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Old   August 28, 2021, 07:53
Default Grid Independence Study, how to start?
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Hey guys,

for my steadyState multiRegion case I would like to perform a grid convergence study. The case is a flow around an object.

I have never done that before, so I am a bit confused on how to start. I was thinking about first doing a coarse grid and then two finer grids. The question is: what about adding layers near the wall?
Am I first doing a study without any layers, find the best mesh and then do another study to find the right amount of layers??
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Old   August 30, 2021, 07:49
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You are right to be cautious here - essentially you have two different grid effects that you are discussing here:
1. Wall resolution of the boundary layer(s); this is dependent primarily on the cell y+ values, but also potentially their shape (are you running RANS, LES, ... ?).
2. Grid resolution of the flow (and scalar) gradients in the main body of the flow.

The nature of your test case (aerofoil flow? bluff body separation? mixing vessel? etc etc) will determine the relative importance of the above two effects. Have a think about what is dominant in your flow, and make sure you test these independently (eg keep wall y+ fixed while you vary the mesh size in the interior of the flow, or vice versa), since otherwise it will get very confusing for you. Good luck!
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