In quasi-one-dimensional flow for this converging diverging nozzle, we expect that the Mach number at the inlet will be subsonic and accelerating until, at the minimum nozzle area (the throat), the flow becomes sonic with M = 1. Since the nozzle starts to diverge, the fluid will continue accelerating until the exit, where it continues as supersonic. The Mach number at the end of the nozzle can be calculated in the equations below. The diameters of the end and throat area were converted to area using formula (1) and compared using formula (2) to find the Mach number using isentropic flow tables.

The resulting Mach number at the end of the nozzle is found to be 4.15, which confirms that the exit flow is supersonic.


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Now that we have the pre-calculations, we are ready begin simulating in ANSYS AIM. Open ANSYS AIM by going to Start > All Apps > ANSYS 18.1 > ANSYS AIM 18.1. Once you are at the starting page of AIM, select the Fluid Flow template as shown below.

 You will be prompted by the Fluid Flow template to either Define new geometry, Import geometry file, or Connect to active CAD session. Select Import geometry file and press Next.

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