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Old   June 28, 2017, 14:33
Default Unstable results in steady state solver
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Dear friends,

I'm using SimpleFoam solver. As you probably know, simpleFoam is steadystate solver, but when I simulate my model I saw unstable response and I have oscillation.

I've checked all boundary conditions and grid.

My question is that, what should I do to see stable results?

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Old   December 4, 2020, 03:00
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If your geometry is creating a turbulent wake for example, it is quite possible there is no "one steady solution".
For a rough guess general geometry (sharp edges), courantnumber, Reynoldsnumber might be a good idea to look at.
Also the iteration time step(assuming that you are using openfoam) might be a good place to vary.

Sorry for the vague answer but that's what I in general would look at based on the question.
Good luck
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Old   December 4, 2020, 06:08
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Just to expand on fritznieb's response - if the flow solution is not steady, then there is no steady solution. Think of vortex shedding behind a cylinder for example - steady oncoming flow, but an unsteady wake flow as fritznieb describes. With a very coarse mesh, you might smooth out the unsteadiness through numerical diffusion; but the more accurate you make the modelling, the less artificial stability is introduced into the model and any unsteadiness in the solution will start to express itself through a limit-cycle type of behaviour.

To get the "steady" behaviour, or more accurately a time-averaged set of results, you'd need to run as transient and then field average over a sufficient number of periods of cycle.

What is the flow that you're trying to simulate, out of interest?
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