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Old   April 1, 2014, 05:58
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hello everyone,

I am working on an imported surface mesh generated by ANSA.
Importation is ok.
Then volume meshing with STARCCM+ is ok and when I check the mesh, no problem.
Then I put all my boundary conditions, models etc (these same conditions and models were ok on another case) then I directly have an overflow and the run stops. Then I have a message telling me that 2 cells have negative volume, how can it be possible if before launching the case, I had no errors?
Do someone kno how to deal with that?
Thank you very much.
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Old   April 1, 2014, 09:01
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did you do a mesh diagnostics after volume meshing, since this will report any negative volume cells - nothing to do with physics and boundary settings
so it could be cured earlier but the solve does not like them and does a check before iterating
use a threshold to find out where they are and preferably refine the mesh locally to rid them. otherwise use the remove invalid cell tool
i would alway suggest surface meshing again in starccm+ as a start before volume meshing and you will probably find the problem cells are where the mesh from ansa was not well made
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Old   April 1, 2014, 14:35
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One possible explanation is that the negative volume cells come directly after initialisation: if you have interfaces in your model then the interface matching is done during the initialisation and that matching could create negative volume cells. Big intersection tolerances (propery of the interface) could generate negative volume cells.
Another possibility: matching is between two surfaces with a great difference in cell size.
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Old   April 3, 2014, 02:51
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Hi Christine,

Have you checked the mesh in ANSA for negative elements?
Check>Mesh>Negative Volume
Does ANSA report anything?

Also do you have very small and large elements, for example
very thin high aspect ratio layers.
ANSA generates the mesh with double precision accuracy.
In such a case you would need to start Star in double precision also
as rounding up xyz coordinates may lead in negative elements
that did not really exist

Hope this helps

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Old   April 4, 2014, 06:48
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Thank you all of you for your replies.
The check before running was ok, no errors reported; it's only after initalisation that problems occured. I have checked the mesh at the interfaces and indeed, there was too big differences between cells; I think problem was coming from that.
I have a new geometry now and I hope I won't have the same problem again.
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