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jw22 June 28, 2011 11:35

Mesh independence issues with wall shear stress

I'm simulating steady flow through a rigid tube, so it should be quite straightforward to get mesh independent wall shear stress results, but I've been getting about a 10% change for each successive mesh where I cut the base size in half. I've gone up to a mesh with 600,000 cells, but the solution still isn't converging, and my laptop can't handle larger meshes. Perhaps my mesh isn't optimally set up? I'm using a polyhedral mesh with 10 prism layers. I'd appreciate it if someone familiar with this problem could help, thanks!

- Jay

abdul099 July 10, 2011 06:21

To get a mesh independent solution, a very, very fine mesh is needed. For example, with 10 prims layers you will obviously not be able to resolve the boundary layer as good as with 20 prism layers - and with that low number, it makes a difference whether you are using 10 more or less.

So you might have done all right but expecting the wrong result. Get rid of the idea, you could get a mesh independend solution with 600,000 cells. Most cfd-simulations are perfomed with a mesh which isn't fine enough to get a mesh independend solution. It up to the performing engineer to judge whether the errors are acceptable or not.

But I don't understand why your laptop can't handle bigger meshes. How old is it? You need approximately 1GB / million cells, and even my IBM T43 from 2005 has 2GB memory. And today, memory cost's nearly nothing!

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