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Old   November 14, 2019, 01:26
Default Overset meshing with rotational periodic BC for a wind turbine blade
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I am working on CFD simulation of a wind turbine blade using STAR CCM+. I am using overset meshing; I made my mesh in Pointwise for the background (180 deg. segment with degenerate line "axis") and the blade (O-grid). Then I imported the volume meshes to STAR CCM+. I used sliding mesh technique to let the blade mesh (O-grid) rotate alongside two rotational periodic faces have a common line "axis". I checked the overset cell status and it was very nice as shown in the attached snapshots after switching the overset interpolation option from "Linear" to "Distance Weighted" as Linear gave an error when I initialized the interface. However, after one time-step (1 deg.), I got an error message telling me that 50 in-active faces are found in the background region. Do anyone here can help me to solve this problem ?

By the way, I set "axis" boundary condition to the degenerate line of the background mesh with the 180 deg. slice. Is that correct or not?

I uploaded some snapshots to help anyone to figure the problem out.

Thank you in advance.
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Old   November 14, 2019, 01:28
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These two snapshots illustrate the error message after only one time step (1 degree of rotation)
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Old   November 14, 2019, 12:15
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Hello Islam,

I had the same problems and fixed them following these steps.

For transient problems with moving bodies, set the time step such that the movement of the overset region within one time step meets the following conditions:
*When the time integration is set to the 1st-order Euler scheme, the maximum movement is the smallest cell in the overlapping zone.
*When the time integration is set to the 2nd-order implicit time integration scheme, the maximum movement is half the smallest cell size in the overlapping zone.

Hope it helps.

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Old   December 2, 2019, 01:05
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Hello dmirel,

Thank you so much for your reply. I am very grateful for your help. I agree with your answer but the problem in my case was in the definition of the motion as I have defined a motion for the blade mesh only. However, when periodic boundary conditions is employed, one should define the motion for both, the background and the blade.Now, the problem is solved after I set the motion to the background mesh too.

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