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Defining a non-zero starting velocity for natural-convection models

Question asked by David Maxham on Sep 18, 2012
Latest reply on Sep 18, 2012 by Chris Michalski

When running a natural convection model, especially with many cells, the solver takes a long time for the early iterations.  Once the iteration number reaches say 30 or so, the solver proceeds much faster.  I think that if I were to set a non-zero starting velocity for the fluid cells the solver would iterate faster.  The ability to set a starting velocity is default in Flotherm, where the starting velocity for natural convection models is 0.2 m/s.

 

Can a starting velocity be set with Flow Simulation?  If so, how?  Please note - I'm not asking about setting an initial velocity, which is where there is a prescribed flow field, but how to set a starting velocity so that the solver can iterate faster for natural convection models.

 

David

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