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7.27.1 Overview of Fixing the Value of a Variable

The ability to fix the value of a variable has a wide range of applications. The velocity fixing method is often used to model the flow in stirred tanks. This approach provides an alternative to the use of a rotating reference frame (solution in the reference frame of the blade) and can be used to model baffled tanks. In both 2D and 3D geometries, a fluid cell zone may be used in the impeller regions, and velocity components can be fixed based on measured data.

Although the actual impeller geometry can be modeled and the flow pattern calculated using the sliding mesh model, experimental data for the velocity profile in the outflow region are available for many impeller types. If you do not need to know the details of the flow around the blades for your problem, you can model the impeller by fixing the experimentally-obtained liquid velocities in its outflow zone. The velocities in the rest of the vessel can then be calculated using this fixed velocity profile as a boundary condition. Figure  7.27.1 shows an example of how this method is used to model the flow pattern created by a disk-turbine in an axisymmetric stirred vessel.

Figure 7.27.1: Fixing Values for the Flow in a Stirred Tank

Variables That Can Be Fixed

The variables that can be fixed include velocity components (pressure-based segregated solver only), turbulence quantities, temperature (pressure-based solver only), enthalpy, species mass fractions (pressure-based solver only), and user-defined scalars. For turbulence quantities, different values can be set depending on your choice of turbulence model. You can fix the value of the temperature in a fluid or solid zone if you are solving the energy equation. If you are using the non-premixed combustion model, you can fix the enthalpy in a fluid zone. If you have more than one species in your model, you can specify fixed values for the species mass fractions for each individual species except the last one you defined. See the separate UDF Manual for details about defining user-defined scalars.

If you are using the Eulerian multiphase model, you can fix the values of velocity components and (depending on which multiphase turbulence model you are using) turbulence quantities on a per-phase basis. See Section  23.9.8 for details about setting boundary conditions for Eulerian multiphase calculations.

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