Droplet


1. Create Case

After opening SimFlow, we will create a new case named droplet

1. Go to New panel
2. Provide name droplet
3. Click Create Case to open new project

2. Meshing parameters

We will start by creating a 2D mesh. This can be accomplished by choosing the Plate type as the background mesh.

1. Go to Hex Meshing panel
2. Go to Base tab
3. Select Plate as a Base Mesh Type
4. Define minimum and maximum extend
Min [m] 0 0
Max [m] 0.5 0.5
5. Define the number of divisions
Division 80 80
6. Change boundary type to wall for all background mesh boundaries

3. Start Meshing Process

Now we are ready to create our simple mesh.

1. Go to Mesh tab
2. Press the Mesh button to start meshing process

4. Mesh

After the meshing process is finished the mesh should appear in the graphics window.

1. Click ViewXY or press [CTRL+F1] to orient view plane
2. Click Fit View to zoom the geometry

5. Create Geometry – Droplet

To indicate the initial shape of the droplet we will use cylinder geometry.

1. Go to Geometry panel
2. Select Create Cylinder
3. Change geometry name from cylinder_1 to droplet
4. Set the origin
Origin[m] 0.25 0.4 -0.1
5. Set the cylinder dimensions
Length[m] 0.2
Radius[m] 0.025

6. Create Geometry – Water

Additionally, we would like the droplet to fall down into the tank partially filled by water. To fill the bottom part of the domain with the water we will add another geometry.

1. Add a new geometry by clicking Create Box
2. Change geometry name from box_1 to water
3. Set the origin and box dimensions
Origin[m] 0 0 -0.1
Dimensions [m] 0.5 0.2 0.2

7. Create Geometry – Water Refinement

To be able to better resolve water behavior, we will create an area with a higher mesh resolution. To do this, we will add two more box geometries.

1. Select Create Box
2. Change geometry name from box_1 to water_refinement
3. Set the origin and box dimensions
Origin[m] 0 0 -0.1
Dimensions [m] 0.5 0.3 0.2

8. Create Geometry – Droplet Refinement

The second refinement box will be located at the path of the falling droplet.

1. Select Create Box
2. Change geometry name from box_1 to droplet_refinement
3. Set the origin and box dimensions
Origin[m] 0.2 0.3 -0.1
Dimensions [m] 0.1 0.2 0.2

9. Refine Mesh (I)

1. Go to Mesh panel
2. Expand the Options list next to default region
3. Select Refine

10. Refine Mesh (II)

1. Check the refinement regions
droplet_refinement
water_refinement

2. Uncheck the Z axis in Refinement Directions
3. Click Refine

11. Refine Mesh – Geometry Check

Check the refinement region by hiding the geometries and displaying mesh.

1. Click Graphic Object List
2. Uncheck Geometry

To hide the Graphics Objects panel press the Esc key.

12. Select Solver

To analyze water behavior we will use Inter (interFoam) solver. This solver designed to model two-phase flow with interface capturing capabilities.

1. Go to SETUP panel
2. Select Transient filter
3. Select Multiphase model filter
4. Pick Inter (interFoam) solver
5. Select solver

13. Transport Properties - Water

Now we will define the transport properties for both fluids.

1. Go to Transport Properties panel
2. Change phase name from phase1 to water
3. Open Material Database
4. Pick up water from the list
5. Click Apply

14. Transport Properties - Air

Repeat this step for phase2 using air properties.

1. Change phase name from phase2 to air
2. Open Material Database
3. Pick up air from the list
4. Click Apply

15. Operating Conditions - Gravity

1. Go to Operating Conditions panel
2. Define gravitational acceleration along negative Y-axis
g[m/s2] 0 -9.81 0

16. Initial Conditions – Droplet

We will use the droplet geometry to select the region where water phase fraction should be initially applied.

1. Go to Initial Conditions panel
2. Switch to Patch tab
3. Enable initialization on droplet
4. ExpandFields list
5. Select water fraction for initialization
6. Set initial value of water to 1

17. Initial Conditions – Water

Repeat the step for water geometry.

1. Enable initialization on water
2. Expand Fields list
3. Select water fraction for initialization
4. Set initial value of water to 1

18. Monitors – Create Slice

During calculation, we can observe intermediate results on a section plane. To add sampling data on a plane we need to define plane properties and also select variables that will be sampled. Note that runtime post-processing can only be defined before starting calculations and can not be changed later on.

1. Go to Monitors panel
2. Switch to Sampling tab
3. Select Create Slice
4. Expand Fields list
5. Check U and water

19. Run - Time Controls

For any simulation, it is very convenient to let the solver automatically determine the proper time step value. To use this option we need to define time step constraints by providing the initial time step(adjusted by the solver during computations), maximal time step value and the Courant number. In our case, we will reduce the default Courant number for better stability and quality.

1. Go to RUN panel
2. Change Time Stepping to Automatic
3. Set initial time step, time step limit and Courant number accordingly
Initial Δt [s] 5e-03
Max Δt [s] 0.1
Max Co 0.5

20. Run - Output

It is very important to control when results should be stored on the hard drive. This is especially important for the transient simulations where users are interested in the whole flow history saved as a collection of the snapshots.

1. Switch to Output tab
2. Set Write Control Interval [s] to 0.02
(solver will store results on the hard drive every 0.02 second of the simulation)

21. Run - CPU

To speed up the calculation process increase the number of CPUs basing on your PC capability. The free version allows you to use only 2 processors in parallel mode. To get the full version, you can use the contact form to Request 30-day Trial

Estimated computation time for 2 processors: 2 minutes

1. Switch to CPU tab
2. Use parallel mode
3. Increase the Number of processors
4. Click Run Simulation button

22. Results

When calculations will begin SimFlow automatically will switch view to the Residuals tab, where we can observe the convergence of our simulation. This is very handy for steady-state simulations when we try reaching low residuals levels. In case of transient simulation, we would rather like to see how our flow develops as simulation time progress.

1. Switch to Slices tab
2. Choose alpha.water field
3. Click Adjust range to data
4. Play with an animation buttons to track the results of analysis

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