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Is my flow simulation setup correctly?

Question asked by Scott Rosoff on Aug 3, 2015
Latest reply on Aug 10, 2015 by Amit Katz



I'm trying to find the head loss/pressure drop across an open channel for a specified flow rate. The picture below shows how the system looks.



Basically water flows through the left face, and has to go around a bunch of these glass rods, and exits out the other face.



  • Left face is an inlet with specified volumetric flow rate
  • Right face is specified to be environmental pressure
  • Surface goals are set up to be the average static pressure at inlet, and average static pressure at outlet
  • The rods are glass, so I set up a wall condition on them to have a roughness of 5 microinches (found this number online)
  • The base and "roof" of the system are steel, so they have a roughness of 200 microinches





I then run an internal analysis, and find that the pressure difference/head loss between the inlet and outlet is about .82 psi, which is way too high (it should be around .20 psi). This number doesn't change much if I change the roughness of the glass rods. However, if I specify 0 roughness for the glass rods, the head loss is around .20 psi, which is strange.



So, my questions are: Am I doing something wrong in my setup here? How can I diagnose this issue of having too high of a number? Is it possible that the glass rods aren't even recognized, and water's flowing straight through them?