# Circular cylinder delayed separation on star-ccm+

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 March 5, 2010, 10:45 Circular cylinder delayed separation on star-ccm+ #1 Senior Member   lore Join Date: Mar 2010 Location: Italy Posts: 460 Rep Power: 17 Hi everybody, I just registered. I'm running a simulation on a finite lenght circular cylinder on star ccm+. This simulation will be used to assess some wind tunnel data I collected on the same model. In my experimental tests I obtained a separation line on the lateral surface of the cylinder located at about 80° from the frontal stagnation point. The separation line on star ccm is located at about 100°. This results in a lower drag coefficient. I've already reduced the free stream turbulence to 0.001 but the issue persists. The flow seems to be too turbulent and that's pobably the cause of the delayed separation. How can I solve the situation? Thanx!

 March 5, 2010, 11:22 #2 Senior Member   Join Date: Apr 2009 Posts: 145 Rep Power: 16 Not sure what your setup is in terms of models and boundary layer mesh density, which also play a role; but have you experimented with the Gamma ReTheta Transition Model?

 March 5, 2010, 11:25 #3 Senior Member   lore Join Date: Mar 2010 Location: Italy Posts: 460 Rep Power: 17 That's what I'm trying right now. Thank you, I'll get back to you!

 March 8, 2010, 09:09 #4 Senior Member   lore Join Date: Mar 2010 Location: Italy Posts: 460 Rep Power: 17 Nothing seems to work well, separation is still at 100 deg from stagnation point. Any idea? Thanx

 March 9, 2010, 11:50 #5 Senior Member   Join Date: Apr 2009 Posts: 145 Rep Power: 16 Give us details on your physics models, your mesh, especially in the boundary layer, and your boundary conditions.

 March 9, 2010, 12:03 #6 Senior Member   lore Join Date: Mar 2010 Location: Italy Posts: 460 Rep Power: 17 Free stream velocity=20m/s Cylinder diameter=0.06m Cylinder height=0.18m 10 layers of prism layer mesh K-omega model + Theta Re Omega Thanx

 March 9, 2010, 17:24 #7 Senior Member   Join Date: Apr 2009 Posts: 145 Rep Power: 16 Reynolds number suggests it should be as you say (sanity check). How are you defining "separation" in Star-CCM? I'm guessing the reason Gamma ReTheta doesn't work for you is because it's not trivial to setup. So, let's go back a step; as a check, in your physics model, try suppressing turbulence over your entire cylinder boundary. Here's what I would try for the mesh: cell size: 0.00075m prism layer stretching mode: wall thickness stretching/layers: 1.5/15 near wall thickness: 0.0001m prism layer thickness: 0.05*diameter