April 3, 2020 at 10:20 pmnepomnyiSubscriber
Hello dear ANSYS community.
I am performing mass conservation check for my ANSYS FLUENT 2019R2 air-water 3D flow simulation in vertical pipe (done with Eulerian model).
I ran my simulation --> during the simulation there wasn't reversed flow at the outlet --> once the simulation was completed I compared mass flow rates at the inlet and at the outlet.
I got that the magnitudes of the mass flow rates were almost the same (within the accepted tolerance region) - but they had different signs!
My flow is laminar and vertical (mostly one directional - though it is 3D). My pipe is aligned with the Y axis. My flow is in the positive Y direction. Therefore my mass flow rates must be positive. Still my mass flow rate at the inlet is positive and my mass flow rate at the outlet is negative - but their magnitudes are equal.
My boundary conditions are:
- pressure outlet
- velocity inlet (I specified velocity as "magnitude, normal to the boundary" - I am pretty sure that's the problem because outward normal vectors for the inlet and outlet boundaries are obviously in the opposite directions).
I was wondering if anybody could help me please to understand whether it is some sort of ANSYS technical issue or my simulation is wrong and I do in fact have reversed flow at the outlet.
I am ready to provide additional information upon request.
Thank you in advance.
April 6, 2020 at 3:22 amKeyur KanadeAnsys Employee
it shows you got good mass balance.
the -ve sign for mass flow rate at outlet is - flow going out of domain.
+ve sign at inlet - flow in coming into the domain.
please go through help document.
If this helps, please mark this post as 'Is Solution' to help others.
April 6, 2020 at 3:38 amnepomnyiSubscriber
@kkande thank you very much!
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