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dimitri.vanreeth
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How to create internal water volume for fountain?

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03-24-2014 09:36 AM

Hello,

I'm trying to simulate the working of a fountain, using Autodesk Simulation CFD 2014.
I've already designed the fountain in Inventor 2014.

But I don't know how I can create the internal volume for this?
Or does anyone has a good tutorial for this?

Thanks

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wildej
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Re: How to create internal water volume for fountain?

03-24-2014 12:18 PM in reply to: dimitri.vanreeth

Is there an internal volume or is this going to overflow?



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dimitri.vanreeth
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Re: How to create internal water volume for fountain?

03-24-2014 12:36 PM in reply to: dimitri.vanreeth
It's going to overflow.

So the water will go through the pump, in to the tubes & let it overflow at the top.
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wildej
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Re: How to create internal water volume for fountain?

03-24-2014 01:01 PM in reply to: dimitri.vanreeth

OK so there is no internal volume as such, this is a free surface analysis. Fill the water as high as you need it initially (with a part in CAD), then pump more in through some sort of inlet beneath.
Also model an air domain, which is actually going to be meshed and needs to be meshed really well where the water will fall. You will actually set the air to be a water material, all is explained in the guide.

 

This Free Surface link should contain all you need.

 

Please post some images once it is working!

 

Jon



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dimitri.vanreeth
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Re: How to create internal water volume for fountain?

03-25-2014 12:04 PM in reply to: dimitri.vanreeth

Well I've been trying by using the tutorial to get the fountain to work, but I think I'm doing something wrong because I can't mesh it.
I'm completely new to this program, but I need to use it for a project in the university.

Everything I've done is in de screenshot below.

Thank you for the fast replies!

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Royce_adsk
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Re: How to create internal water volume for fountain?

03-25-2014 12:20 PM in reply to: dimitri.vanreeth

Hi!

Would you be willing to post your CAD file so we can show you what you need to modify?  Easier to just show sometimes and would be a good learning opportunity for the forum community.

 

Thanks!



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dimitri.vanreeth
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Re: How to create internal water volume for fountain?

03-25-2014 12:39 PM in reply to: dimitri.vanreeth

I've added the CAD files in the attachements. 

I have a simplified model (without the pump and wall) and a complete model.

I've created the simplified model to make the simulation easier, but in the end I also want to simulate the complete model.

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Re: How to create internal water volume for fountain?

03-28-2014 05:34 AM in reply to: dimitri.vanreeth

I still can't get it to work..

Does somebody has an idea on what I have to change on my CAD-model?

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wildej
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Re: How to create internal water volume for fountain?

03-28-2014 05:54 AM in reply to: dimitri.vanreeth

Hi Dimitri,

 

You need to model the air that the water will be within also - did you have a chance to read the guide that was posted?

 

Something like this. Then we can just make the water inlet here.

 

Air.png

 

The model would be set up with everything suppressed apart from the volume - which we call 'water' but as we do not assign a Height Of Fluid Initial Condition to it, this will act as air initially. 

At the back we have a flow rate where the water will enter (I guessed 10 l/min) and I also left a P=0 on the very top. 

 

Use a refinement region or similar where the water will flow

 

Region.png

 

 

Turn on Free Surface and set the Gravity direction. Turning on the free surface will ensure that water enters at the condition we applied at the rear.

Once you switch this on, the solution will switch to transient, this is fine. We may need to reduce the timestep size but try it as is for now.

 

This is it meshed, with the suppressed parts turned back on and shaded. I also right clicked to show the Free Surface - which is just about entering the pipe at the rear.

 

Free Surface.png

 

We will likely need more mesh but I will leave that to you.

 

Does that help?

 

Jon



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wildej
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Re: How to create internal water volume for fountain?

03-28-2014 07:45 AM in reply to: wildej

Starting to fill, I do think it needs more (and really more localised) mesh but this should run OK

 

Water entering the top chamber.png



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