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ckroener April 1, 2010 09:22

interFoam: strange pressure with high fluid viscosity?

I want to model a visco-plastic fluid (using OpenFOAM-1.6.x), therefore i need to handle high viscosities. When I take for example the damBreak tutorial and just increase the viscosity of the fluid to nu [ 0 2 -1 0 0 0 0 ] 1e3,
my pressure field gives very strange values (0.05s and 0.10s):

I have tried to use a finer grid, and to increade the number of nCorrectors, and to decrease the tolerance values for the pressure solver.

It seems to be a problem with the interface, if i change the viscosity of the second fluid to the same viscosity, my pressure field looks fine.

What should I change to get a stable pressure field?


sega April 1, 2010 18:15

What does the velocity field look like in these cases?

ckroener April 6, 2010 05:54

the velocity field
This is how the velocity field looks like:

Time 0.05s, scale factor for vectors: 500

Time: 0.1s, scale factor 5:

I have uploaded the case here:

The problem seems to be in the air phase?

Tanks a lot!

sega April 7, 2010 13:51

As far as I know the CSF model for calculating the forces due to surface tension may have some problems when dealing with high density ratios.

In addition with high viscosity ratio you may run in even more problems.

Keeping in mind that the Navier-Stokes-Equations are solved with weighted average values for density \rho = \rho_1 \cdot \gamma + (1-\gamma)\rho_2 and vicosity \nu= \nu_1 \cdot \gamma + (1-\gamma)\nu_2 I'm picturing the situation in my head like the following:

The water column (\gamma=1, the visco-plastic fluid in your case) starts to move and generates high values (due to the high density and viscosity) for most of the terms in the Navier-Stokes-Equations.
These "high" forces act on the air-phase (\gamma=0) and since it incorporates very low (in comparison) values for density and viscosity has to maintain the force balance by creating high velocities.

Correct me if I'm wrong. I'm aware that this is not very usefull for you, but maybe it's good for some brainstorming ...

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