Pseudo-2D Adaptive Mesh Refinement

2D meshing, pimpleFoam, adaptive mesh refinement, function objects, fvOptions


The adaptive mesh refinement (AMR) method is a common strategy for significant numerical investigations, including phenomena that have to be reasonably resolved (mesh density). Using the AMR functionality, OpenFOAM® allows one to refine only the regions of interest. This training case models a pseudo-2D situation, which means that the dynamic mesh refinement library from OpenFOAM® can only handle real 3D problems. It is worth to mention that a real 2D adaptive mesh refinement engine exists in the »blastFoam« library published by Synthetic Applied Technologies.

The AMR library of OpenFOAM® can only be used for 3D cases

The training case provided by Tobias Holzmann takes the adaptive (automatic) mesh refinement into account. However, due to the fact that OpenFOAM® does not offer a 2D adaptive mesh refinement, this case is a pseudo-2D case. The dynamic mesh library refines the numerical cells that meet a defined criterion during the simulation; here, a passive scalar value is used. As mentioned before, the »blastFoam« library comes with a real 2D mesh refinement library.

Image: Passive scalar tracer for adaptive mesh refinement trigger
Image: Passive scalar tracer around the cylinder
Image: Passive scalar with vortex shedding

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The available OpenFOAM® training cases are tested and built for different OpenFOAM® versions (not distributions) on a Linux machine. During the tests, only the OpenFOAM Foundation version of OpenFOAM® was used. Furthermore, the following software packages are required for most of the training cases: Salome®, ParaView®, and for optimization tasks, one also needs the open-source software DAKOTA®. The OpenFOAM® cases might work with the ESI version of OpenFOAM® but it is not supported. For the OpenFOAM® extend project, the training cases will probably not work as the code diverged too much. Additionally, there is no support for Windows-based and MAC-based OpenFOAM® versions.


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