I've been trying to simulate the fluid motion within a gearbox. I have two helical gears with a prescribed angular motion. I continue to receive this error despite what I do:
"The Analysis has stopped because the Solver has exited unexpectedly."
The model meshes fine. After meshing and initializing, my output bar contains the following:
Control file processing complete
Check Out motion License: Successful
2 Moving Solids found
Mesh input complete
Processing results input...
Results input complete
Processing BC input ...
Computing restart BC data...
Calculating BC data structures...
Calculate wall distance for 127754 fluid nodes
Wall distance calculation don in (0 + 1) seconds. Max distance = 1.63889
I've tried both refining and coarsening the mesh. I've modified the gap refinement properties. I've made the fluid and gear meshes uniform. My computer has 8GB if RAM and a Quaddro 4000 graphics card. Any thoughts as to what might be going wrong?
Thanks in advance
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This could be down to any number of things but here are a few suggestions.
1) Move the gears along their axis, out of the model in CAD and use linear + angluar in CFD. The linear part to move them back into position and the angular as before. This way you can turn on the mesh enhancement and achieve a nice boundary layer around the walls
2) You may wish to add refinement regions to the fluid within CAD. Perhaps around the walls if you have a leakage path and certainly where the teeth mesh
3) Give the solids coarse mesh and just refine their surfaces. I would not use gap refinement here, as the gap dimensions are perpetually changing
4) Run with ADV 2 - typically the best for motion
5) Use a very small timestep - how many degrees of movement are you seeing with each step as it is now?
6) What fluid are you using? It might be worth switching the solver to compressible (under Physics), even though you are likely running with some incompressible fluid
Have you considered running a simpler 2D analysis initially, to help you get the right setup and an idea of the level of mesh you will require?