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Old   June 10, 2019, 06:56
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Hello Foamers,
i am making 2D airfoil simulation (transient simualtion using pimpleFoam ) and i want to know when to stop the simualation ?


Someone told me an answer that i have to calculate L = U*n*dt and compare it to my domain but i didnt understand why? or from where did he get that formula!


can you please help me with this



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Old   June 11, 2019, 03:20
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Hi Iosiola,

since you did not mention your setup in detail I can only give you some general remarks:

1) First watch your residuals, a simuation with residuals lower 1e-04 for pressure and momentum is in the industrial sense well converged

2) More important: Watch your physics, which means monitor the forces of your blade or some points in the wake of your blade. If the integral forces reach saturation on a steady flow regime, they get constant, if the regime is per se unsteady, the reassamble kind of a periodic behaviour. At this stage, you can only observer proper statistics by sampling over 2 periods.

3) L = U*n*dt. I guess your colleague meant by this formula in words: how many times the flow passes through the domain. From enginnering point of view there are some "rule of thumbs" about that, depending on your setup. For channel flow, people say you need 5-10 L or fan simulation 5. As I mentioned, these are only rule of thumbs. So WATCH YOUR PHYSICS -> see point 2

4) Another integral value I do often choose for observing the point of saturation is the integral of the turbulent kinetic energy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turbulence_kinetic_energy) over the whole domain. After certain time steps it shows off as kind of constant or perdiodic bevahiour. This monitoring parameter is more phyiscal to me, since all the velolicty fluctuations are used.

So, I hope this helps you out,
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