Project case : meshing sensitivity

Numerical simulations                        


          meshing sensitivity

The mesh has to be qualified. The results must be independent from the mesh, so the results can be valid and used for further analysis.

Three different meshes have be chosen to the "mesh convergence". Here follows the total number of elements for each one.

Mesh number Total number of elements
1 31 013
2 115 142
3 306 814


The most interessant regions are the ones where the fuel is more likely to evaporate: the region, separated  between the two baffles, which defined one part of the geometry's bottom.
The following picture shows the geometry, the velocity on a slice and the line along where the mesh sensitivity is done.


Figure: Velocity on the slice geometry and line over which the sensitivity will be done


The mesh sensitivity along this line brings up to the light that the mesh used is not the best one. The maximal velocity (Position = 0.1m)  is obviously not the same for the different meshes. Although, the velocity elsewhere along the line seems to be good for both mesh 2 and 3. Mesh 1 can not be used for an analysis because it gives strange results for the maximal velocity. On the other hand, mesh 2 and 3 have a parabolic shape which is what it's expected for a flow between two walls.  Even if these two meshes seem to be good they are not perfect.

Although for a matter of time and CPU capacity, it has been here chosen to go on with mesh number 3.














Figure: mesh sensitivity along the white line


This study underlines the fact that the mesh is not ideal. But we are not pretending to have perfect results. the project's goal is to set up a path which can be used for further analysis.