. Dragos 

February 20, 2007, 07:28 
Hej Dragos,
Could u give me

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Hej Dragos,
Could u give me some hint about implemention the polynomials for the thermodynamic properties of my fluid? I'm using Buoyancy case for Argon gas with teperature from 300 K upto 20 000K:  Name Argon  nMoles 1.0 molecularWeight 39.948 deltaH 1.0499e+05 viscosity 3.4079e5 Pr 0.65  Thank u so much, Rita 

February 20, 2007, 10:17 
Hi Rita,
I'm not too much of

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Hi Rita,
I'm not too much of help here. You can take a look in the OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM1.3/src/thermophysicalModels for details. Though, one sugestion I can make: try to use janafThermo instead of hConstThermo, if you have access to janaf tables. Dragos 

February 20, 2007, 10:39 
Hi Dragos,
I have looked in

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Hi Dragos,
I have looked in it before. It didn't help to much. I'm not familiar with programming in OpenFOAM. I can't understand where here is introduced the limit of temperature. Do you have any suggestions? thank u, Rita 

January 17, 2010, 10:35 
Maximum number of iterations exceeded

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Hi same thing I came across too.....
This problem came when I was using the number of interval more than 150 or so, in gambit, the exported mesh to OpenFoam was showing that error message i. e ..Maximum number of iterations exceeded..bla bla....... before this it was running upto clock time 5 or 6 and than the error message. If I change the mesh intervals, the clock time of getting that massage had been changing accordingly. When I change the mesh intervals in gambit in 100 it worked i.e upto requried time ( ..which I had set in controlDict ..... Conclusion : change (decrease) the mess interval count in gambit. the exported mesh shall let u find the way.... thanks 

July 16, 2013, 07:30 

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I was able to solve this problem by using 1st order scheme for temporal discretization


August 25, 2013, 08:17 
error of maximum no of iteration exceeded ..

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helo ,
i got the same error of maximum no of iteration exceeded as posted above by many . i tried to solve it by changing residuel, time step etc whatever is suggested above but still m getting the same error . can anybody plz suggust me whr i am wrong ??? thanks in advance .(i am doin my simulation in rhopimple solver ) 

August 25, 2013, 10:48 

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Hello,
I suppose you might be using second order schemes for temporal discretization, I had this error with 2nd order. When I switched to 1st order (euler) the error never popped up. 

March 4, 2014, 10:11 

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Hello Rahul,
I am using chtMultiRegionSimpleFoam and facing the same issue. I have tried changing ddtScheme to "Euler" which is first order implicit scheme. Could you please guide me if I need to change anything else?
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March 5, 2014, 00:37 

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Hi,
For me it worked fine only by changing to euler, however I recently changed newton solver to brent solver for temperature calculation and now it works completely fine. Regards, Rahul 

July 7, 2015, 21:03 

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Hello,
I am also currently having that problem, picture attached below. I have changed the script in thermo.C for the max iterations to a much larger number. I cannot find the specieThermo.C script though. I also have increased the tolerance in the thermo.C script. I believe my script is in Euler form, as it states in the fvSchemes folder. (Is that where I need to change it to Euler or is there another thing I'm missing?) I am also using the function: sonicFoam. As a side note, even when I changed the max iterations and tolerance numbers in the thermo.C script, the program still ended at the exact same time: 2.67835e05 and produced the same error message. Can anyone help me fix my error? Thank you so much, ~Michu 

July 8, 2015, 05:34 

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Hi Michu,
You can find the the script in here OpenFOAM2.2.0/src/thermophysicalModels/specie/thermo/thermo/thermoI.H In this file Newton solver (Line no. 41  88) is utilized to calculate the T. I implemented brent solver and now that problem is solved. 

July 8, 2015, 06:32 

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Hello srahul,
Thank you for responding and helping. I am still a little confused. Previously I changed the ThermoI.H script through the thermophysical Models/specie/lnInclude but when I changed the script in that directory, somehow the script ThermoI.H in the thermophysicalModels/specie/thermo/thermo directory also changed. (Just something weird I noticed). When I changed line 64: if (iter++ > maxIter_) to this: if (iter++ > 100000000000000000000) the program still provided the problem shown in my image above. My coding is a little rusty so sorry if this seems simple, but I thought the problem is the maximum iterations. Do I also have to change line 80: } while (mag(Tnew  Test) > Ttol); in order to fix this problem? Is there something else I should also change? Thank you for your help, ~Michu 

August 7, 2015, 03:22 

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Hi all,
When you make a change in the scripts, do you have to reload openfoam or something for the changes in the script to take place? Like if I changed the max temperature from 100 to 100000 in the script. Will that automatically change the way sonicFoam works, or will I have to do something like click a button that says apply update? Thank you, ~Michu 

October 28, 2015, 15:09 
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I had this problem also using RhoCentralFoam and this were my remedial options:
1. Switched ON adjustableTimeStep in the controlDict and choose maxCo as preferred. 2. Reduced the timeStep more with adjustableTImeStep =OFF; The problem was resolved.. 

November 27, 2015, 21:15 

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Hi
I've been chasing the same problem for a while and found it popping up with different solvers, different circumstances. I get the "maximum number of iteration exceeded" error when running constant transport model. When I switch to Suderland, I get a different error but also called from thermo::calculate. The function that triggers the "maximum number of iteration exceeded" error calculates the temperature field given the value of a thermodynamic function and its derivative vrt temperature using Newton formula. The thing is, I'm using epsiThermo model with a perfect gas, that means the internal energy, e, is temperature times Cv, the function is linear and the Newton algorithm should get it in one iteration. Something is wrong here, 

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