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# Exercises

## Exercise 1: Vertical Channel Flow

Problem Specification (pdf file)

## Exercise 2: Laminar Flow within Two Rotating Concentric Cylinders

#### Contributed by Prof. John Cimbala and Matthew Erdman, The Pennsylvania State University

Problem Specification (pdf file)

The video below shows how to use ANSYS Fluent to set up and solve a problem like this.

## Exercise 3: Laminar Pipe Flow

Consider developing ﬂow in a pipe of length L = 8 m, diameter D = 0.2 m, ρ = 1 kg/m3 , µ =2 × 10^−3 kg/m s, and entrance velocity u_in = 1 m/s (the conditions specified in the Problem Specification section). Use FLUENT with the "second-order upwind" scheme for momentum to solve for the ﬂowﬁeld on meshes of 100 × 5, 100 × 10 and 100 × 20 (axial divisions × radial divisions).

1. Plot the axial velocity proﬁles at the exit obtained from the three meshes. Also, plot the corresponding velocity proﬁle obtained from fully-developed pipe analysis. Indicate the equation you used to generate this proﬁle. In all, you should have four curves in a single plot. Use a legend to identify the various curves. Axial velocity u should be on the abscissa and r on the ordinate.

2. Calculate the shear stress Tau_xy at the wall in the fully-developed region for the three meshes. Calculate the corresponding value from fully-developed pipe analysis. For each mesh, calculate the % error relative to the analytical value. Include your results as a table: 3. At the exit of the pipe where the ﬂow is fully-developed, we can define the error in the centerline velocity as where u_c is the centerline value from FLUENT and u_exact is the corresponding exact (analytical) value. We expect the error to take the form where the coefficient K and power p depend upon the order of accuracy of the discretization. Using MATLAB, perform a linear least squares ﬁt of to obtain the coeﬃcients p and K. Plot ϵ vs. ∆r (using symbols) on a log-log plot. Add a line corresponding to the least-squares ﬁt to this plot.

Hint: In FLUENT, you can write out the data in any "XY" plot to a ﬁle by selecting the "Write to File" option in the Solution XY Plot menu. Then click on Write and enter a ﬁlename. You can strip the headers and footers in this ﬁle and read this into MATLAB as column data using the load function in MATLAB.

4. Let's see how p changes when using a ﬁrst-order accurate discretization. In FLUENT, use "ﬁrst-order upwind" scheme for momentum to solve for the ﬂowﬁeld on the three meshes. Repeat the calculation of coeﬃcients p and K as above. Add this ϵ vs. ∆r data (using symbols) to the above log-log plot. Add a line corresponding to the least-squares ﬁt to this plot. In all, you should have four curves on this plot (two each for second- and ﬁrst-order discretization). Make sure you include an appropriate legend in the ﬁgure.

Contrast the value of p obtained in the two cases and brieﬂy explain your results (2-3sentences).

Hint: To interpret your results, you should keep in mind that the ﬁrst or second-order upwind discretization applies only to the inertia terms in the momentum equation. The discretization of the viscous terms is always second-order accurate.