# Unstable results in steady state solver

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 June 28, 2017, 14:33 Unstable results in steady state solver #1 New Member   Ali Join Date: Jun 2017 Posts: 2 Rep Power: 0 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? Appreciate.

 December 4, 2020, 03:00 #2 New Member   Fritz Nieborowski Join Date: Nov 2020 Posts: 2 Rep Power: 0 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

 December 4, 2020, 06:08 #3 Senior Member   Join Date: Apr 2020 Location: UK Posts: 672 Rep Power: 14 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?