Step 3: Specify Boundary Types in GAMBIT

We'll label the boundary AFE as farfield1, ABDE as farfield2 and the airfoil surface as airfoil. Recall that these will be the names that show up under boundary zones when the mesh is read into FLUENT.

Group Edges

We'll create groups of edges and then create boundary entities from these groups.

First, we will group AF and EF together.

Operation Toolpad > Geometry Command Button > Group Command Button > Create Group

Select Edges and enter farfield1 for Label, which is the name of the group. Select the edges AF and EF.

Note that GAMBIT adds the edge to the list as it is selected in the GUI.

Click Apply.

In the transcript window, you will see the message "Created group: farfield1 group".

Similarly, create the other two farfield groups. You should have created a total of three groups:

Group Name

Edges in Group








HI,IG,HJ,JG (name might vary)

Define Boundary Types

Now that we have grouped each of the edges into the desired groups, we can assign appropriate boundary types to these groups.

Operation Toolpad > Zones Command Button > Specify Boundary Types

Under Entity, select Groups.

Select any edge belonging to the airfoil surface and that will select the airfoil group. Next to Name:, enter airfoil. Leave the Type as WALL.

Click Apply.

In the Transcript Window, you will see a message saying "Created Boundary entity: airfoil".

Similarly, create boundary entities corresponding to farfield1, farfield2 and farfield3 groups. Set Type to Velocity-Inlet for farfield1 and farfield2. Set Type to Pressure-Outlet for farfield3.

Save Your Work

Main Menu > File > Save

Export Mesh

Main Menu > File > Export > Mesh...

Save the file as airfoil.msh.

Make sure that the Export 2d Mesh option is selected.

Check to make sure that the file is created.

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