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Introductory FLUENT Notes


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Introduction to CFD Analysis

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What is CFD?

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is the science of predicting


fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, chemical reactions, and related
phenomena by solving numerically the set of governing mathematical
equations.

The results of CFD analyses are relevant in:

Conservation of mass, momentum, energy, species, ...


conceptual studies of new designs
detailed product development
troubleshooting
redesign

CFD analysis complements testing and experimentation.

Reduces the total effort required in the experiment design and data
acquisition

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How does CFD work?

FLUENT solvers are based on the

Fluid region of
pipe flow is
discretized into a
finite set of
control volumes
(mesh).

finite volume method.

Domain is discretized into a


control
volume
finite set of control volumes
or cells.
General conservation (transport) equation
for mass, momentum, energy, etc.:

dV V dA dA S dV

t V
A
A
V
unsteady

convection

diffusion

generation

Eqn.
continuity
x-mom.
y-mom.
energy

1
u
v
h

Partial differential equations are discretized into a system of algebraic


equations.
All algebraic equations are then solved numerically to render the solution field.
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CFD Modeling Overview


Solver
Equations solved on mesh
Pre-Processing

Solid
Modeler

Mesh
Generator

Transport Equations

mass

Solver
Settings

Physical Models

Post-Processing

momentum
energy

Equation of State
Supporting Physical Models

species mass fraction


phasic volume fraction

Turbulence
Combustion
Radiation
Multiphase
Phase Change
Moving Zones
Moving Mesh

Material Properties
Boundary Conditions
Initial Conditions

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CFD Analysis: Basic Steps

Problem Identification and Pre-Processing


1. Define your modeling goals.
2. Identify the domain you will model.
3. Design and create the grid.
Solver Execution
4. Set up the numerical model.
5. Compute and monitor the solution.
Post-Processing
6. Examine the results.
7. Consider revisions to the model.

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Define Your Modeling Goals

Problem Identification and Pre-Processing


1. Define your modeling goals.
2. Identify the domain you will model.
3. Design and create the grid.

What results are you looking for, and how will they be used?

What are your modeling options?

What physical models will need to be included in your analysis?


What simplifying assumptions do you have to make?
What simplifying assumptions can you make?
Do you require a unique modeling capability?

User-defined functions (written in C) in FLUENT 6


User-defined subroutines (written in FORTRAN) in FLUENT 4.5

What degree of accuracy is required?


How quickly do you need the results?

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Identify the Domain You Will Model

Cyclone
Riser

How will you isolate a piece of the


complete physical system?
Where will the computational domain begin
and end?

Gas

Problem Identification and Pre-Processing


1. Define your modeling goals.
2. Identify the domain you will model.
3. Design and create the grid

Do you have boundary condition


information at these boundaries?
Can the boundary condition types
accommodate that information?
Can you extend the domain to a point where
reasonable data exists?

Can it be simplified or approximated as a


2D or axisymmetric problem?

L-valve
Gas

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Example: Cyclone Separator

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Design and Create the Grid

Problem Identification and Pre-Processing


1. Define your modeling goals.
2. Identify the domain you will model.
3. Design and create the grid.

Can you benefit from Mixsim, Icepak, or Airpak?


Can you use a quad/hex grid or should you
use a tri/tet grid or hybrid grid?

triangle

quadrilateral

What degree of grid resolution is required in


each region of the domain?

tetrahedron

hexahedron

Is the resolution sufficient for the geometry?


Can you predict regions with high gradients?
Will you use adaption to add resolution?

Do you have sufficient computer memory?

pyramid

How complex is the geometry and flow?


Will you need a non-conformal interface?

How many cells are required?


How many models will be used?

prism/wedge
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Tri/Tet vs. Quad/Hex Meshes

For simple geometries, quad/hex


meshes can provide higher-quality
solutions with fewer cells than a
comparable tri/tet mesh.

Align the gridlines with the flow.

For complex geometries, quad/hex


meshes show no numerical
advantage, and you can save
meshing effort by using a tri/tet
mesh.

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Hybrid Mesh Example

Valve port grid

tet mesh

Specific regions can be


meshed with different
cell types.
Both efficiency and
accuracy are enhanced
relative to a hexahedral
or tetrahedral mesh
alone.
Tools for hybrid mesh
generation are available
in Gambit and TGrid.

hex mesh

wedge mesh
Hybrid mesh for an
IC engine valve port
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Non-Conformal Mesh Example

Nonconformal mesh: mesh in which grid nodes do not match up along an


interface.

Useful for parts-swapping for design study, etc.


Helpful for meshing complex geometries.

Example:

3D Film Cooling Problem

Coolant is injected into a duct


from a plenum

Plenum is meshed with


tetrahedral cells.
Duct is meshed with
hexahedral cells.

Plenum part can be replaced with new


geometry with reduced meshing effort.
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Set Up the Numerical Model

Solver Execution
4. Set up the numerical model.
5. Compute and monitor the solution.

For a given problem, you will need to:

Select appropriate physical models.

Define material properties.

Solving initially in 2D will


provide valuable experience
with the models and solver
settings for your problem in a
short amount of time.

Turbulence, combustion, multiphase, etc.


Fluid
Solid
Mixture

Prescribe operating conditions.


Prescribe boundary conditions at all
boundary zones.
Provide an initial solution.
Set up solver controls.
Set up convergence monitors.

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Compute the Solution

Solver Execution
4. Set up the numerical model.
5. Compute and monitor the solution.

The discretized conservation equations are


solved iteratively.

A number of iterations are usually required to


reach a converged solution.

Convergence is reached when:

Changes in solution variables from one iteration


to the next are negligible.

A converged and gridindependent solution on a


well-posed problem will
provide useful engineering
results!

Residuals provide a mechanism to help


monitor this trend.

Overall property conservation is achieved.

The accuracy of a converged solution is


dependent upon:

Appropriateness and accuracy of physical models.


Grid resolution and independence
Problem setup
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Examine the Results

Post-Processing
6. Examine the results.
7. Consider revisions to the model.

Examine the results to review solution and


extract useful data.

Visualization Tools can be used to answer


such questions as:

Examine results to ensure


property conservation and
correct physical behavior.
High residuals may be
attributable to only a few
cells of poor quality.

What is the overall flow pattern?


Is there separation?
Where do shocks, shear layers, etc. form?
Are key flow features being resolved?

Numerical Reporting Tools can be used to


calculate quantitative results:

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Forces and Moments


Average heat transfer coefficients
Surface and Volume integrated quantities
Flux Balances

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Consider Revisions to the Model

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6. Examine the results.
7. Consider revisions to the model.

Are physical models appropriate?

Are boundary conditions correct?

Is flow turbulent?
Is flow unsteady?
Are there compressibility effects?
Are there 3D effects?
Is the computational domain large enough?
Are boundary conditions appropriate?
Are boundary values reasonable?

Is grid adequate?

Can grid be adapted to improve results?


Does solution change significantly with
adaption, or is the solution grid independent?
Does boundary resolution need to be improved?
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FLUENT DEMO

Startup Gambit (Pre-processing)

Startup Fluent (Solver Execution)

load database
define boundary zones
export mesh
GUI
Problem Setup
Solve

Post-Processing

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