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Old   October 4, 2018, 04:44
Default Simulation of a retention filter basin as a beginner
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Hello everyone,

I'm student and got the offer to write my master thesis about a cfd simulation of a retention filter basin with OpenFOAM.
The Simulation shall include one run under free water level conditions (water + air) and a second run including the particles. Below are some screenshots of the planned geometry. I also shall investigate the effect of guide plates within the feed gutter.

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Now I've never really worked with OpenFOAM (just doing some tutorial stuff and so on) and have no C++ skills.
My question to you is if anyone can tell how hard it is to do a simulation of such an object (finding the rights boundary conditions, equation solver etc.) and if it's realistic for me to get this done?
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I dont understand why is it important to have the air phase in the simulation
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Well me neither.. it's just that I've already got the results of this simulation from another office and they said it like that in their final report. But like I said, I am new to OpenFOAM and quite new to CFD simulations so this is not the important part for now.
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I cannot guarantee you'll scape from having to program something if you use OF, or any other cfd software for that matter... what i can assure you is that is doable, and doesnt require a phd level work, granted that some assumptions are made. Mi initial suggestion would be to use VOF (air+water) just to get a 3D shape of your free surface. Fron there you consteuct your grud based on that surface.
I would even use a shallow water model to get the free surface, and a oid resolving the air phase entirely. You are interested in the dynamics over the porous bed anyway
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