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?
Solved! Go to Solution.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
We will likely need more mesh but I will leave that to you.
Does that help?