ANSYS Fluent in ANSYS Workbench User's Guide

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Table of Contents
Using This Manual ........................................................................................................................................ v 1. The Contents of This Manual ................................................................................................................ v 2. The Contents of the Fluent Manuals ..................................................................................................... v 3. Typographical Conventions ................................................................................................................. vi 4. Technical Support .............................................................................................................................. vii 1. Getting Started With Fluent in Workbench ............................................................................................. 1 1.1. Introduction to Workbench ............................................................................................................... 1 1.1.1. Limitations ............................................................................................................................... 2 1.2. The Workbench Graphical User Interface ........................................................................................... 2 1.3. Creating Fluent-Based Systems ......................................................................................................... 4 1.3.1. Creating Fluent-Based Analysis Systems ................................................................................... 4 1.3.2. Creating Fluent-Based Component Systems .............................................................................. 7 1.4. Understanding Cell States with Fluent in Workbench ......................................................................... 8 1.5. Starting Fluent in Workbench ............................................................................................................ 9 1.5.1. Starting Fluent from a Fluent-Based System .............................................................................. 9 1.5.2. Specifying Fluent Launcher Settings Within Workbench .......................................................... 10 1.5.2.1. Specifying Fluent Launcher Settings Using Cell Properties .............................................. 10 1.5.2.2. Copying Fluent Launcher Property Settings ................................................................... 16 1.5.3. Specifying Other Setup and Solution Cell Settings .................................................................. 16 1.6. Registering and Unregistering Startup Scheme Files ........................................................................ 17 1.7. Saving Your Work in Fluent with Workbench .................................................................................... 17 1.8. Exiting Fluent and Workbench ......................................................................................................... 18 1.9. An Example of a Fluent Analysis in Workbench ................................................................................ 19 1.10. Getting Help for Fluent in Workbench ............................................................................................ 22 2. Working With Fluent in Workbench ...................................................................................................... 25 2.1. Importing Mesh, Case, and Data Files ............................................................................................... 25 2.2. Using the Update Command ........................................................................................................... 28 2.3. Refreshing Fluent Input Data ........................................................................................................... 31 2.4. Reloading Setup Data and Synchronizing Fluent with Workbench .................................................... 32 2.5. Deleting Solution and Setup Cell Data for Fluent-Based Systems ...................................................... 32 2.5.1. Using the Clear Generated Data Command from the Solution Cell of Fluent-Based Systems ..... 32 2.5.2. Using the Reset Command from the Setup and Solution Cells of Fluent-Based Systems ............ 33 2.5.3. Using the Clear Old Solution Data Command from the Solution Cells of Fluent-Based Systems ............................................................................................................................................... 33 2.6. Interrupting, Restarting, and Continuing a Calculation ..................................................................... 33 2.7. Monitoring Fluent Solutions in Workbench ...................................................................................... 36 2.8. Connecting Systems in Workbench ................................................................................................. 39 2.8.1. Connecting Systems by Dragging and Dropping a System from the Toolbox onto Another System ........................................................................................................................................... 41 2.8.2. Connecting Systems By Dragging and Dropping Fluent-Based Solution Cells Onto Other Systems ............................................................................................................................................... 43 2.9. Duplicating Fluent-Based Systems ................................................................................................... 45 2.10. Reviewing Mesh Manipulation Operations in Fluent ...................................................................... 45 2.11. Changing the Settings and Mesh in Fluent ..................................................................................... 50 2.11.1. Changing Case and Mesh Settings Before Beginning a Calculation ........................................ 51 2.11.2. Changing Case and Mesh Settings After a Calculation Has Started ......................................... 52 2.12. Case Modification Strategies with Fluent and Workbench .............................................................. 55 2.13. Working With Input and Output Parameters in Workbench ............................................................ 57 2.14. Viewing Your Fluent Data Using ANSYS CFD-Post ........................................................................... 58 2.15. Understanding the File Structure for Fluent in Workbench ............................................................. 60
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Fluent in Workbench User's Guide 2.15.1. Fluent File Naming in Workbench ......................................................................................... 63 2.16. Working with ANSYS Licensing ...................................................................................................... 64 2.16.1. Shared Licensing Mode ........................................................................................................ 65 2.17. Using Fluent With the Remote Solve Manager (RSM) ...................................................................... 65 2.18. Using Custom Systems .................................................................................................................. 65 2.19. Using Journaling and Scripting with Fluent in Workbench .............................................................. 66 2.20. Performing System Coupling Simulations Using Fluent in Workbench ............................................ 67 2.20.1. Supported Capabilities and Limitations ................................................................................ 67 2.20.2. Variables Available for System Coupling ................................................................................ 69 2.20.3. System Coupling Related Settings in Fluent .......................................................................... 70 2.20.4. How Fluent’s Execution is Affected by System Couplings ....................................................... 71 2.20.5. Restarting Fluent Analyses as Part of System Couplings ......................................................... 72 2.20.5.1. Generating Fluent Restart Files ..................................................................................... 72 2.20.5.2. Specify a Restart Point in Fluent ................................................................................... 72 2.20.5.3. Making Changes in Fluent Before Restarting ................................................................ 73 2.20.5.4. Recovering the Fluent Restart Point after a Workbench Crash ....................................... 73 2.20.6. System Coupling case with Fluent using Patched Data .......................................................... 74 2.20.7. Running Fluent as a System Coupling Participant from the Command Line ............................ 74 2.20.8. Troubleshooting Two-Way Coupled Analysis Problems .......................................................... 75 2.20.9. Product Licensing Considerations when using System Coupling ............................................ 75 2.21. Performing Fluent and Ansoft Coupling in Workbench ................................................................... 76 2.21.1. One–Way Coupling Between Ansoft and Fluent Within Workbench ....................................... 76 2.21.2. Two–Way Coupling Between Ansoft and Fluent Within Workbench ....................................... 78 2.21.3. Handling Coupling Iterations Between Ansoft and Fluent ...................................................... 80 3. Getting Started With Fluent Meshing in Workbench ............................................................................ 83 3.1. Limitations ..................................................................................................................................... 83 3.2. Creating Fluent Meshing Component Systems ................................................................................ 84 3.3. Understanding Cell States with Fluent Meshing in Workbench ......................................................... 85 3.4. Starting Fluent (in Meshing Mode or Solution Mode) in Workbench ................................................. 85 3.5. Saving Your Work in Fluent Meshing with Workbench ...................................................................... 87 3.6. Exiting Fluent Meshing and Workbench .......................................................................................... 87 3.7. An Example of a Fluent Meshing Analysis in Workbench .................................................................. 87 3.8. Getting Help for Fluent Meshing in Workbench ............................................................................... 89 A.The Fluent Menu Under Workbench ......................................................................................................... 91 A.1. File/Refresh Input Data ................................................................................................................. 91 A.2. File/Save Project ........................................................................................................................... 91 A.3. File/Reload Setup ......................................................................................................................... 91 A.4. File/Sync Workbench .................................................................................................................... 91 A.5. File/Import/Mesh... ....................................................................................................................... 92 A.6. File/Import/Case... ........................................................................................................................ 92 A.7. File/Import/Data... ........................................................................................................................ 92 A.8. File/Import/Case and Data... ......................................................................................................... 92 A.9. File/Export/... ................................................................................................................................ 92 A.10. File/EM Mapping/Volumetric Energy Source... ............................................................................... 93 A.10.1. Maxwell Mapping Volumetric Dialog Box .............................................................................. 93 A.11. File/EM Mapping/Surface Energy Source... ..................................................................................... 94 A.11.1. Maxwell Mapping Surface Dialog Box ................................................................................... 94 A.12. Mesh/Recorded Mesh Operations... ........................................................................................... 95 A.13. File/Close Without Save .............................................................................................................. 95 Index .......................................................................................................................................................... 97

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Using This Manual
This preface is divided into the following sections: 1.The Contents of This Manual 2.The Contents of the Fluent Manuals 3.Typographical Conventions 4.Technical Support

1. The Contents of This Manual
This document provides information about using the Fluent application within Workbench. A brief description of what is in each chapter follows: • Getting Started With Fluent in Workbench (p. 1), describes an overview of Fluent within Workbench. • Working With Fluent in Workbench (p. 25), describes the details of using Fluent within Workbench. • Appendix A (p. 91), describes the differences in the Fluent File menu within Workbench.

2. The Contents of the Fluent Manuals
The manuals listed below form the Fluent product documentation set. They include descriptions of the procedures, commands, and theoretical details needed to use Fluent products. • Fluent Getting Started Guide contains general information about getting started with using Fluent and provides details about starting, running, and exiting the program. • Fluent Migration Manual contains information about transitioning from the previous release of Fluent, including details about new features, solution changes, and text command list changes. • Fluent User's Guide contains detailed information about running a simulation using the solution mode of Fluent, including information about the user interface, reading and writing files, defining boundary conditions, setting up physical models, calculating a solution, and analyzing your results. • ANSYS Fluent Meshing User's Guide contains detailed information about creating 3D meshes using the meshing mode of Fluent. • Fluent in Workbench User's Guide contains information about getting started with and using Fluent within the Workbench environment. • Fluent Theory Guide contains reference information for how the physical models are implemented in Fluent. • Fluent UDF Manual contains information about writing and using user-defined functions (UDFs). • Fluent Tutorial Guide contains a number of examples of various flow problems with detailed instructions, commentary, and postprocessing of results. • ANSYS Fluent Meshing Tutorials contains a number of examples of general mesh-generation techniques used in ANSYS Fluent Meshing.

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Using This Manual Tutorials for release 15.0 are available on the ANSYS Customer Portal. To access tutorials and their input files on the ANSYS Customer Portal, go to http://support.ansys.com/training. • Fluent Text Command List contains a brief description of each of the commands in Fluent’s solution mode text interface. • ANSYS Fluent Meshing Text Command List contains a brief description of each of the commands in Fluent’s meshing mode text interface. • Fluent Adjoint Solver Module Manual contains information about the background and usage of Fluent's Adjoint Solver Module that allows you to obtain detailed sensitivity data for the performance of a fluid system. • Fluent Battery Module Manual contains information about the background and usage of Fluent's Battery Module that allows you to analyze the behavior of electric batteries. • Fluent Continuous Fiber Module Manual contains information about the background and usage of Fluent's Continuous Fiber Module that allows you to analyze the behavior of fiber flow, fiber properties, and coupling between fibers and the surrounding fluid due to the strong interaction that exists between the fibers and the surrounding gas. • Fluent Fuel Cell Modules Manual contains information about the background and the usage of two separate add-on fuel cell models for Fluent that allow you to model polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFC), solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), and electrolysis with Fluent. • Fluent Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) Module Manual contains information about the background and usage of Fluent's Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) Module that allows you to analyze the behavior of electrically conducting fluid flow under the influence of constant (DC) or oscillating (AC) electromagnetic fields. • Fluent Population Balance Module Manual contains information about the background and usage of Fluent's Population Balance Module that allows you to analyze multiphase flows involving size distributions where particle population (as well as momentum, mass, and energy) require a balance equation. • Fluent as a Server User's Guide contains information about the usage of Fluent as a Server which allows you to connect to a Fluent session and issue commands from a remote client application. • Running Fluent Under LSF contains information about using Fluent with Platform Computing’s LSF software, a distributed computing resource management tool. • Running Fluent Under PBS Professional contains information about using Fluent with Altair PBS Professional, an open workload management tool for local and distributed environments. • Running Fluent Under SGE contains information about using Fluent with Sun Grid Engine (SGE) software, a distributed computing resource management tool.

3. Typographical Conventions
Several typographical conventions are used in this manual’s text to facilitate your learning process. • Different type styles are used to indicate graphical user interface menu items and text interface menu items (for example, Iso-Surface dialog box, surface/iso-surface command).

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Chapter 1: Getting Started With Fluent in Workbench This document is designed to provide information about using Fluent within ANSYS Workbench. For instance. performing a second order analysis starting from the solution obtained from a first order analysis. you can modify the shared geometry once and then update the results for both systems with a single mouse click without having to open the ANSYS Meshing application or Fluent. 1 . ANSYS Fluent or CFX (for setting up and solving fluid dynamics analyses). Some examples of when this is useful include: performing a reacting flow analysis starting from the solution obtained from a cold flow analysis. Creating Fluent-Based Systems 1.8.0 .10. Some basic information about using Workbench is provided here. but their data is part of the Workbench project and is automatically saved and shared with other applications as needed. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. you can interact with workspaces that are native to Workbench. Saving Your Work in Fluent with Workbench 1. Workbench allows you to construct projects composed of multiple dependent systems that can be updated sequentially based on a workflow defined by the project schematic. and ANSYS CFD-Post (for postprocessing the results). Starting Fluent in Workbench 1. Workbench also allows you to copy systems in order to efficiently perform and compare multiple similar analyses. Inc. Getting Help for Fluent in Workbench 1.© SAS IP. you can construct a project using two connected Fluent-based systems where the two systems share the same geometry and mesh. Exiting Fluent and Workbench 1. An Example of a Fluent Analysis in Workbench 1. Workbench also provides a parametric modeling capabilities in conjunction Release 15. When you have two systems connected in this way.7.4.5.2. In Workbench.9. In addition.1. This makes the process of creating and running a CFD simulation more streamlined and efficient.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. and the second system uses data from the first system as its initial solution data. All rights reserved. a project is composed of a group of systems. 1. This chapter provides some basic instructions for getting started with using Fluent in Workbench. but the majority of the information about using Workbench can be found in the Workbench on-line documentation.3. Applications that can be accessed from Workbench include: ANSYS DesignModeler (for geometry creation). Introduction to Workbench 1. and you can launch applications that are data-integrated with Workbench (such as ANSYS Fluent or CFX). Registering and Unregistering Startup Scheme Files 1. Introduction to Workbench ANSYS Workbench combines access to ANSYS applications with utilities that manage the product workflow. The project is driven by a schematic workflow that manages the connections between the systems. From the schematic. Inc.6. ANSYS Meshing (for mesh generation). . such as Design Exploration (parameters and design points).1. and performing a transient simulation starting from the solution obtained from a steady-state analysis.The Workbench Graphical User Interface 1. Data-integrated applications have separate interfaces. Understanding Cell States with Fluent in Workbench 1.

• Graphical user interface (GUI) journal files in Fluent 15. or aliases. For more information. 2 . On Linux. Germany).1.1.2. you should first open Fluent using the Setup cell of the Fluid Flow (Fluent) analysis system in order for Fluent to be aware of the upstream mesh changes (for example. file read-case. the coupling is supported for Red Hat 5. Limitations 1. the Project Schematic. The Workbench Graphical User Interface The Workbench graphical user interface (Figure 1.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. renaming a surface). and its subsidiaries and affiliates. 3)) consists of the Toolbox. f read-case. • The coupling between Ansoft and Fluent in Workbench is not supported on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10.1. 1. • Under Workbench. The most common way Release 15.1 that contain Fluent GUI commands may need to be recreated if they fail due to a change in the Fluent graphical user interface or a string used therein. numeric fields will not accept a comma at all.© SAS IP. Workbench journal files (*. All rights reserved. ANSYS Workbench accepts commas as decimal delimiters.0 or version 12. when making any changes to the mesh using ANSYS Meshing (for example.1: The Workbench Graphical User Interface (p. but may ignore everything after the comma. the Microsoft Job Scheduler cannot be used to run Fluent in serial. . Currently.1. however f rc cannot be used.0 are not backwards compatible. the Fluent simulation workflow does not support this type of change. for reading case and data files for Fluent in Workbench are disabled by design. and f r-c can be used. • The text user interface (TUI) shortcuts. environment variable.0). Note ANSYS Fluent only allows a period to be used as a decimal separator. For example. • Changing the meshing method to "Assembly Meshing" methods (for example. see the following section: 1. CutCell) from other meshing methods may not preserve the previously defined contact regions. If your system is set to a non-European locale. • For older Fluent in Workbench projects (prior to version 15. the Toolbar. Red Hat 6. If your system is set to a European locale that uses a comma separator (for example. Limitations The following limitations are known when using Fluent in Workbench: • Workbench units and options are not passed to Fluent. It is not possible to use previous versions of Fluent under Workbench even through a Fluent Inc.Getting Started With Fluent in Workbench with optimization techniques to allow you to efficiently investigate the effects of input parameters on selected output parameters. Inc. That is. and the Menu bar. and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11. when detecting upstream zone name changes). These are translated into periods when data is passed to ANSYS Fluent. fields that accept numeric input may accept a comma. • The version of Fluent used under Workbench must always be the version of Fluent that was packaged and installed with that version of ANSYS Workbench.0 .wbjn files) created in version 12. Inc.

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Getting Started With Fluent in Workbench you need to be aware that the application is about to change something or has internally changed something to maintain the consistency. .2. see Configuring ANSYS Workbench in the Workbench User's Guide. color scheme. When using a Fluent component system. Launcher settings.3. For more information.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. run the Fluent solver. Creating Fluent-Based Component Systems 1. For more information. The Fluid Flow (Fluent) analysis system allows you to perform a complete CFD analysis and contains cells that allow you to: create geometry. The Fluent component system allows you to access the Fluent application from within Workbench and contains only the cells needed to specify settings in Fluent and run the Fluent solver.3. Note. Creating Fluent-Based Analysis Systems You can create a Fluid Flow (Fluent) analysis system in Workbench by double-clicking on Fluid Flow (Fluent) under Analysis Systems in the Toolbox. Creating Fluent-Based Systems There are two basic types of systems: analysis systems and component systems. . and so on). 4 Release 15.0 . and its subsidiaries and affiliates.1. that you can also create a Fluid Flow (Fluent) analysis system by left-clicking on Fluid Flow (Fluent) under Analysis Systems in the Toolbox. a mesh must be imported into the system or provided through a connection from an upstream system. and then dragging it onto the Project Schematic. 1. Note You can set various Fluent–specific preferences in Workbench (for example.© SAS IP.3. see the following sections: 1. The post-processing capabilities in Fluent can be accessed from both the Fluid Flow (Fluent) analysis system and the Fluent component system. specify settings in Fluent. Inc. Inc. Creating Fluent-Based Analysis Systems 1. generate a mesh. Important A separate cell for results visualization is only needed when using CFD-Post. and visualize the results in CFD-Post.1. All rights reserved.3.

3: A Fluid Flow (Fluent) Analysis System (p. Double-clicking on the Mesh cell opens ANSYS Meshing and loads the current mesh database (or the geometry defined by the Geo- Release 15. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. 5 . Each cell corresponds to a typical task you would perform to complete a CFD analysis. Inc. All rights reserved. .0 . Mesh allows you to define and generate a computational mesh for your analysis. You can use the context menu (by right-clicking on the cell) to import a pre-existing geometry into the system. Double-clicking on the Geometry cell opens ANSYS DesignModeler where you can create a new geometry or modify an existing geometry.© SAS IP.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. 7)). Inc.2: Selecting the Fluid Flow (Fluent) Analysis System in Workbench The new Fluid Flow (Fluent) analysis system appears in the Project Schematic as a box containing several cells (Figure 1.Creating Fluent-Based Systems Figure 1. The following cells are available in a Fluid Flow (Fluent) analysis system: Geometry allows you to define the geometrical constraints of your analysis.

Important Fluent meshes imported into the Mesh cell cannot be modified by the ANSYS Meshing application. Setup allows you to define the boundary conditions. physical models and solver settings for the Fluent analysis. Therefore. Fluent will open without loading any files. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. You can then choose to import files from the File menu in Fluent.Getting Started With Fluent in Workbench metry cell) if you have not yet begun working on the mesh. Important Importing a Fluent case or mesh file into the Setup cell or the Fluent application results in the Setup cell becoming the starting point for your analysis. Solution allows you to calculate a solution in Fluent. the Geometry cell (and data it contains) will be deleted from the system. 6 . Alternatively. Double-clicking on the Solution cell opens Fluent and loads the current Fluent case and data files. If you have not yet performed any calculations. Inc. Alternatively. Fluent will open and load the file. Double-clicking on the Setup cell opens Fluent and loads the mesh defined by the Mesh cell as well as any Fluent settings that have already been specified.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. Important You can also use the Solution cell context menu to import a pre-existing Fluent data file to use for initial solution data. Therefore. the Geometry and Mesh cells (and any data they contain) will be deleted from the system. Fluent will load the mesh file as well as any settings that have been specified. you can use the context menu (by right-clicking on the Setup cell) to import a pre-existing Fluent case or mesh file into the system. The deleted Geometry cell can be retrieved by selecting Reset from the context menu of the Imported Mesh cell. Fluent will load this data file in addition to the mesh and settings. Important If you open Fluent before defining a mesh. Inc. you can use the context menu (by right-clicking on the Mesh cell) to import a pre-existing Fluent mesh into the system. Results allows you to display and analyze the results of the CFD analysis. All rights reserved. If you have not yet performed any calculations. Important Importing a Fluent mesh file into the Mesh cell results in the Mesh cell becoming the starting point for your analysis (and the name of the Mesh cell changes to Imported Mesh). Release 15.0 . . After you specify the file you want to import.© SAS IP. Double-clicking on the Results cell opens CFD-Post and loads the current Fluent case and data files as well as the current CFD-Post state file.

2. 7 .Creating Fluent-Based Systems Figure 1. 1. Inc. The Setup and Solution cells in a Fluent component system work in the same manner as described above for the Fluid Flow (Fluent) analysis system. Inc.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. Note.0 . The only difference is that the mesh must originate from a file Release 15. you can create a Fluent-based component system in Workbench by double-clicking Fluent under Component Systems. . and its subsidiaries and affiliates. All rights reserved. and selecting the Rename option in the context menu. and then dragging it onto the Project Schematic. that you can also create a Fluent component system by left-clicking on Fluent under Component Systems in the Toolbox.3. 8)).3: A Fluid Flow (Fluent) Analysis System Note While it is possible to apply different names for the Setup or the Solution cells by rightclicking either cell.5: A Fluent Component System (p. Figure 1. Creating Fluent-Based Component Systems Similarly. it is not generally recommended to do so.4: Selecting the Fluent Component System in Workbench The new Fluent component system appears in the Project Schematic as a box containing two cells: the Setup cell and the Solution cell (Figure 1.© SAS IP.

5: A Fluent Component System 1. For example.4. Workbench provides visual indications of a cell’s state via icons on the right side of each cell. however. where individual cells can obtain data from and provide data to other cells. • Interrupted ( ) indicates that you have interrupted an update (or canceled an interactive calculation that is in progress). after you launch ANSYS Meshing from the Mesh cell in a Fluid Flow (Fluent) analysis system that has a valid geometry. if you select the Cancel button in Fluent while it is iterating.© SAS IP. For example. • Up-To-Date ( ) indicates that an update has been performed on the cell and no failures have occurred (or an interactive calculation has been completed successfully). if you change the Mesh in an Up-to-Date 8 Release 15. the Mesh cell appears as Update Required because the Mesh cell has all the data it needs to generate a Fluent mesh file. but may change when next updated as a result of changes made to upstream cells. • Refresh Required ( ) indicates that upstream data has changed since the last refresh or update. or it must be provided through a connection from an upstream system. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. the Setup cell appears as Attention Required because additional data must be entered in Fluent before you can calculate a solution. • Input Changes Pending ( ) indicates that the cell is locally up-to-date. . the Mesh cell appears as Refresh Required since the geometry data has not yet been passed from the Geometry cell to the Mesh cell. seamless project flow. For example. the Solution cell appears as Up-to-Date. but the Fluent mesh file has not yet been generated. Inc. see the Workbench on-line help: • Unfulfilled ( ) indicates that required upstream data does not exist. after you assign a geometry to the Geometry cell in your new Fluid Flow (Fluent) analysis system. when you first create a new Fluid Flow (Fluent) analysis system. • Update Required ( ) indicates that local data has changed and the output of the cell needs to be regenerated. All rights reserved. For example.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. For example. For example. For example. Fluent completes the current iteration and then the Solution cell appears as Interrupted. • Attention Required ( ) indicates that the current upstream data has been passed to the cell.Getting Started With Fluent in Workbench imported into the Setup cell or the Fluent application. you must take some action to proceed. after you launch Fluent from the Setup cell in a Fluid Flow (Fluent) analysis system that has a valid mesh. Understanding Cell States with Fluent in Workbench Workbench integrates multiple data-integrated (for example. . Inc. Figure 1. Fluent) and native applications into a single. all cells downstream of the Geometry cell appear as Unfulfilled because you have not yet specified a geometry for the system. Brief descriptions of the each possible state are provided below. after Fluent finishes performing the number of iterations that you request.0 . For more information about cell states.

1. Fluent launches and waits for your input.5. Fluent launches and loads the Setup cell’s input data (for example.2. the Setup cell’s local data.Starting Fluent in Workbench Fluid Flow (Fluent) analysis system.© SAS IP. as well as the Setup cell’s input data (for example. Specifying Other Setup and Solution Cell Settings 1. and so the cell requires attention. it loads only the mesh and settings that served as the starting point for your analysis and are associated with the Setup cell.5. Update Required ( ) indicates that the last attempt to update the cell and calculate output data failed. You can also start ANSYS Fluent by double-clicking on the Solution cell in a Fluid Flow (Fluent) analysis system or a Fluent component system. ) indicates that the last attempt to refresh cell input data failed. Important When Fluent is launched from the Setup cell. you can interact with the project to exit Workbench or work with other parts of the project. When a cell enters the Pending state. and • Update Failed. see the following sections: 1. if it exists (for example. Starting Fluent from a Fluent-Based System 1. For more information. and so the cell needs to be updated. All rights reserved.0 . Fluent settings). Fluent launches and waits for your input. Fluent settings or setup output case file). Release 15. If you make changes to the project that are upstream of the updating cell. Attention Required ( ) indicates that the last attempt to update the cell and calculate output data failed. Workbench provides a visual indication as well. and the Solution and Results cells appear as Input Changes Pending. the Setup cell appears as Refresh Required.5.1. If an action results in a failure state.5. you must launch Fluent from the Solution cell.3. • Refresh Failed. • Pending ( ) indicates that a batch or asynchronous solution is in progress. Brief descriptions of the failure states are described below. Starting Fluent in Workbench This section describes how to start Fluent in Workbench using Fluent-based systems and how you can use Fluent Launcher within Workbench. Inc. . In order to load the current case and data files or the initial data file. Starting Fluent from a Fluent-Based System You can start ANSYS Fluent by double-clicking the Setup cell in a Fluid Flow (Fluent) analysis system or a Fluent component system. mesh). If no mesh has been specified. and the Solution cell’s initial data. mesh) and the Setup cell’s local data. Inc. Refresh Required ( so the cell needs to be refreshed. 9 . and its subsidiaries and affiliates.5. Fluent launches and loads the current case and data files. you can view any related error messages in the Messages window by clicking the Show Messages button on the lower right portion of Workbench. If a particular action fails. then the cell will not be in an up-todate state when the solution completes. if it exists (for example. • Update Failed.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. Specifying Fluent Launcher Settings Within Workbench 1. if it exists. 1. If no mesh has been specified.

To start your Fluent simulation on a Linux cluster from a Workbench session running on Windows. For more information about Fluent Launcher. You can also start Fluent on Linux from a Workbench session running on Windows and you can use the same Fluent-specific project (and related files) in Workbench using both Linux and Windows hardware interchangeably. . This option is only available when running Fluent in Workbench.© SAS IP. see Setting Remote Options in Fluent Launcher. the Fluent Root Path option is disabled in the General tab of Fluent Launcher.2. and its subsidiaries and affiliates.5. The properties of the selected cell are displayed in the Properties Window in Workbench. You can specify an alternate directory for checkpointing using the LSB_CHKPNT_DIR environment variable.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. use the Use Remote Linux Nodes option in Fluent Launcher. when using Fluent with Workbench on Linux. Important When using LSF to schedule a Fluent run from Workbench. except for the following options: • Version (disabled) • Working Directory (disabled) • Use Journal File (not available) The Do not show this panel again option allows you to bypass Fluent Launcher for subsequent Fluent sessions.1. . Important The Remote tab of Fluent Launcher can only be used for 64-bit Linux machines. 1. Once this option is enabled. 10 Release 15. both interactively and in batch mode. Most Fluent Launcher settings are available. by default the working directory is used for checkpointing. Specifying Fluent Launcher Settings Using Cell Properties You can view the properties of a selected cell in Workbench by selecting the Properties option under the View menu. Specifying Fluent Launcher Settings Within Workbench You can use Fluent in Workbench on either Windows or Linux machines.5. the Remote tab is visible when you click the Show More Options button.Getting Started With Fluent in Workbench 1. When you start ANSYS Fluent from either type of Fluent-based system within Workbench. All rights reserved. This option is available when the Parallel option is enabled under Processing Options. For more information about using Fluent Launcher to access remote Linux clusters.2. except where noted.0 . see Starting ANSYS Fluent Using Fluent Launcher. or by right-clicking a cell and selecting Properties from the context menu. Inc. Fluent Launcher will appear by default. Inc. Important Note that. The information is this section is the same for both Windows and Linux.

0 . Precision allows you to choose either the single-precision or the double-precision solver Show Launcher at Startup allows you to show or hide Fluent Launcher when Fluent starts. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. Inc. Display Mesh After Reading allows you to show or hide the mesh after the mesh or case/data is read into Fluent. 11 .© SAS IP. these settings can be set autonomously using this property. Inc. Use Workbench Color Scheme allows you to use either the classic black background color in the graphics window. however. Release 15.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. if required.6: Properties for Fluent-Based Systems in Workbench The Fluent-based system Setup and Solution cells have the following properties that you can set for Fluent Launcher: Use Setup Launcher Settings (for Solution cells only) allows you to specify that the current systems Solution cell should use the Fluent Launcher property settings from the current system’s Setup cell. the Fluent-based system Setup and Solution cells share Fluent Launcher settings. or to use the Workbench color scheme. . All rights reserved. By default.Starting Fluent in Workbench Figure 1. or to have them freestanding. Embed Graphics Windows allows you to embed the graphics windows in the Fluent application window.

If selected. For new and existing calculations. you can use either LSF. – For existing projects. – For existing projects.Getting Started With Fluent in Workbench Setup Compilation Environment for UDF allows you to specify compiler settings for compiling user-defined functions (UDFs) with Fluent. SGE.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. then the Initialization Method is not available for the downstream Solution cell. enforcing the initialization method available in Fluent for new and existing projects. or PBS Pro. then the system initializes the solution using the settings specified in Fluent. see Using the Update Command (p. If Run Parallel Version is selected. Initialization Method allows you to initialize your Fluent simulation. as the job scheduler. In this case. On Linux. the Solution cell uses a registered file as the initial data in Workbench. Use Remote Linux Nodes (available only when Run Parallel Version is selected) allows you to run your Fluent simulation on 64bit Linux machines. Run Parallel Version allows you to choose to run the parallel version of Fluent or not. For more information. . If results are not available. If the results are not compatible with the mesh. Inc. – For a new calculation. SGE. when Run Parallel Version and Use Remote Linux Nodes are selected. you can use the Microsoft Job Scheduler. if no results are available. then the system initializes the solution using the settings specified in Fluent. the following additional properties are available: 12 Release 15. Use Job Scheduler allows you to specify settings for running Fluent with the available job scheduler. • Solver Controlled allows Fluent to always initialize the solution using settings specified in Fluent. Inc. you are prompted to provide an Initial Data File. if the system is connected to another upstream system through the Solution cell. the downstream Solution cell always uses results coming from upstream Solution cell to initialize its solution for the initial design point (DP0) as well as any other design points. UDF Compilation Script Path (if Setup Compilation Environment for UDF is selected) allows you to specify the path to the UDF compilation script. 28). All rights reserved. Available options are: • Program Controlled (default) allows Fluent to use any existing results (solution data) to initialize the solution. On Windows. . if the system is not connected to another upstream system through the Solution cell.0 .© SAS IP. then the system initializes the solution using the settings specified in Fluent. or. or PBS Pro job schedulers. • Use Solution Data from File allows you to import a solution data file (results) that Fluent will use to initialize the solution. you can use the LSF. then the system uses results available from the previous calculation. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. This option is not available for Solution cells connected with upstream Solution cells. or the results are not compatible with the mesh.

Machine Filename (if Use Shared Memory is not selected and File Containing Machine List is selected as the Machine Specification) allows you to specify the name of the file that contains a list of machines to run the parallel job. MPICH2. Use Remote Cluster Head Node allows you to specify the remote node that Fluent will connect to for spawning (for example. Machine List (if Use Shared Memory is not selected and Machine List is selected as the Machine Specification) allows you to specify a list of machine names to run the parallel job.Starting Fluent in Workbench Number of Processors allows you to set the number of processors you want to use for the parallel calculations (for example. infiniband. Use Shared Memory allows you to specify if shared memory is to be used or not. and so on). When this property is selected.0 . 13 . Inc. . Remote Spawn Command allows you to specify the command to connect to the remote node (the default is RSH). ethernet. When this property is selected. All rights reserved. Inc. the following additional properties are available: Release 15. and so on). 4.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. or a file that contains machine names.© SAS IP. you can specify the directory in the Remote Working Directory property that appears. Machine Specification (if Use Shared Memory is not selected) allows you to specify a list of machine names. Platform. If Use Remote Linux Nodes is selected. Interconnect allows you to set the interconnects you want to use for the parallel calculations (for example. 2. myrinet. the host specified in the Use Remote Cluster Head Node field should be the PBS Pro submission host. MPI Type allows you to set the MPI type you want to use for the parallel calculations (for example. Use Specified Remote Working Directory allows you to specify a directory other than temp directory as the working directory for the remote Linux nodes. Important When the PBS Pro option is selected for the Job Scheduler. you can specify the remote node in the Remote Host Name property that appears. and so on). via rsh or ssh). If Use Job Scheduler is selected. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. the following additional properties are available (for 64-bit Linux machines only): Remote Fluent Root Path allows you to specify the remote Fluent Linux installation root path.

Processor Unit (available only when running Windows HPC 2008 Server Scheduler) allows you to choose the following: • Core refers to a single. If LSF is selected as the job scheduler. Cluster administrators can create groups and assign nodes to one or more groups.© SAS IP. Inc. the following additional properties are available: Use LSF Queue allows you to use an LSF queue. Create Job Submission XML allows you to create the job submission XML file. All rights reserved. The cluster administrator can use job templates to manage job submission and optimize cluster usage. For more information about running Fluent jobs using the Windows HPC 2008 Server Scheduler. Use Checkpointing allows you to use checkpointing with LSF. the following additional properties are available: Job Scheduler allow you to specify the job scheduler for the remote Linux nodes. 14 Release 15. a dual-core processor is considered two cores. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. • Socket refers to a set of processors with a dedicated memory bus. . This is also known as a non-uniform memory access (NUMA) node. named host in the cluster. . SGE. Start When Resources Are Available allows you to start the job when resources are available.0 .Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. Node Group (available only when running Windows HPC 2008 Server Scheduler) allows you to specify a collection of nodes. Available options are LSF (the default).Getting Started With Fluent in Workbench Computer Cluster Head Node Name allows you to specify the name of the compute cluster head node. • Node refers to an individual CPU on a node. Inc. If Use Job Scheduler and Use Remote Linux Nodes are selected. Job Template (available only when running Windows HPC 2008 Server Scheduler) allows you to create a custom submission policy to define the job parameters for an application. Job Submission XML File (if Create Job Submission XML is selected) allows you to specify the name of the job submission XML file. or PBS Pro. see the Frequently Asked Questions section of the Customer Portal. For example. LSF Queue (when Use LSF Queue is selected) allows you to specify the name of the LSF queue.

You can change the waiting time increments for each step by defining the Fluent_WB_MAX_STARTUP_WAIT environment variable before starting Workbench. by default the working directory is used for checkpointing. Important When using LSF to schedule a Fluent run from Workbench. You can specify an alternate directory for checkpointing using the LSB_CHKPNT_DIR environment variable. with a default wait time of five minutes. to spawn parallel nodes. Workbench performs two steps: starting the Fluent process and establishing initial contact. SGE PE allows you to set the parallel environment where you want to submit your Fluent jobs. Fractions are allowed as values for the environment variable. SGE Queue allows you to set the queue where you want to submit your Fluent jobs.© SAS IP. Inc. Checkpointing Period (when Use Checkpointing and Enable Automatic Checkpointing are selected) allows you to specify a time period for automatic checkpointing. All rights reserved. Leave this field blank if you want to use the default parallel environment. Leave this field blank if you want to use the default queue. the following additional properties are available: SGE Qmaster allows you to set the machine in the SGE job submission host list. Use SGE Settings allows you to use SGE settings. Important When running Fluent in Workbench via SGE.0 . Release 15. with a default wait time of one minute. there may be instances when not enough time is allotted for Fluent to start. 15 . Note that you cannot define this environment variable within Fluent Launcher. for some reason Fluent fails to start. and if. and so on). and any value less than or equal to zero will let Workbench wait indefinitely for Fluent to start. So.Starting Fluent in Workbench Enable Automatic Checkpointing (when Use Checkpointing is selected) allows you to automatically checkpoint within a specific period of time. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. you will have to manually kill the Workbench session.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. By default. If SGE is selected as the job scheduler. completing the Fluent start up process and establishing a final connection (for example. the overall wait time is double the value specified for the environment variable. to checkout licenses. the Workbench interface is locked. Inc. The value of this environment variable is equivalent to the wait time in minutes for each start up step. . SGE Settings (when Use SGE Settings is selected) allows you to specify SGE settings. Note that while Workbench is waiting for Fluent to start.

For more information about Fluent Launcher. Fluent Launcher settings are specified in the Fluent Launcher dialog box when Fluent is launched from the Setup cell. Fluent will read the output case file (name-Setup-Output.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. .cas. You can copy the Setup cell’s Fluent Launcher settings to the Solution cell by selecting the Copy Launcher settings to Solution cell option from the Setup cell’s context menu (available only when the Use Setup Launcher Settings property setting is disabled). All rights reserved. 1.5. the following additional property is available (on Linux only): PBS Submission Host (optional) allows you to specify the name of the PBS Pro submission host if the machine you are using to run Workbench cannot submit a job to PBS Pro.2. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. Inc.cas) as opposed to the mesh and settings files when editing the Setup cell. This way you can improve the Fluent run-time speed provided the upstream mesh data has not changed.5. the Solution cell uses the same Fluent Launcher property settings as the Setup cell. or ¡ Fluent session is started with a mesh file only This setting overrides the Enable Generation of Setup Output Case File preference in the Options settings. The Solution cell contains additional general properties and some specific properties related to the solution process: 16 Release 15. even if you later disable this setting. These properties are the same as the settings within Fluent Launcher. Specifying Other Setup and Solution Cell Settings The Setup cell has the following property related to the problem setup process: • Others – Generate Output Case File: enables or disables the generation of the setup output case file. 10)) and then set the Solution cell’s Fluent Launcher property settings without impacting the settings for the Setup cell.Getting Started With Fluent in Workbench If PBS Pro is selected as the job scheduler. you can disable the Use Setup Launcher Settings property setting (see Specifying Fluent Launcher Settings Within Workbench (p.© SAS IP. Likewise.0 . Note that the values that are written are retained. . If the state for the Setup cell is Update Required and the upstream mesh has not been modified. 45)) have been performed prior to running the simulation in Fluent.2. The output case file will be generated when ¡ recorded mesh operations (Reviewing Mesh Manipulation Operations in Fluent (p. By default. 1. you can also copy the Solution cell’s Fluent Launcher settings to the Setup cell by selecting the Copy Launcher settings to Setup cell option from the Solution cell’s context menu (available only when the Use Setup Launcher Settings property setting is disabled). Copying Fluent Launcher Property Settings Typically. Inc. see the Fluent Getting Started Guide.3. name-Setup-Output. If you want the Solution cell’s Fluent Launcher settings to be different than those specified for the Setup cell.

Run in Background (solutions are run in the background on the local machine). All rights reserved.ip file that can be used when restarting the Fluent session.0 . option. Registering and Unregistering Startup Scheme Files You can register or unregister a customized Scheme file through your Fluent setup using the context menu for the Fluent Setup cell. To register a scheme file. refer to Submitting Solutions for Local. Once this option is enabled.Saving Your Work in Fluent with Workbench • General – Component ID: the name of the cell (not editable).Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS.. If Fluent is already started.7. 1. even if the project mesh or case file has been modified and is no longer compatible with the existing data file (if available). Background. you can use the Show Solution Monitoring option in the Solution cell context menu to display a convergence and monitor charts. and Remote Solve Manager (RSM) Processes in the ANSYS Workbench User's Guide. 32) for details). 1. Inc.© SAS IP. – Directory Name: the name of the directory (“FFF”) where solution files are located (not editable). and its subsidiaries and affiliates.. This property overrides the Enable Solution Monitoring preference in the Options settings. use the Register Startup Scheme File. Saving Your Work in Fluent with Workbench Data that is read into and written by Fluent when it is run within Workbench is split into two parts: • Setup data • Solution data Release 15.. The solver will automatically create an *. Likewise.6. to unregister a scheme file. . – Use Setup Launcher Settings: enables or disables the use of the Setup cell's Fluent Launcher settings (see above).. that you can use the Clear Generated Data command to delete the generated interpolation file (see Using the Clear Generated Data Command from the Solution Cell of Fluent-Based Systems (p. Note. use the Unregister Startup Scheme File. option from the context menu for the Fluent Setup cell. these menu options are disabled and grayed out. Fluent loads this registered scheme file at startup. Inc. • Solution Process – Update Option: enables the solution process to be either Run in Foreground (solutions are run within the current Workbench session). This setting overrides the Enable Generation of Interpolation File preference in the Options settings. or Submit to Remote Solve Manager (solutions are run in the background by submitting the solution to Remote Solve Manager (RSM)). – Solution Monitoring: allows you to be able to graphically view Fluent solution convergence and monitor data without having Fluent open. – Data Interpolation: enables or disables the interpolation file generation at the end of the Fluent solver run. 17 . For more information about these options and the Remote Solve Manager.

Therefore. Important The settings file is a file used when Fluent is run under Workbench.cas) file and the current data (. Solution data is the data that results from performing a calculation and is used to restart a simulation from existing data. This data is associated with the Solution cell and includes the current case (. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. All rights reserved. Inc. instead of a mesh file. When working in Workbench. You can also use the corresponding text command (file/close-withoutsave). It contains the case settings but does not contain mesh data. File ¡ Close Fluent You can end your Fluent session without saving your work by using the Close Without Save option under the File menu. a case file (. .cas) is used to represent the mesh. Inc. File ¡ Save Project 2. Important The case file and the data file are read by Fluent whenever Fluent is launched from the Solution cell. Important Note that sometimes.© SAS IP. Select the Save Project option from the Write a File icon in the Fluent toolbar ( ). 1.dat) file. whenever you close Fluent or save your Workbench project. File ¡ Close Without Save 18 Release 15. the settings stored in the settings file will overwrite any settings that might be contained in the case file. Fluent reads the case file first and then reads the settings file if it exists. In this situation.msh) file and the settings (. .8.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. your work in Fluent is automatically saved as needed. The settings file and the mesh file are read by Fluent whenever Fluent is launched from the Setup cell. Select the Save Project option under the File menu within Fluent. Exiting Fluent and Workbench You can end your Fluent session by using the Close Fluent option under the File menu. For example.0 . This data is associated with the Setup cell and includes the mesh (. Alternatively. you can also save your Workbench project by selecting the Save option under the File menu within Workbench or by selecting the Save icon from the Workbench toolbar.set) file. your unsaved data is automatically saved.Getting Started With Fluent in Workbench Setup data is the data used to start a simulation over from the beginning. You can save your Workbench project directly from Fluent in either of three ways: 1.

you can use the Reload Setup option in the Fluent File menu. You can end your Workbench session by using the Exit option under the File menu. to discard unsaved changes in Fluent and load the setup files into the current Fluent session. 1. 19 . Important There are several other circumstances in which open instances of Fluent as well as other applications are automatically closed: • Whenever you close the current project in Workbench. including any open instances of ANSYS Fluent. Solution. Add a new Fluid Flow (Fluent) analysis system to the Project Schematic. The state of the Geometry cell is Attention Required and that the states for the Mesh.© SAS IP. all open applications associated with that cell are automatically closed. Setup. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. Release 15. all open applications associated with the original project are automatically closed. all open applications associated with that system are automatically closed. 1.9.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. all open applications are automatically closed. • Whenever a system is deleted. you will be prompted to save your project before exiting Workbench.0 . are automatically closed upon exiting Workbench.An Example of a Fluent Analysis in Workbench Alternatively. Inc. or the corresponding Reload Setup toolbar option ( ). File ¡ Exit All open applications that are associated with your Workbench session. • Whenever you open a different project in ANSYS Workbench. and Results cells are Unfulfilled. All rights reserved. An Example of a Fluent Analysis in Workbench This example describes when the files that are generated and used by Fluent are written and how the cell states change as you work with a Fluent-based system in Workbench. If there is any unsaved data in Workbench or any of the open applications associated with your Workbench session. Inc. • Whenever data is reset or cleared from a cell. .

The state of the Geometry cell becomes Up-to-Date and the state of the Mesh cell becomes Refresh Required. In the ANSYS Meshing application. Inc. the state of the Mesh cell becomes Up-to-Date. specify settings for the mesh. The state of the Setup cell becomes Attention Required.Getting Started With Fluent in Workbench 2. Import a geometry file by using the context menu on the Geometry cell. All rights reserved. 4. the mesh (.© SAS IP. The state of the Mesh cell becomes Update Required. 3. Inc. 20 Release 15. Double-click the Mesh cell.msh) file is written. 5. Fluent launches and loads the mesh file. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. The ANSYS Meshing application launches and loads the geometry file. . . The mesh is generated. then select the Update command. and the state of the Setup cell becomes Refresh Required.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. Double-click the Setup cell.0 .

7. In the Fluent application.set) file is written and iterations begin. The state of the Solution cell becomes Update Required. The state of the Solution cell becomes Up-to-Date and the state of the Results cell becomes Refresh Required. Inc. select the Calculate button. In Fluent.An Example of a Fluent Analysis in Workbench 6. or the solution meets the convergence criteria. 21 . and its subsidiaries and affiliates. The state of the Setup cell becomes Up-to-Date. Release 15. and the state of the Solution cell becomes Refresh Required.© SAS IP.0 . All rights reserved. Iterations are completed. . Inc. The settings (. and enter a non-zero number of iterations on the Run Calculation task page.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. specify boundary conditions. initialize the solution.

cas) and data (. All rights reserved. Getting Help for Fluent in Workbench Workbench offers three levels of help: • Quick help . Inc. Fluent-specific quick help is available for the Setup and Solution cells. Double-click the Results cell.10. CFD-Post loads the case and data files. For Fluent-based systems. . CFD-Post launches.dat) files are written.© SAS IP.available for most cells in a system. For example: 22 Release 15. and the state of the Results cell becomes Up-to-Date. . 1. providing you with instructions for proceeding further. Inc. The case (. Click the blue triangle in the bottom right corner of the cell to see a brief help description on that cell.0 .Getting Started With Fluent in Workbench 8.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. and its subsidiaries and affiliates.

23 . All rights reserved. . Fluent documentation and help is available from the Fluent menu once the Fluent application is running. see the on-line documentation. • Online help .available at any time by clicking F1.0 . Inc. Release 15. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. For more information about Workbench help.© SAS IP.Getting Help for Fluent in Workbench • Sidebar or context-sensitive help . or from any of the links in the quick help or sidebar help.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. Inc.available from the Help menu. The documentation is automatically installed when you install Workbench.

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.20.11. 25 . Reloading Setup Data and Synchronizing Fluent with Workbench 2.© SAS IP. Importing Mesh. Viewing Your Fluent Data Using ANSYS CFD-Post 2.5.3. When you import a mesh file or a case file in which the number of iterations (or time-steps) specified in the Run Calculation task page is 0. 2. After you select a file.. Reviewing Mesh Manipulation Operations in Fluent 2. Performing Fluent and Ansoft Coupling in Workbench 2.9.14. You will be prompted for a specific case or mesh file. All rights reserved. if it also exists) should be deleted and replaced by the mesh from the imported file. option from the context menu.15.7. Changing the Settings and Mesh in Fluent 2.16.6. Using Journaling and Scripting with Fluent in Workbench 2. Deleting Solution and Setup Cell Data for Fluent-Based Systems 2. Restarting.2. you are informed that the imported information will not be compatible with the information coming from the Mesh cell and asked whether the Mesh cell (and Geometry cell.18. Case. the state of the Setup cell becomes Up-to-Date and the state of the Solution cell becomes Refresh Required. Case. Monitoring Fluent Solutions in Workbench 2. and Data Files 2. Using Custom Systems 2. Inc.0 .13. the physical model settings. Duplicating Fluent-Based Systems 2.17. the state of the Setup cell becomes Attention Required because additional information must be specified in Fluent before you can proceed.12. Understanding the File Structure for Fluent in Workbench 2.19. Performing System Coupling Simulations Using Fluent in Workbench 2. Importing Mesh. If you import a case file. Using the Update Command 2. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. Refreshing Fluent Input Data 2. Release 15.21. and Continuing a Calculation 2. Working with ANSYS Licensing 2. boundary condition information. Using Fluent With the Remote Solve Manager (RSM) 2.8.. Connecting Systems in Workbench 2. When you import a case file in which the number of iterations (or time-steps) specified in the Run Calculation task page is greater than 0. If you import a case or mesh file into a system that contains a Mesh cell.1. Fluent launches and loads the file you specified.10.Chapter 2: Working With Fluent in Workbench This chapter provides instructions for using Fluent in Workbench. and Data Files You can directly import a Fluent case or mesh file into a Fluent-based system by right-clicking the Setup cell and selecting the Import Fluent Case. Interrupting.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. Inc.4.1. Case Modification Strategies with Fluent and Workbench 2. material properties and solver settings are also loaded into Fluent. Working With Input and Output Parameters in Workbench 2.

. This option is not available if an incoming connection is providing data. only the case/data file pairs originally generated by Fluent can be imported in Setup cell or the Solution cell as final case/data pairs.0 . then this option is no longer available. the settings information is deleted when the new file is imported. and that they have the same base file name as the last data file (assuming that the case file also has a consistent base file name).. or a large data set solved on an external cluster) into a Fluent-based system by right-clicking the Solution cell and selecting the Import Final Data. You can then specify an Initial Data File. Inc. Importing a data file in this manner causes the Solution cell to be Up-to-Date. • Because of this reason. Important For unsteady cases.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. option from the context menu.Working With Fluent in Workbench If you import a case or mesh file into a system that has a connection to a Mesh cell in an upstream system. you can directly import a Fluent data set (for example. All rights reserved. then you need to perform at least one iteration in Fluent in Workbench. legacy Fluent data. and allows you to import data directly into a Fluent-based system without the need to perform any additional solution tasks in Workbench. provided: • All the previous time-step related (case/data) files are kept at same location as that of final data. Alternatively. You can also directly import a Fluent data file into a Fluent-based system by right-clicking the Solution cell and selecting the Properties option from the context menu. if the last time-step data file is imported as a final data set. you are informed that the mesh is being provided to the current system from an upstream system and asked whether the connection should be deleted and the mesh replaced with the mesh from the imported file. automatically saving this new set of data once Fluent is closed or the Workbench is saved.© SAS IP. or you can directly transfer that data to another system (for example. – If you want to import a pair of case/data files with a different name. you can immediately perform any post-processing of the data using ANSYS CFDPost. to perform one-way fluidstructure interaction (FSI) analysis). Importing a data file does not affect the state of the system. – If the case file imported into the Setup cell is not same (at least the name) as that of original case file. then ANSYS CFD-Post can load all the previous time-step data as well. you 26 Release 15. • ANSYS CFD-Post directly reads this information from the data file. In addition. . ANSYS CFD-Post will not be able to load the data. Important If a case or mesh file is imported into a Setup cell that already has settings information associated with it. Note that after the state of the Solution cell is marked as Up-toDate. You will be prompted for a data file. The Fluent-based system's Solution cell will not extract any of the solution history and further calculation will result in loss of this information. that is. This option is also not available if Fluent is already open or an incoming connection is providing data. Note that performing additional calculations will change the solution history but it does not effect the data that is loaded into ANSYS CFD-Post if the additional data is output with the same base file name as the imported data file. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. and choosing the Use Solution Data from File option for the Initialization Method. Inc. .

dat) from the Solution cell as the final data. Therefore.. Case.cas and test5. for an unsteady problem. if you continue calculations. For example. Release 15. all the solution points are also available to ANSYS CFD-Post. 27 .Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. if you do not intend to perform any calculations.dat..© SAS IP.cas. the state of the Solution cell becomes Refresh Required and not Up-to-Date.cas. and Data Files can manually rename the case/data file sets to have the same base file name prior to importing the final data set. the entire solution would be available in the solution history (that is. is no longer available to ANSYS CFD-Post. they are treated as start-up files and not results files. If you subsequently run Fluent in Workbench and import the last case and data set (for example. double-click its Results cell to open ANSYS CFD-Post and then load the Fluent data file using the Load Results option under the File menu in ANSYS CFD-Post. any solution point can be read by Fluent using the Solution Files option under the File menu). Important Final data files that are the result of calculations performed in Fluent contain information related to solution history. however.Importing Mesh. Alternatively.dat).0 .dat or .. test4. then the solution history of the imported data file (that is. Inc. . In addition. Important In order to post-process the results from an existing set of case and “initial” data files in ANSYS CFD-Post. or if further calculations are later performed in Fluent (even though ANSYS CFD-Post will still be able to read the solution history information from the imported data file).. After importing the final data set. test-1.dat. at least one iteration (or time-step) must be performed in Fluent from within Workbench in order to bring the state of the Solution cell to Up-to-Date.test-4. Alternatively. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. test-1. test-5.. you could create a Results component system. when you import a case and data file from a previous calculation.. This solution history information is not retained if Fluent imports the data file as its final data. then only the imported data set is available in Fluent's solution history. When case and “initial” data files are imported into Fluent. and data files from within Fluent by using one of the following options: File ¡ Import ¡ Case. File ¡ Import ¡ Data. Inc.. A Fluent data file can have additional data quantities (chosen by you) stored in it along with other standard quantities. Note It should be noted that only Fluent data files (.dat. if you calculate five solution points (test-1.gz) are registered as part of Fluent solution history. case. ANSYS CFD-Post still has access to all of the solution history (as long as the other solution files are contained in the same directory as the imported data file).cas. test-1. All rights reserved. you can also import pre-existing mesh. and so on) using standard Fluent (outside of Workbench). .. for post-processing.

case.Working With Fluent in Workbench File ¡ Import ¡ Case and Data. Inc. When using this command. .0 . Replace Mesh .this discards any settings information currently in Fluent and imports the specified file. the settings information from that case file is also imported. the Update command updates all out-of-date cells in the project. All rights reserved. Fluent will use this file as a restart data file for future sessions. the Update command updates all of the out-of-date cells in the current system. Fluent writes the following files: • case file • data file • data interpolation file. Fluent performs either the number of iterations (or time-steps) specified in the settings or case file or the number of iterations required to reach convergence.2. When a cell is updated. name. . 28 Release 15. the Workbench Tools menu.. When selected from the Workbench Toolbar.this preserves the settings information currently in Fluent and imports only the mesh from the specified file. Using the Update Command The Update command is available from the context menu of all cells. any new upstream data is passed to it before performing the update command.ip The data interpolation file will be generated when Data Interpolation is selected in the Solution cell properties. Inc.. Read New Mesh .. 2. and from the Workbench Toolbar. and the context menu for the Project Schematic. When selected from the system. the following steps take place: 1. and data files are imported from within Fluent using these commands. When updating the Solution cell in a Fluent system. If the specified file is a case file. 2. the Workbench Tools menu. When selected from a cell. as well as any cells in upstream systems that must be updated to bring the current system Upto-Date. or the context menu for the Project Schematic. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. In addition. Fluent launches in the background.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS.© SAS IP. from the context menu for the system. the Update command updates the current cell and all upstream cells that must be updated to bring the current cell Up-to-Date. When mesh. you are given two options: Discard Case. you can also import the mesh from pre-existing mesh and case files from within Fluent by using the following option: File ¡ Import ¡ Mesh.. the behavior is exactly the same as when files are imported from the Project Schematic. 3.

This is specified by selecting an appropriate Initialization Method option from the Solution cell Properties view (see Specifying Fluent Launcher Settings Using Cell Properties (p. if Solution Monitoring is enabled in the Property view for the Solution cell. For example. you can simply select Update from the system’s context menu to generate the new results. case file data. Fluent will use the regular data file (. This may not result in the action that you intended. the initial data is not loaded (see Starting Fluent from a Fluent-Based System (p.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. 29 . If you subsequently perform an Update. The Initialization Method options for the Solution cell in a Fluent-based system will always have the highest priority.cas The output case file will be generated when – the Setup cell property Generate Output Case File is enabled.dat) as a restart file.0 . you can visually monitor the solution convergence data for your Fluent simulations in Workbench using the solution monitoring charts. if you start with an Up-to-Date Fluid Flow (Fluent) analysis system and then modify the mesh in the ANSYS Meshing application. When performing an Update.ip file (if available). If Data Interpolation is cleared in the Solution cell properties. Inc. and – mesh operations have been performed prior to running the simulation in Fluent. All rights reserved. 4. Fluent will only write the . the state of the Solution cell will change to Update Required. you can specify whether the Solution cell in a Fluent-based system should be updated starting from existing solution data. 10)). . 9)).Using the Update Command If you select the Data Interpolation property after completing calculations.© SAS IP. name-Setup-Output. if you have specified initial data using either a connection from an upstream solution cell or by importing initial data into the Solution cell and you open Fluent from the Setup cell of the system. therefore it is recommended that you close any open Fluent sessions before executing an Update command. Fluent exits. 36) for more information. For example. or from an imported data file. Fluent removes the existing . Important When an update is performed on a Solution cell and a Fluent session from the same system as that Solution cell is open.ip file. Release 15. The Update command is particularly useful when you make changes to upstream data that impact downstream data. the calculation will be performed in the open Fluent session and the initial data you specified will not be used as the starting point. Upon the next Update. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. Inc. Note If the data interpolation file is not available and the upstream mesh has not been modified. 5. See Monitoring Fluent Solutions in Workbench (p. • output case file. the calculation will be performed in that open Fluent session. While updating the Solution cell.

relevant to Design Point studies in Workbench. or if the solution data is not compatible with the updated solution mesh. Fluent initializes the solution using the methods set in the case file. consist of the following: • The Initialization Method set in the Solution Initialization task page in Fluent.1: The Property View of the Parameter Set • Update from Current. Using the Parameter Set property view in Workbench (Design Point Update Order): Figure 2. Additionally. Fluent uses this data to initialize subsequent design point studies. 30 . if Program Controlled or Use Solution Data from File options are selected and the mesh compatible solution data file is available. DP5 uses DP4's data file. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. Inc. 10)). If the solution data is not available. Release 15.Working With Fluent in Workbench Currently. and so on).© SAS IP. The available initialization methods in Fluent. .Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS.0 . Inc. the following options are available: 1. where Fluent uses the Initialization Method specified in the Solution cell properties (see Specifying Fluent Launcher Settings Using Cell Properties (p. All rights reserved. or • Update Design Points in Order where Fluent uses the last computed design point’s data file to initialize the solution for the next design point (that is. DP2 uses DP1's data file.

Refreshing Fluent Input Data • Specify a case modification strategy (see Case Modification Strategies with Fluent and Workbench (p. 2.3. Refreshing Fluent Input Data You can refresh the input data for a cell by right-clicking the cell and selecting the Refresh option from the context menu. Initial data can also be specified by: • Importing an initial data file into the Solution cell or the Fluent application (see Importing Mesh. the state of the Mesh cell may become Update Required. If a connection is made from an up-to-date Mesh cell. For example. • Creating a connection from an upstream Solution cell (see Connecting Systems in Workbench (p. If you have a case modification strategy defined. Important • There is also an Update command in the ANSYS Meshing application which generates the mesh and creates the input files required by downstream cells.0 . a warning message is displayed informing you that you must update the Mesh cell before you can start Fluent. the initialization step in that strategy will always be performed regardless of whether initial data is specified in any other way. your project’s post-processing settings in Fluent (including any surface definitions that you may have created). Changes made to post-processing settings in Fluent do not affect cell state. When Fluent is later opened from either cell. If you try to open Fluent before the Mesh cell is updated. 39)). and Data Files (p. The state of the Setup cell becomes Update Required.© SAS IP. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. Inc. It will become Up-to-Date the next time you launch Fluent from the Setup cell. you can refresh the mesh by right-clicking the Setup cell in Workbench and selecting the Refresh option from the context menu. 25)). 31 . that data will override the initialization method specified on the Solution Initialization task page. If you have imported an initial data file or created a connection to specify initial data. The Refresh command passes modified upstream data to the cell but does not conduct any long-running operations to regenerate the cell’s output data. are saved at the start of iteration or when you close Fluent. since the mesh file required for Fluent does not yet exist. Case. All rights reserved. This file can be generated by selecting the Update option from the context menu of the Mesh cell. The Generate Mesh command in the ANSYS Meshing application generates the mesh but does not produce any input files. Inc. these new settings will be available. or if you select the Update option from the context menu of the Setup cell. • Whether you edit the project through the Setup or Solution cells. indicating that the ANSYS Meshing application needs to generate an additional input file. .Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. 55)). Release 15.

You can also use the corresponding text command (file/sync-workbench).1. you will be informed that the upstream mesh has changed and asked whether you want to load the new mesh before proceeding. Important • Selecting the Update option from the context menu performs a Refresh command (if needed) before performing the Update command. .5. Reloading setup information will discard any changes performed in the current session and will remove any corresponding generated data from the Solution cell. In addition.4.Working With Fluent in Workbench You can refresh the input data for the Setup cell in a Fluent-based system by using either the Refresh command from the cell’s context menu or.2.5. 2. You do not need to perform a Refresh and an Update in two separate steps. you can directly update Workbench with the most recent Fluent changes using the Sync Workbench option in the Fluent File menu. Using the Reset Command from the Setup and Solution Cells of Fluent-Based Systems 2.1. you can remove all past and current generated case and data files from a Solution cell by right-clicking the Solution cell and selecting the Clear Generated Data option from the context menu. In order to quickly and safely discard recently unsaved changes in your Fluent settings and to read input data from the Setup cell. Inc. Inc. your Fluent settings are changed multiple times.3. if Fluent is already open. • If Fluent is open and you make a modification to the mesh.5. Using the Clear Generated Data Command from the Solution Cell of Fluent-Based Systems 2. You can also use the corresponding text command (file/reloadsetup). by selecting the Refresh Input Data option in the Fluent File menu. 2. you will be asked whether you want to load the modified mesh before Fluent launches. . Using the Clear Generated Data Command from the Solution Cell of Fluent-Based Systems For either type of Fluent-based system. Reloading Setup Data and Synchronizing Fluent with Workbench When performing multiple preliminary investigative analyses with Fluent in Workbench. Deleting Solution and Setup Cell Data for Fluent-Based Systems The following sections describes how to delete solution and setup data for your Fluent-based systems by using the Clear Generated Data command. establishing the most suitable solver settings.© SAS IP. • If you open Fluent after making a modification to the mesh and without refreshing the input data.5.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. Using the Clear Old Solution Data Command from the Solution Cells of Fluent-Based Systems 2.5. you can use the Reload Setup option in the Fluent File menu. This option is available only if the case or mesh information is present. or the corresponding Sync Workbench toolbar option ( ). for example. the Reset command. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. or the corresponding Reload Setup toolbar option ( ). 2. and the Clear Old Solution Data command. it will become Update Required when the Clear Generated Data command is executed. If the Solution cell is Up-to-Date. or using the Refresh Input Data toolbar option ( ). All past and current generated case and data files associated with the cell are deleted and the Fluent application is closed if it is open.0 . All rights reserved. 32 Release 15. and if Fluent is opened from the Setup cell.

3. and closes the Fluent application if it is open. Restarting. Using the Reset Command from the Setup and Solution Cells of FluentBased Systems For either type of Fluent-based systems. the Reset option deletes all past and current case and data files (not including imported initial data files) associated with the cell. the next design point (dp1) will contain only the last data file of the current solution from the last design point (dp0). Using the Clear Old Solution Data Command from the Solution Cells of Fluent-Based Systems For either type of Fluent-based systems. and removes older case and data files that are not part of the current solution history. Note • Archived projects will only contain the most current solution files. and closes the Fluent application if it is open. in addition to the most recent solution. the Clear Old Solution Data option retains only the most recent solution files associated with the Solution cell.6. Interrupting. .5.5. For Solution cells. For Solution cells. Inc. it will become Refresh Required when the Reset command is executed. If the Setup cell is Up-to-Date. it will become Refresh Required when the Reset command is executed.0 . 2. 2.2. 33 . solution history). deletes the settings file associated with the Setup cell. If the Solution cell is Up-to-Date. but can be displayed at the bottom of the Project Schematic by toggling the Show Progress button. For Setup cells. This option is only available if there are already solutions associated with the cell. Typically. you can remove all older local and generated data from the Solution cell by right-clicking the cell and selecting the Clear Old Solution option from the context menu.© SAS IP. Release 15. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. and all solution files that are associated with the current run (that is. the Reset option removes the Setup cell’s references to the mesh file. sets the cell property values to their defaults. • While importing design points. The Progress Monitor is useful if you would like some visual feedback on the progress of your calculations.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. the Progress Monitor is hidden. and Continuing a Calculation You can interrupt the calculation in an interactive Fluent session by using the Cancel button or by typing Ctrl and c at the same time in the Fluent console window. Inc.Interrupting. sets the cell property values to their defaults. you can remove all local and generated data from the Setup cell or from the Solution cell by right-clicking either cell and selecting the Reset option from the context menu. and Continuing a Calculation 2. You can also interrupt a Fluent calculation in the background by using the Progress Monitor in Workbench. All rights reserved. Restarting.

34 Release 15. All rights reserved.© SAS IP. . .Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS.0 . so the button can be used to toggle the display of the Progress Monitor. the Show Progress button becomes the Hide Progress button.Working With Fluent in Workbench Figure 2. Inc. Inc.2: The Show Progress Button in Workbench When the Progress Monitor is displayed. and its subsidiaries and affiliates.

35 . select the icon in the Progress Monitor (see Figure 2. Restarting. This will display a prompt. and its subsidiaries and affiliates.0 . the Progress Monitor and the Stop Icon in Workbench (p.Interrupting. 35)).Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. .© SAS IP. and Continuing a Calculation Figure 2. Inc.3: The Hide Progress Button. Figure 2. All rights reserved. asking if you would like to interrupt or stop the calculations.3: The Hide Progress Button.4: The Workbench Prompt Release 15. the Progress Monitor and the Stop Icon in Workbench To interrupt an ongoing Fluent calculation from Workbench. Inc.

To control the display of the solution monitoring charts. .Working With Fluent in Workbench Selecting Interrupt stops the calculation at the next point where data can be safely stored for later use. .0 . Fluent writes the case and data file and then closes. select the Solution Monitoring option in the Properties view for the Solution cell. performing the total number of iterations (or time-steps) specified in the case file. If you interrupt a calculation. You can restart a previously interrupted Fluent calculation from within Workbench by right-clicking the Solution cell and selecting the Continue Calculation option from the context menu. Inc. This will allow you to restart the calculation from the current case and data files. All rights reserved.© SAS IP. Monitoring Fluent Solutions in Workbench You can visually monitor solution convergence data for your Fluent simulations in Workbench using solution monitoring charts. Once this option is enabled.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. Selecting Abort stops the calculation immediately without concern for whether data associated with the current action can be stored. Important When the calculation is interrupted from within an interactive Fluent session. it always stops the data at the next point where data can be safely stored for later use. When a calculation is interrupted.6: Example of a Fluent Residual Chart View Within Workbench (p. 36 Release 15. Inc. 2. and decide that the solution is converged. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. The Show Solution Monitoring option opens the Solution tab with an outline view for the Solution Monitors cell (see Figure 2. If a background calculation is interrupted. 39)). you can open the solution monitor workspace from within Workbench by right-clicking a Fluent-based system Solution cell and selecting the Show Solution Monitoring option from the context menu.7. review the results.5: Example of the Solution Monitors Outline View Within Workbench (p. 37)) and a chart for the system (see Figure 2. the state of the Solution cell becomes Interrupted. you can force the Solution cell state to be Up-to-Date by right-clicking the Solution cell and selecting the Accept Interrupted Solution as Up-to-Date option from the context menu.

As the Fluent simulation progresses. Workbench displays a fully populated residual convergence chart (for example.Monitoring Fluent Solutions in Workbench Figure 2. Inc.5: Example of the Solution Monitors Outline View Within Workbench The following types of monitors are available in the Outline of Solution Monitor view: • Residual convergence monitors. Lift. and Moment based monitors. 37 . Energy. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. By default. force. such as Continuity. energy. The residual convergence monitors are grouped under Residual. moment. the convergence graphs are plotted interactively in the Scene view. velocity. To view user-defined monitor plots.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. . continuity. and so on). Inc. and integrals) are not displayed by default. click the corresponding cell in the Outline of Solution Monitor view.© SAS IP. All rights reserved. Volume. such as Surface. Velocity. and so on • User-defined monitors that have been defined in Fluent. User-defined monitors are listed separately under User-Defined-id with their names that have been specified in Fluent. Release 15.0 . The user-defined monitor charts (that is. Drag.

Once the Design Point is selected. You can save the chart that you are viewing as a graphic by right-clicking the background of the chart and select Save Image As from the context menu. calculating design points using the Remote Solve Manager (RSM) for the parameter set. or Time Step as the X-axis quantity. respectively. 37)) changes internally and will be in read-only mode. right-click the appropriate monitor cell and select Remove Variable. Flow Time. or Add All Variables (if applicable) from the context menu to add or remove available residual and/or user-defined monitors in the Fluent Residual Chart view (see Figure 2. during the calculation. Add Variables. Inc.0 . You can create a new residual or user-defined chart by right-clicking the Solution Monitors cell in the schematic view and selecting Create Residual Monitor Chart or Create User-Defined Monitor Chart respectively from the context menu. or – when you remotely run a parametric study. it can be hidden and displayed by disabling or enabling the View > Scene menu option.6: Example of a Fluent Residual Chart View Within Workbench (p. Userdefined monitors can be plotted with Iteration.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. the Design Point value (as shown in Figure 2. Inc. 38 Release 15. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. Note • For the following situations. The solution monitor chart is embedded in the Workbench scene view and once it is visible. or while the solution is progressing. You can also monitor the solution convergence of any design points in your simulation. . When you perform an update of all design points. then the data of the selected system will be displayed in the chart view.© SAS IP. for example. Once all of the design points are updated. 39)). . All rights reserved.5: Example of the Solution Monitors Outline View Within Workbench (p.Working With Fluent in Workbench Once the solution is complete. you can change the Design Point value (using the corresponding drop-down menu) to view the data of any design point. • All residual monitoring data are plotted with iteration number as X-axis data. solution monitoring data will become available only at the end of the calculation and the chart will not be updated during the calculation: – when you run a parametric study in the foreground and you update the Solution cell in the background.

8.6: Example of a Fluent Residual Chart View Within Workbench To return to viewing the Project Schematic. see Working with the Chart View. Connecting Systems in Workbench Workbench allows you to create connections between multiple systems that enable the systems to access the same data. Workbench supports two different types of connections: Release 15. When you double-click that Results cell. click the Project tab above the Workbench toolbar. you would connect the various Solution cells to one Results cell (either in one of your Fluent-based systems or in a separate Results system). . 2.© SAS IP. 39 . and its subsidiaries and affiliates. Inc. the results from all connected systems will be loaded into ANSYS CFD-Post at the same time. In this case.0 .Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. Inc. when you want to compare the results from multiple Fluentbased systems in the same ANSYS CFD-Post session.Connecting Systems in Workbench Figure 2. This is useful. All rights reserved. For more information about using charts in Workbench. for instance.

One exception is that a transfer data connection can be used between the Solution cells of two Fluent-based systems when you want to use the current data from one system as the initial data for the other system. As you move the mouse over a drop target. Shared data connections can only be created between two cells of the same type.0 .Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS.© SAS IP. Workbench highlights all of the compatible drop targets in the Project Schematic. it is highlighted in red and a message appears in the Project Schematic that informs you what the result will be if you drop the system onto that target. Dropping the system onto one of these targets will create a standalone system in that location. Inc. (these options are not available for all cells). Inc. Important There are usually several compatible drop targets on empty space in the Project Schematic. Workbench highlights all of the compatible drop targets in the Project Schematic. Similarly. As you move the mouse over a drop target. A shared data connection is represented on the Project Schematic by a line with a square on its right (target) side (see Figure 2. 40 Release 15. when you highlight a cell and begin to drag it. or Transfer Data To New. • Left-click a cell in one system.7: Connected Systems Within Workbench (p. . 41)). There are four ways to create connected systems in Workbench. . When you highlight a system in the Toolbox. 41))... • Right-click a cell and select one of the options under Transfer Data From New. • Connections that transfer data are used when the output of one cell is used as the input to the connected cell. Transferring data from the Solution cell to a new Fluent system's Setup cell transfers the mesh (but not the settings) to the Setup cell.7: Connected Systems Within Workbench (p. then drag and drop it onto a compatible cell in another system.. 45)). Transfer data connections are usually created between two cells of different types. All rights reserved.. A transfer data connection is represented in the Project Schematic by a line with a circle on its right (target) side (see Figure 2. • Left-click a system in the Toolbox. • Create a duplicate system (see Duplicating Fluent-Based Systems (p. and its subsidiaries and affiliates.Working With Fluent in Workbench • Connections that share data are used when the inputs and outputs of the two connected cells are identical. it is highlighted in red and a message appears in the Project Schematic that informs you what the result will be if you drop the cell onto that target. then drag and drop it onto a compatible system in the Project Schematic.

2. Inc. Inc.8. 3. and its subsidiaries and affiliates.Connecting Systems in Workbench Figure 2. Connecting Systems By Dragging and Dropping Fluent-Based Solution Cells Onto Other Systems 2. 41 . Connecting Systems by Dragging and Dropping a System from the Toolbox onto Another System The following example demonstrates the procedure for creating connected systems by dragging a system from the Toolbox and dropping it onto a compatible system in the Project Schematic.0 . the compatible drop targets are highlighted in green. Starting from a project with an up-to-date Mesh component system. Connecting Systems by Dragging and Dropping a System from the Toolbox onto Another System 2.1.8. All rights reserved. Release 15. see the Workbench on-line help. as well as the following sections: 2.1. 1.8. the Mesh cell target is highlighted in red and a message informs you that selecting that target will transfer the data from cell A3 to the new system. Drop the system on the drop target and a transfer data connection is created between the Mesh cell A3 and the Setup cell B1. select the Fluent-based component system from the Toolbox.7: Connected Systems Within Workbench For more information about connecting systems.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. Drag the system over the Project Schematic and pause over the Mesh cell of the Mesh component system.2. .© SAS IP.

this is because the input data for the new system has not yet been generated by the ANSYS Meshing application. Fluent launches and loads the mesh from cell A3. a warning message is displayed informing you that you must update the Mesh cell before you can start Fluent.8: Applying the Mesh Settings to a New Fluent-Based Component System by Dragging and Dropping Systems In the previous example. 5. 4. since the mesh file required for Fluent does not yet exist. Figure 2.0 .Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. Shared data connections can also be creating by dragging a system from the Toolbox and dropping it onto a compatible system in the Project Schematic. 42 Release 15. The type of connection that Workbench creates depends on which drop target you select. a transfer data connection was created. . All rights reserved. The red preview messages in the Project Schematic inform you of the type of connection(s) that will result from your action. Inc. Important If you try to open Fluent before the Mesh cell is updated.Working With Fluent in Workbench Note that Mesh cell A3 becomes Update Required. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. Double-click Setup cell B1. Inc. . Right-click Mesh cell A3 and select Update.© SAS IP.

Connecting Systems By Dragging and Dropping Fluent-Based Solution Cells Onto Other Systems The following figures demonstrate the procedure for creating a transfer data connection by dragging a Solution cell from a Fluent-based system and dropping it onto a compatible cell in another system: Release 15. .0 . 43 . Inc. Inc.© SAS IP. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. 2. Figure 2.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. All rights reserved. you are presented with two choices: Transfer Solution Data or Transfer Mesh Data.9: Transferring Solution Data or Mesh Data to a New Fluent-Based Component System by Dragging and Dropping Systems Important The mesh from the case file associated with the Solution cell of a Fluent-based analysis system or component system can be transferred to the Setup cell of a Fluent-based component system only and not the Setup cell of a Fluent-based analysis system.2.Connecting Systems in Workbench When a Fluent-based component system is dragged from the Toolbox onto the Solution cell of an existing Fluent-based analysis system. The connection that is made between the two systems is based on the option selected.8.

10: An Example of Two Unconnected Systems Figure 2.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. .© SAS IP. and its subsidiaries and affiliates.1: Connecting Systems By Dragging and Dropping Cells Between Systems From Cell Solution To Cell Fluent: SetupFluent: Solution Fluid Flow (Fluent): Solution Fluid Flow (Fluent): ResultsCFX: ResultsFluid Flow (CFX): ResultsVista TF: ResultsResults: Results Static Structural (ABAQUS): Setup Static Structural (Samcef ): Setup Shape Optimization (ANSYS): Setup Static Structural: Setup Steady-State Thermal: SetupTransient Structural: SetupThermal-Electric: SetupTransient Thermal: Setup 44 Release 15.Working With Fluent in Workbench Figure 2. Inc. .11: An Example of Dragging and Dropping a Solution Cell Onto Another Compatible Cell Figure 2. Inc.0 .12: An Example of Two Connected Systems The following table lists the compatible drop targets for the Solution cell from a Fluent-based system: Table 2. All rights reserved.

if you would like to study the differences in the fluid flow between two slightly different geometries. right-click the Mesh cell in the system you want to duplicate to open the context menu. duplicate the entire system. Select Duplicate from the context menu. 2. A copy of the original Fluent-based system is created in the Project Schematic. Mesh. similar systems and analyze them at the same time. right-click the Setup cell or any cell below it in the system you want to duplicate to open the context menu. To create a duplicate system in which the geometry is shared between the original and new system: 1. then you can create. and solve a single fluid flow analysis system. A copy of the original Fluent-based fluid flow system is created in the Project Schematic.Reviewing Mesh Manipulation Operations in Fluent 2. are copied to the new system. A copy of the original Fluent-based fluid flow system is created in the Project Schematic. data. In the Project Schematic. You can create a duplicate of a Fluent-based system by performing the following steps: 1. and the other between the Mesh cell in the original system and the Mesh cell in the new system.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. The mesh manipulation operations are saved as part of the Workbench Release 15. All data associated with the Fluent-based system. In the Project Schematic.© SAS IP. Inc. The state of the Solution and Results cells in the new system will be different than those of the original system if the original system had case and data files associated with its Solution cell. In the Project Schematic. In addition. Reviewing Mesh Manipulation Operations in Fluent While working within Fluent in Workbench. except for any case. All rights reserved. 45 .0 . Inc. 2. For instance. . set up. and its subsidiaries and affiliates.9.10. 2. Two shared data connections are created: one between the Geometry cell in the original system and the Geometry cell in the new system. 2. To create a duplicate system in which both the geometry and the mesh are shared between the original and new system: 1. change the geometry in the duplicate system and perform another fluid flow analysis on the new geometry. Duplicating Fluent-Based Systems Workbench allows you to create a duplicate of a system so that you can set up multiple. you can use the Duplicate command to create a duplicate of a Fluent-based system in which the data in the Geometry cells or the data in both the Geometry cells and the Mesh cells is shared between the two systems rather than copied. you are able to perform and preserve basic mesh manipulation operations in Fluent. and Setup cells in the new system will be the same as the states of the cells in the original system. Select Duplicate from the context menu. Select Duplicate from the context menu. The states of the Geometry. and initial data files associated with the Solution cell. A shared data connection is created between the Geometry cell in the original system and the Geometry cell in the new system. right-click the system header to open the system’s context menu.

. and also. . when parameters are modified (see Changing the Settings and Mesh in Fluent (p.0 .Working With Fluent in Workbench project in the Setup cell such that the operations are explicitly applied by Workbench once Fluent loads the mesh (and before reading the settings file) and automatically reapplied the next time an Update is performed. 50)). specifically using – boundaries – gradients – iso-values – regions – Yplus/Ystar 46 Release 15. the following mesh operations are not recorded within Fluent in Workbench: • separating faces and cells • zone operations such as activating.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. Inc. This is recorded primarily to address occasional mesh changes triggered by a change in the zone type) • creating periodic zones • polyhedra operations (convert to polyhedra. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. This allows you to more easily update the system if the upstream mesh has changed. Inc. as well as appending case and data files • replacing meshes • adapting meshes.© SAS IP. convert skewed cell to polyhedra) Important By contrast. for example. deleting. deactivating. You are able to perform and preserve the following mesh operations in Fluent in Workbench: • scaling • rotation • translation • smoothing • swapping • merging • fusing • zone/domain renaming • zone/domain reordering • zone type changing (the final zone type is dependent on the settings file. All rights reserved. and replacing zones.

or see if an operation has failed due to an incompatible upstream mesh.. • Delete — deletes the selected stored mesh operation. • Reload — saves only the current set of mesh operations and incoming zone information. Inc.13: The Recorded Mesh Operations Dialog Box The Recorded Mesh Operations dialog box allows you to view the mesh manipulation operations that are currently stored.. All rights reserved. and accepting the current zones as expected incoming zones. the Recorded Mesh Operations option in the Mesh menu is disabled. These display the Recorded Mesh Operations dialog box (Figure 2. You can also see new operations. Figure 2. clearing out all existing mesh operations. 47 . In the Recorded Mesh Operations dialog box. or the corresponding Recorded Mesh Operations toolbar option ( ).© SAS IP. option in the Mesh menu. When Fluent is started from the Solution cell.Reviewing Mesh Manipulation Operations in Fluent – anisotropic – volume See Modifying the Mesh in the User's Guide for more information about manipulating the mesh in Fluent. the following controls are available: • Reset — resets the stored mesh operations.. Inc.13: The Recorded Mesh Operations Dialog Box (p. These common mesh manipulation operations can be reviewed while working with Fluent in Workbench using the Recorded Mesh Operations.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. . and reloads the Setup cell.. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. Mesh ¡ Recorded Mesh Operations. Release 15.0 . 47)).

For example. Figure 2. and the Reload buttons are disabled when there are no mesh operations listed in the Recorded Mesh Operations dialog box. In the Recorded Mesh Operations dialog box. and when translating the mesh.© SAS IP. button in the Recorded Mesh Operations dialog box. select a listed operation to expand the dialog box in order to review the details of the selected mesh operation. specific details about the mesh manipulation operation can be reviewed under Operation Details in the Recorded Mesh Operations dialog box. upstream) zone names by clicking the Edit Incoming Zones. . the angle is provided in radians. . Figure 2.0 . Delete. Inc.14: Reviewing the Details of Rotating the Mesh in the Recorded Mesh Operations Dialog Box For a selected operation.15: The Incoming Zones Dialog Box (p.. You can also view (and minimally edit) the names of incoming (that is. Inc. 49)). Note that when rotating the mesh.Working With Fluent in Workbench Note the Reset.14: Reviewing the Details of Rotating the Mesh in the Recorded Mesh Operations Dialog Box (p. and its subsidiaries and affiliates.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. 48 Release 15. the distance is provided in meters. 48) illustrates how you can review the details of the rotation operation upon a mesh. All rights reserved.. Important You should note that using Reset/Delete/Reload is discouraged in cases with topological mesh transformations because of potential mismatches between recorded operations and the settings file. This displays the Incoming Zones dialog box (Figure 2.

When Fluent is closed. To correct any issues with missing or new incoming zone names.. click the Match Zone Names. button in the Incoming Zones dialog box to open the Match Zone Names dialog box. This list is used to provide you with warnings about any new or missing zones.0 . and its subsidiaries and affiliates. 49 . you can see new or missing zones. remove zones. all of the zones shown in the Incoming Zones dialog box are included in the list of zones that Fluent expects in the upstream mesh. ..Reviewing Mesh Manipulation Operations in Fluent Figure 2. Inc.16: The Match Zone Names Dialog Box Release 15. Figure 2.15: The Incoming Zones Dialog Box Using the Incoming Zones dialog box.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. or match zone names. All rights reserved. Inc. The stored mesh operations and settings will continue to behave as expected depending upon what zones they are operating upon.© SAS IP.

Working With Fluent in Workbench The Match Zone Names dialog box contains a listing of any missing zones or new zones in their respective columns. 28)) when changes are made to your project. In this case. there are other changes to the mesh within Fluent that are not recorded. For instance. are not saved as settings. effectively renaming the zone in Fluent. In order to address these issues. when detecting upstream zone name changes). All rights reserved. If you want to remove any unmatched zones in the Missing Zones list. solving. So. you can select the Discard unmatched missing zones and accept new zones option. you should first open Fluent using the Setup cell of the Fluid Flow (Fluent) analysis system in order for Fluent to be aware of the upstream mesh changes (for example. and closing Fluent as you would normally do. Inc. renaming a surface).© SAS IP. if a zone name has changed upstream. you would delete the zone names that are no longer expected and then continue setting other details. Important Note that there are certain changes to the mesh that you can perform within Fluent that are able to be recorded and reviewed and are treated as settings. you can use this dialog box to match the corresponding zone names. Another example would be if a zone is no longer present in the upstream mesh. 45).0). it is recommended that you use the Reload button in the Recorded Mesh Operations dialog box. 2. . and cannot be automatically re-applied when the Update command is used. close Fluent. In addition. Important After matching all zone names. you may be prompted when you attempt to calculate. if you do not want to change anything in the settings file. Note For older Fluent in Workbench projects (prior to version 15. click Apply.0 . You can use the Match Zone Names dialog box to manually manage upstream topological changes (such as zone name changes). you should perform a Reload after renaming the old zone name.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. Simply select a zone in the Missing Zones list and select a corresponding zone in the New Zones list. Changing the Settings and Mesh in Fluent In order to use the Update command (see Using the Update Command (p. if you make certain changes to the mesh and/or settings in Fluent.11. see Reviewing Mesh Manipulation Operations in Fluent (p. then you can delete it using the Incoming Zones dialog box. Fluent must know which settings changes should be stored as part of the Setup cell’s data (and therefore used during an update) and which settings changes should only be reflected in the results data that is associated with the Solution cell. and/or keep any additional new zones in the New Zones list. and. Inc. reloading would not work since the settings file will also need to be written. In this case. The matched zone pairs are then listed in the Matched Zone Pairs list. as such. . The 50 Release 15. Click the Remove button if you want to remove the matched zone pairs from the list. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. When you have completed matching zone names. For more information about recording and reviewing mesh manipulation operations in Fluent in Workbench. when making any changes to the mesh using ANSYS Meshing (for example. or save the project from Fluent.

Changing the Settings and Mesh in Fluent dialog boxes that appear (described in more detail below) allow you to select an action or to cancel the operation.17: The Mesh has changed! Dialog Box Since the mesh was provided to the system’s Setup cell by an upstream cell.set) file. If the mesh has not been changed using tools in Fluent. any changes to the settings are automatically saved to the settings (. you will not be prompted. Fluent does not provide a way to do this automatically. changes to the settings can also include any mesh modifications that can be recorded in Fluent in Workbench. and you are prompted with the following dialog box: Figure 2. For more information. In addition. any changes to the settings are automatically saved to the settings (. Inc.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. 45).0 . 51 . All rights reserved.1. see Reviewing Mesh Manipulation Operations in Fluent (p.11.set) file. a case file is saved and registered to the Setup cell to represent the modified mesh. If the mesh has been changed using tools in Fluent and the mesh was provided to the system’s Setup cell by an upstream cell. Inc. the original mesh cannot be replaced by the modified mesh without also making changes to the Project Schematic. For more information about recording and reviewing mesh manipulation operations in Fluent in Workbench. In addition. Fluent will automatically perform the default action for each dialog box described below. and its subsidiaries and affiliates.1. . Important If you save the project from an application other than Fluent or from the Project Schematic.© SAS IP.11. Changing Case and Mesh Settings Before Beginning a Calculation 2. the saved settings may not be compatible with the original mesh available to the Setup cell. Since there are several ways in which the schematic can be modified.2. Changing Case and Mesh Settings Before Beginning a Calculation Important Note that in the descriptions below. see the following sections: 2. You can choose any of the following actions: Release 15. Changing Case and Mesh Settings After a Calculation Has Started 2.11. mesh changes performed within Fluent only include those mesh modifications that are not recorded in Fluent in Workbench. If the mesh has been changed using tools in Fluent and the mesh was imported into the Fluent application or the system’s Setup cell.

see Reviewing Mesh Manipulation Operations in Fluent (p. changes to the settings can also include any mesh modifications that can be recorded in Fluent in Workbench. • Select Cancel in the Mesh has changed! dialog box and create a case modification strategy that automatically performs the desired mesh modification steps (as well as any settings changes that are dependent on the modified mesh) before calculating (see Case Modification Strategies with Fluent and Workbench (p. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. – If you specified settings before you changed the mesh. Important If you plan to make modifications to your mesh in Fluent (such as scaling. or converting to polyhedra) before performing any calculations. Important – If you open Fluent from the Setup cell. Inc. If you had selected to close Fluent or save the project.0 .© SAS IP. The action you requested when you were prompted will proceed. If you had selected to calculate. 55)). If changes to the settings have been made and the mesh has not been changed using tools in Fluent. either open Fluent from the Solution cell or select Continue Calculation from the Solution cell’s context menu.2. rotating. mesh changes performed within Fluent only include those mesh modifications that are not recorded in Fluent in Workbench. 2. Changing Case and Mesh Settings After a Calculation Has Started Important Note that in the descriptions below. In addition. you must also verify that those settings are consistent with the modified mesh. and you do not require any change made upstream of the Fluent Setup cell to be propagated to the mesh in the future.Working With Fluent in Workbench • Select OK in the Mesh has changed! dialog box. For more information about recording and reviewing mesh manipulation operations in Fluent in Workbench. All rights reserved. 45). you are prompted with the following dialog box: 52 Release 15.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. the modified mesh will be stored in the case file that is written as a result of either of those actions. . Inc. The modified mesh will not be saved if Fluent is closed without initializing or generating data.11. or update or refresh the Setup or Solution cell from the Project Schematic. the modified mesh will be replaced with the mesh provided by the upstream cell. simply create a new Fluent-based system and import the new case file that contains the modified mesh into its Setup cell. To calculate using the modified mesh. the iterations (or time-steps) will be performed on the modified mesh. – If you want to use the modified mesh as the starting point for another analysis. . This will allow you to automatically repeat the desired mesh modifications every time you perform an Update or restart the calculation from the Setup cell. Any changes to the settings will be saved to the settings file. you should import the mesh you plan to modify directly into the Setup cell of a Fluent-based analysis or component system.

53 . 55) for more details. The last two approaches allow you to automatically repeat setting changes after a specified number of iterations (or time-steps) every time you perform an Update or restart the calculation from the Setup cell. 45)). • Select Cancel in the warning dialog box and create a case modification strategy that automatically performs the desired settings changes after the appropriate number of iterations (or time-steps). Create a new duplicate system (see Duplicating Fluent-Based Systems (p. To calculate using the new settings either open Fluent from the Solution cell or select Continue Calculation from the Solution cell’s context menu. or save the project. You can choose any of the following actions: • Select the Use settings changes for current calculations only option in the warning dialog box.0 . – If you want to use the new settings as the starting point for another analysis.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. and the mesh includes changes made using dynamic or sliding mesh. the iterations (or time-steps) will start using the new settings. you are prompted with the following dialog box: Release 15. If the mesh has been changed using tools in Fluent. Inc. . see Case Modification Strategies with Fluent and Workbench (p. If you had selected to calculate.18: The Settings have changed! Dialog Box Since changes were made to the settings after you began the calculation. All rights reserved. or update or refresh the Setup or Solution cell from the Project Schematic. • Select Cancel in the warning dialog box. If you had selected to calculate. The modified settings will be saved to the settings file. If you had selected to close Fluent. • Select the Use settings changes for current and future calculations option in the warning dialog box. the new settings will be stored in the case file that is written as a result of either of those actions. simply create a new Fluent-based system and import the new case file that contains the new settings into its Setup cell. the new settings will also be stored in the case file that is written as a result of either of those actions.© SAS IP. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. The action you requested when you were prompted will proceed. Inc. and connect the Solution cells for the two systems so that the calculations will be performed in sequence. If you had selected to close Fluent. the iterations (or time-steps) will start using the new settings. The modified settings will not be saved to the settings file. the settings will be replaced with the settings in the settings file that is associated with the Setup cell. you have to specify whether or not the settings changes should be saved to the settings file. or save the project. modify the settings.Changing the Settings and Mesh in Fluent Figure 2. Important – If you open Fluent from the Setup cell. The action you requested when you were prompted will proceed.

the new 54 Release 15. Inc. If you had selected to close Fluent. .Working With Fluent in Workbench Figure 2. Important • Whenever you modify the mesh in Fluent.© SAS IP. All rights reserved. you are prompted with the following dialog box: Figure 2. If you had selected to calculate.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. Inc. . You can choose any of the following actions: • Select the Use settings and mesh changes for current calculations only option in the warning dialog box. The modified settings will not be saved to the settings file. those mesh operations will be ignored in future solution runs. The action you requested when you were prompted will proceed. or save the project.0 . Otherwise. Fluent does not allow you to save the modified settings and/or mesh operations once the calculation has started.19: The Mesh and settings have changed! Dialog Box Important Note that when Fluent modifies the mesh. Note that in cases where unrecorded mesh operations are performed in Fluent. the iterations (or time-steps) will start using the new settings and the modified mesh. if the mesh has been changed using tools in Fluent.20: The Mesh and settings have changed! Dialog Box You need to specify whether or not any changes you made to the settings after you began the calculation should be saved to the settings file. you also make changes to some settings in Fluent. Therefore. mesh modifications always result in setting changes. • The original mesh cannot be replaced by the modified mesh after the calculation has begun. and its subsidiaries and affiliates.

55) for more details. This allows you to automatically repeat the desired setting changes and mesh modification steps after a specified number of iterations (or time-steps) every time you perform an Update or restart the calculation from the Setup cell. 2. If you had selected to close Fluent. you must verify that the new settings are consistent with the original mesh.© SAS IP.. – If you want to use the new settings and the modified mesh as the starting point for another analysis. or update or refresh the Setup or Solution cell from the Project Schematic.Case Modification Strategies with Fluent and Workbench settings and the modified mesh will be stored in the case file that is written as a result of either of those actions. or save the project. Release 15.. The action you requested when you were prompted will proceed. 55 . button opens the Automatic Solution Initialization and Case Modification dialog box. the settings and the modified mesh will be replaced with the mesh and settings in the files that are associated with the Setup cell. Selecting the option and clicking the Edit. Inc. Important If you open Fluent from the Setup cell. If you had selected to calculate.0 . Inc. Important – If you open Fluent from the Setup cell. • Select the Use settings and mesh changes for current and future calculations option in the warning dialog box. The modified settings will be saved to the settings file. . All rights reserved. To calculate using the new settings and the modified mesh. simply create a new Fluent-based system and import the new case file that contains the new settings and the modified mesh into its Setup cell. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. the new settings will be used in conjunction with the mesh in the file that is associated with the Setup cell. Case Modification Strategies with Fluent and Workbench Fluent allows you to specify your own initialization and start-up routines using automatically executed strategies that you can define using the Automatic Solution Initialization and Case Modification option on the Calculation Activities task page within Fluent. either open Fluent from the Solution cell or select Continue Calculation from the Solution cell’s context menu. Since those settings may have been specified after the mesh was modified. the new settings and the modified mesh will also be stored in the case file that is written as a result of either of those actions.12. see Case Modification Strategies with Fluent and Workbench (p.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. • Select Cancel in the warning dialog box and create a case modification strategy that automatically performs the desired settings changes and mesh modification steps after the appropriate number of iterations (or time-steps). or update or refresh the Setup or Solution cell from the Project Schematic. the iterations (or time-steps) will start using the new settings and the modified mesh.

Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS.0 . Solution strategies can also be useful when you need to perform mesh manipulation steps after a specified number of iterations during a calculation. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. you can specify steps that will be executed at the beginning of your calculation if you incorporate them into a case modification strategy. As mentioned in Changing the Settings and Mesh in Fluent (p. it will be used when a system is updated from the Project Schematic in Workbench. make sure to reload the original mesh and revert to the original settings before re-running the case modification strategy 56 Release 15. mesh manipulations steps executed from within Fluent are not repeated when an update is performed from the Project Schematic or you start Fluent from the Setup cell. . and so on) When a case modification strategy is defined within Fluent. Inc.21: Accessing Solution Strategies in Fluent Using the Automatic Solution Initialization and Case Modification dialog box. .Working With Fluent in Workbench Figure 2. you are able to specify your initialization method on the Initialization Method tab and use any text user interface (TUI) command to modify the case after a specified number of time steps or iterations in the Case Modification tab. for mesh manipulation. All rights reserved. switch to 2nd order. especially for cases where a prescribed start-up and solution routine is used (start with 1st order. Important Whenever you run a case modification strategy interactively. However. This option replaces the need for some simple journal files. turn on reactions.© SAS IP. 50). Inc.

When a solution strategy is defined.Working With Input and Output Parameters in Workbench (see the separate Fluent User's Guide for information on how the original settings can be reset automatically as part of a case modification strategy). Fluent will try to perform the specified number of iterations or time-steps. If you choose to export a design point. Working With Input and Output Parameters in Workbench Workbench uses parameters and design points to allow you to run optimization and what-if scenarios. On the other hand. Otherwise. every time you choose to continue the calculation.© SAS IP. Inc. a Parameters cell is added to the system and the Parameter Set bus bar is added to your project.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. click the box in the Exported column for that design point before you update that design point. you can right-click the row for one design point and select the Update Selected Design Point option from the context menu to compute the output parameters for that design point. except that it is appended with _dpn. The new project is located in the same directory as the original project. you can select Update All Design Points from the Toolbar to update all of your design points in sequence. Alternatively. Arrows representing input and output parameters connect the bus bar to each system in which you have defined parameters. To create a new design point. is different than when additional iterations or time steps are specified in the Run Calculations task page. Important When running Fluent in Workbench. when additional iterations or time steps are specified in the Run Calculations task page.0 . 57 . All rights reserved. where Release 15. For more information about using these features in Fluent. continuing the calculation has no effect. You can define both input and output parameters in Fluent that can be used in your Workbench project. . You can also define parameters in other applications including ANSYS DesignModeler and ANSYS CFDPost. the behavior when continuing the calculation from the Solution cell. Double-click the Parameter Set bus bar to open the Parameters Set tab. the data for that design point is automatically deleted after the output parameters for that design point are updated.13. Important Only the data from the design point in the row labeled Current is saved with the project. see the Fluent User's Guide. You can create several design points. Fluent will complete the iterations or time steps specified by the solution strategy. The name of the project is the same as the name of the original project. The Parameters Set tab includes the Outline of All Parameters table that lists all of the parameters in your project as well as the Table of Design Points table in which you can specify design points. 2. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. Once you have defined parameters for your system. enter the input parameter values that you want to use for that design point in the Table of Design Points in the row with an asterisk (*) in the first column. Once you have finished specifying design points. If you want to post-process the results from a different design point in either ANSYS Fluent or ANSYS CFD-Post. when a solution strategy is defined. Once the solution is Up-to-Date. Inc. the data associated with that design point is exported to a new project.

0 . For more information about parameters. you can directly access the Parameters dialog box using the Parameters. edit. option in the Fluent Define menu. For more information about using input and output parameters in Fluent (along with using them in Scheme functions and UDFs).Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. the Toolbox contains a separate Results component system (that is. Inc. or the corresponding Parameter System toolbar option ( ). When a Results cell is connected to a Fluent-based system’s Solution cell and the Results cell’s state is either Refresh Required or Update Changes Pending. . Important Note that you cannot create. or rename parameters in Fluent if any iterations (or time-steps) have been performed. All rights reserved.. what-if scenarios and optimization studies in Workbench..© SAS IP. see Defining and Viewing Parameters and Creating Output Parameters in the Fluent User's Guide. If you want to create. Viewing Your Fluent Data Using ANSYS CFD-Post ANSYS CFD-Post is a post-processing application that helps you visualize the results of your ANSYS Fluent CFD simulations. For Fluent-based analysis systems. edit. . the Results cell provides access to the ANSYS CFD-Post application. Note In Fluent. delete. In addition. Inc. see the Workbench on-line documentation. ANSYS CFD-Post) that you can add to the Project Schematic and connect to Fluent-based systems. design points. or rename parameters in Fluent for a case with an existing solution. 58 Release 15. you must first initialize the solution. 2. you can view the results of your Fluent calculation in ANSYS CFD-Post by double-clicking the Results cell.14. delete. This will load the Fluent results into ANSYS CFD-Post. and its subsidiaries and affiliates.Working With Fluent in Workbench n is the row number that corresponds to the design point in the original project’s Table of Design Points.

Inc.Viewing Your Fluent Data Using ANSYS CFD-Post Figure 2. Release 15. you can add additional quantities to your regular Fluent data file using the Data File Quantities dialog box in Fluent. see the separate Fluent User's Guide. For more information. 2. These files can be used to save just the variables of interest. All rights reserved. 59 .0 . Important There are two options for exporting Fluent files for ANSYS CFD-Post: 1. Standard Fluent case and data files do not contain all variables. you can also view the results of your simulation using the standard Fluent postprocessing tools.22: Multiple Fluent Results Loaded Into ANSYS CFD-Post Important In addition to analyzing your results in ANSYS CFD-Post. see the separate Fluent User's Guide. . When you edit a Results cell that is connected to the Solution cell in a Fluent-based system.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. Inc. Lightweight data files are created by exporting ANSYS CFD-Post compatible files. For more information on exporting Fluent files for ANSYS CFD-Post. ANSYS CFD-Post always loads the standard Fluent case and data files. and its subsidiaries and affiliates.© SAS IP. however.

The directory name is appended with a number to distinguish it from the directories for other systems of the same type (with the exception of the directory name for the first system of a specific type which has no number appended to it).db and transport.inp) • property database files (thermo. In addition to the settings. FLU represents a Fluent-based component system. you are responsible for making sure that they are located in the appropriate folder within the project file structure. Post represents a Results component system. The following figure represents an example of the directory structure for Workbench project with two Fluid Flow (Fluent) systems and one Results system: 60 Release 15. Within each system directory is a folder for each application that is part of the system.0 . .che or .© SAS IP.wbpj).Working With Fluent in Workbench 2. All rights reserved. my-project). This folder is used to store the files generated and used by the application. my-project. FFF represents a Fluent-based analysis system.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. case and data files. The directory is named using the corresponding system identifier (for example. and so on).ray files • mechanism files (. . the project is saved with a . Understanding the File Structure for Fluent in Workbench When you save a Workbench project (for example.pdf) • interpreted user-defined (UDF) files • compiled UDF libraries • Discrete Transfer Radiation (DTRM) . Inc.wbpj extension (for example. the following files are managed by Fluent in Workbench: • monitor files • flamelet files • view factor files • non-premixed files (. Each system in the Project Schematic has its own directory under the dp0 directory. my-project_files). Inc. however. and its subsidiaries and affiliates.15.db) You may use other types of files with Fluent in Workbench. Other files associated with the project (through other Workbench applications such as ANSYS Fluent or CFX) are located in the dp0 folder within a _files folder (for example.

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. Inc. The _files folder also contains a user_files directory. . Important Monitor files are automatically written to the appropriate working directory within the Workbench project files directory. However. The shared file will exist in either the directory of the first system that used it.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS.Working With Fluent in Workbench Figure 2.24: The Files View for a Project in Workbench If data is shared between two systems. You will not be able to specify a different path for monitor 62 Release 15. you should not modify the structure of the project directories or delete or modify any of the files that Workbench applications have stored in the project directories.© SAS IP. then files are also shared between the two systems. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. Important In general.0 . or in a global directory in the design point directory (depending on the type of system that generated the file). This directory should be used for any files you create or reference that you would like to store with the project. All rights reserved. Inc. you may delete Fluent case and data files that are stored with the project but are no longer needed. You should close Fluent before deleting Fluent case and data files from the project directories.

. Important If you use models that generate mesh-dependent information the first time they are set up (for example. it is recommended that you save the project soon after unloading the library. case..dtrm or .s2s output files. DTRM. • Use a solution strategy and write the . rebuild the UDF library locally by going to the Compiled UDFs dialog box (Define ¡ User Defined ¡ Functions ¡ Compiled. Important If you intend to use a Fluent journal file that reads or writes files while running under Workbench. save the project. (write-sglobs "2d.dtrm file. To do so. When reading older case files in which a different location is specified for monitor files. see the following section: 2. and its subsidiaries and affiliates..s2s. Fluent automatically saves the settings.1. Important If your Fluent setup involves compiling and loading a user-defined function (UDF).Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS.h files. selecting the archived .0 . This location is available in the Files view in Workbench. For more information.15. Next.15.s2s file) may be incompatible with the new mesh. you will need to recompile the libraries after opening the archived project. a warning message will inform you that the path will be modified. File paths in the journal files should use relative paths to point to the new locations for the files. go to the UDF Library Manager dialog box (Define ¡ User Defined ¡ Functions ¡ Manage. S2S) and then you change the mesh used in your system. Inc.c and .). the journal file and the files it references should be moved to the appropriate Fluent folder in the appropriate system folder in the Workbench project working directory. Fluent File Naming in Workbench When running under Workbench. Inc.Understanding the File Structure for Fluent in Workbench files from within Fluent. If you need to unload a UDF library for any reason during your simulation.gz")). . All rights reserved. and data files for your system as needed. Release 15.s2s file as a pre-initialization method using the appropriate command (for example. If you archive a project that includes compiled user defined functions.© SAS IP... To resolve this issue.) and unload the existing UDF library. 63 . You may need to save the project first to create the appropriate files folder within the Workbench project (for example project name\dp0\FFF\Fluent\). Finally. .1. and then update the system. compiling. compute/write the . Fluent File Naming in Workbench 2. the mesh dependent information (for example. and loading the new UDF library. it is recommended that you copy the UDF source code files to the same location as your mesh and settings files before compiling the UDF libraries. you will need to open Fluent from the Setup cell. you can: • Open Fluent from your system.

select the Store the modified settings for a future calculation and use them this time option. it appends the base name with the same run number as the associated case file and with the iteration (or time-step) number at which it was saved. it appends the base name with the run number. Working with ANSYS Licensing When working with Workbench. FFF-1-00020. FFF-1. Save the project. 1.cas. select the Calculate button. 10 additional iterations are completed. 2. In the Fluent application. the run number is incremented in order to avoid overwriting the previous case file.set is written (overwriting the existing file) and 10 additional iterations are completed. When Fluent saves a case file. The case file is only written when the settings and/or mesh is changed. 3. When Fluent saves a data file. The following example shows how file naming works in Fluent under Workbench. When Fluent next writes a case file.msh. Release 15.0 . 2.gz are written. Inc.Working With Fluent in Workbench Fluent names these files using the base name of the mesh file. All rights reserved.gz is written. A new case file is not written every time that a data file is written. In the Fluent application. In this example.cas. FFF-2. 4.gz and FFF-1-00010. and data files. you have a single Fluid Flow (Fluent) analysis system and you have created the mesh in Workbench. Double-click Setup cell.gz are written. change the value of the inlet velocity. specify boundary conditions. 8.dat. FFF. . In ANSYS Fluent. 7.gz and FFF-2-00030.© SAS IP. the mesh file uses the system’s directory name as its base name. If a mesh (or case) file is imported. 5. FFF. select the Calculate button. Save the project. and its subsidiaries and affiliates.dat. 64 . the base name of the imported file is used as the base name for the settings. initialize the solution and enter 10 iterations on the Run Calculation task page.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. Fluent launches and loads FFF. When prompted. If the mesh is created in Workbench.16.set file is written and 10 iterations are completed. case. you have the option to share a single license between applications that use the same license or the option for each application to check out its own license. select the Calculate button. In the Fluent application. 6. Inc. Save the project. Important The same naming convention is used when autosaving with Fluent under Workbench.dat.

1. In shared mode.Using Custom Systems For more information. the new application will check out an additional license. there is a predefined Fluent-based custom system (FSI: Fluid Flow (Fluent) − > Static Structural – the single arrow is meant to convey that the interaction is oneway). If you open an application. you will be informed that the required license is not available. For more information about licensing and shared license mode.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. Under Custom Systems in the Toolbox. Workbench automatically creates a link between the Geometry cell in the Fluent system and the Geometry cell in the Structural system and between the Solution cell in the Fluent system and the Setup cell in the Structural system. if the Fluent session is open and idle.1. To use a custom template. and that license is available. you can work in ANSYS CFD-Post without closing Fluent. it will use that license. Shared Licensing Mode 2. Therefore. it will first check to see if it can use a license that is already checked out. and Remote Solve Manager (RSM) Processes and Submitting Fluent Jobs to RSM. 2. see the following section: 2. Similarly. If there is not a license checked out that is compatible with the new application. or they can be broken into a series of jobs for parallel processing. you can have both ANSYS Fluent and ANSYS CFD-Post open at the same time. For example. You can create your own system template and then save it as a Custom System by performing the following steps: Release 15. with just a single license. All rights reserved. Using Fluent With the Remote Solve Manager (RSM) The Remote Solve Manager (RSM) is a job queuing system used to distribute tasks that require computing resources. In shared mode.0 . If iterations are being performed in the Fluent session. you can have multiple sessions of Fluent open at the same time using just a single license. see the Workbench on-line documentation. only one application can actively use the license at a time. However. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. you can have multiple licenses of each type of non-shareable licenses checked out at a time. although a single license is shared between multiple applications. Shared Licensing Mode When using shared licensing.18. Using Custom Systems Workbench allows you to add custom templates and includes some pre-defined custom templates. you can have multiple licenses of each type of non-shareable licenses checked out at a time. If the license is not available because it is being used by another application.© SAS IP.16. For more information about using Fluent in Workbench and RSM (with associated limitations). . 2. you can have 1 acfd license and 1 acfd prepost license checked out at the same time but you cannot have 2 acfd licenses checked out at the same time. Inc.16. you cannot do anything in the ANSYS CFD-Post session. If it can. Background. 65 . see Submitting Solutions for Local. double-click the template to add it to the Project Schematic. RSM schedules and manages tasks within Workbench and allows tasks to be sent only to the local machine to run in background mode. You will not be able to use the new application until that license becomes available. Non-shareable licenses include solver-only licenses and parallel licenses. Inc. When you double-click the template to add it to the Project Schematic.17.

66 Release 15. or create new journals manually (also known as scripting). that include your interactions within Workbench and. you can only exchange surface data for force and thermal loads. you cannot exchange thermal load data. For more information about recording and using session journals in Workbench..Working With Fluent in Workbench 1. you can edit and/or play back previously recorded journal files. see the separate ANSYS Workbench Scripting Guide. If a string is included in the TUI command. .Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. Inc.19. the TUI command will not be recognized unless you use double quotes around it (for example. then a backslash is required before the quotes around the string. Important When you use Fluent to perform a one-way fluid-structure interaction (FSI) analysis using the approach demonstrated in the predefined Fluent-based custom system. as well as reference documentation containing available commands and properties.. All rights reserved. Important • When using the Send Command method to directly call a Fluent text user interface (TUI) command. . Using Journaling and Scripting with Fluent in Workbench You can keep a history of your interactions within Workbench. that can also include your interactions within Fluent. by recording your interactions with the program(s) in session journals (also referred to as journaling). you should use Fluent text user interface (TUI) commands instead.SendCommand(Command="(cx-gui-do cx-activate-item \"MenuBar*FileMenu*Close Fluent\") ") • Fluent internal Scheme commands may not work properly when called directly using the Send Command method.SendCommand("define model energy no")). Inc. since the journal files are Python-based scripts. Right-click the white space in the Project Schematic and select Add to Custom from the context menu. Therefore. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. Manually create the desired system diagram in the Project Schematic. and you are performing a multiphase simulation in Fluent.0 . This is done using the Scripting submenu in the Workbench File menu: File ¡ Scripting ¡ Record Journal. For example: setup1. Important When you use Fluent to perform a one-way fluid-structure interaction (FSI) analysis using the approach demonstrated in the predefined Fluent-based custom system.© SAS IP.. if applicable. any interactions within Fluent: File ¡ Scripting ¡ Run Script File. setup.. 2. In addition. 2.

20. System Coupling Related Settings in Fluent 2. The few coupling related settings that are required in the Fluent setup are described below.4.20. . 70). the coupled analysis is executed by updating the System Coupling system’s Solution cell. Additional information can be found in the following sections: 2. All rights reserved.5. 67 . Restarting Fluent Analyses as Part of System Couplings 2.7.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS.1. in the sectionSystem Coupling Related Settings in Fluent (p. Supported Capabilities and Limitations 2. Supported Capabilities and Limitations ANSYS Fluent supports the following capabilities when used in a System Coupling analysis: • The use of triangular and quadrilateral faced interface cell types.20.20. System Coupling case with Fluent using Patched Data 2. Inc. Most of the coupling related settings for your analysis are made through the System Coupling system’s Setup user interface. Note For System Coupling cases using Fluent.20.20.6.0 . Release 15.20. you can set up a one-way or two-way fluid-structure interaction (FSI) design analysis in Workbench by connecting a System Coupling component system to your Mechanical system and to your ANSYS Fluent fluid flow analysis system. it is a best practice to run Fluent in double precision.20. How Fluent’s Execution is Affected by System Couplings 2.© SAS IP.20. • Full dynamic mesh support everywhere except on coupling interface.Performing System Coupling Simulations Using Fluent in Workbench 2. Inc.20.9.1. Product Licensing Considerations when using System Coupling 2.8. ANSYS Mechanical (Transient or Static Structural) and ANSYS Fluent) using a System Coupling component system.3. Once the coupling setup is complete. rather than the same cell in the connected co-simulation participant systems. Performing System Coupling Simulations Using Fluent in Workbench You can use Workbench to perform coupled simulations using two or more systems (for example.Troubleshooting Two-Way Coupled Analysis Problems 2. The following is the list of supported coupling participants: • Fluent • Static Structural • Transient Structural • Steady-State Thermal • Transient Thermal • External Data Connecting the Setup cell from an ANSYS Fluent analysis system to the Setup cell for the System Coupling component system signals the latter system that the Fluent solver will act as a co-simulation participant in a coupled analysis. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. As described in the separate System Coupling Guide. Variables Available for System Coupling 2. Running Fluent as a System Coupling Participant from the Command Line 2.2.20.

• Input of temperature and heat flow on all wall boundaries. 68 Release 15.) • Output of temperature. and heat transfer coefficient to System Coupling on all wall boundaries (with or without enabling the System Coupling option in the Dynamic Mesh Zones dialog box).© SAS IP. heat flow. Data Transfer regions cannot exist in 2D meshes (where the data transfer region would be a line/curve). Therefore. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. Note the following limitations when using Fluent in a System Coupling analysis: • Using System Coupling with the Remote Solver manager (RSM) in Fluent is not supported. This means that dynamic remeshing cannot be used on the System Coupling boundary. two different fluids on either side of a zero thickness internal wall in Fluent). momentum. (Note the additional via System Coupling option in the Thermal tab of the Boundary Conditions dialog box. This change has been automatically applied. • Convergence data for all equations (for example. and energy convergence data) are shared with the System Coupling service at run time. • System Coupling requires participants to use 3D meshes. This data transfer allows these data to be collated and charted in conjunction with other data in the System Coupling user interface. • Output of total force on all boundary wall regions. Program Controlled should not be used for Fluent’s Initialization Method. a sliding mesh zone or rigid body zone results in bulk rigid motion of the mesh. • The mesh topology on a System Coupling boundary in Fluent must remain fixed for the duration of the analysis. Fluent does not allow other mesh motions to be superimposed on the sliding/rigid mesh motion.Working With Fluent in Workbench • Full support for local and distributed parallel solver execution. (Note the additional System Coupling option in the Dynamic Mesh Zones dialog box. a System Coupling interface cannot exist within a sliding mesh zone or rigid body zone in Fluent. but interior nodes away from the System Coupling boundary can still be remeshed during the solution. • The non-iterative time-advancement (NITA) scheme in Fluent cannot be used in a System Coupling analysis. with data transfer regions consisting of element faces within the 3D mesh. If attempted. Inc. • When executing design points for System Coupling cases where Fluent is a participant. . • In Fluent. All rights reserved. • System Coupling does not support data transfer regions on polyhedral or cut-cell meshes. • Moving and deforming mesh specification on boundary wall regions using incremental displacements obtained through System Couplings.0 . Inc.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. continuity. • Monitor data (except equation residual data) is not shared with System Coupling and can therefore only be plotted in Fluent. Fluent is able to serve the total force variable (viscous and normal) on all wall boundaries (with or without enabling the System Coupling option in the Dynamic Mesh Zones dialog box). see Specifying the Motion of Dynamic Zones for more information). • Forces on wall/wall-shadow pairs are not supported (for example. . you will receive the following message: Solution updates for Fluent systems participating in System Couplings must run in the foreground.

2: Variables On Boundary Wall Regions Display Name / Internal Name Transfer Direction Output Input Input and Output Input and Output Output Data Type Physical Type Force Length Temperature Heat Rate force / force displacement / displacement temperature / temperature VectorXYZ* VectorXYZ* Scalar heat flow / heatflow Scalar heat transfer coefficient / heattransfer-coefficient near wall temperature / nearwall-temperature *Represents the force vector ively.20. §) respect- force In almost all cases. Note In order to have changes made in Fluent systems propagated to downstream System Coupling systems. when Fluent is running in transient mode and the fluid material is a an ideal gas). £) and the displacements vector ¤ ¥. force transferred from Fluent to System Coupling is the gauge pressure in Fluent minus the specified Reference Pressure (not the Operating Pressure). Variables Available for System Coupling The following variables will be available on all boundary wall regions.1) ¨ = © + © . or close Fluent. For the specific case of when Floating Operating Pressure is on (for example.Performing System Coupling Simulations Using Fluent in Workbench • Shell conduction is not available when the Fluent region is set up to receive thermal data via System Coupling. Table 2. You can change the force transferred by changing the Reference Pressure value. force is calculated by: (2. Viscous forces are also included. If this is not done. This will ensure that the information passed to System Coupling matches settings in Fluent.2. Scalar Heat Transfer Coefficient Temperature ( Output Scalar   ( ¡. synchronize with Workbench. ¢. save your project. 2. the analysis may be allowed to run but the following Workbench state error will be issued at the end of the run: Update of the Solution component in System Coupling failed: Update of the Solution component in System Coupling did not mark container as updated (final state is OutOfDate). ¦.

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The exterior sea water is not modeled. Inc. then during the first coupling iteration of each coupling step the displacement received is 0 [m]. the Reference Pressure in Fluent should be set to -110 bar. and that qualify as valid coupling regions. ¡ ¢£¤¥¦ is the specified reference pressure. Relying on two large forces to exactly cancel out is prone to discretization (mesh resolution) errors. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. Consider flow in a pressurized sub-sea pipe. System Coupling Related Settings in Fluent • Double-Precision Solver System Coupling cases may benefit from the use of Fluent’s double-precision solver. We are no longer relying on two large forces cancelling out and we have minimized the forces sent across the FSI interface. it is not ideal because the correct structural solution is only obtained if 100 bar of the interior pressure cancels out with the 100 bar exterior pressure. Minimizing the forces sent across the FSI interface is also good practice. 2. Moments.© SAS IP. For more information on force calculations. Therefore the best approach is to use an Operating Pressure of 110 bar and a Reference Pressure of -10 bar in Fluent. see Computing Forces. The following example of a pressurized sub-sea pipe is a demonstration of how to transfer the absolute pressure in a System Coupling analysis by changing the Reference Pressure. Inc. . The pipe is pressurized to 110 bar absolute and the exterior water pressure is 100 bar. that is. This accounts for the pressure difference between the interior and exterior of the pipe. For coupling cases with moving and deforming meshes (MDM). displacement The following applies in a coupled analysis where displacement is received by Fluent. The forces Fluent sends to System Coupling are then based on the gauge pressure minus -10 bar. • In a general coupled analysis. • The displacement data received by Fluent represents the incremental displacement for the current time step (the incremental displacement since the end of the previous time step). • The displacement variable is only available on walls that have the System Coupling moving and deforming mesh (MDM) option selected. To include the absolute pressure in the forces sent to System Coupling. when Fluent solves before or simultaneously to the solver sending the displacement (such as Mechanical). Absolute Pressure Example Force transferred from Fluent in a System Coupling analysis is the gauge pressure minus the specified Reference Pressure. so there is no need to apply an external pressure in Mechanical. In Fluent the Operating Pressure would typically be set to 110 bar. and § ¨© is the pressure rise. the gauge pressure plus 10 bar. All rights reserved.20. and the Center of Pressure in the Fluent Theory Guide. . which clearly does not represent the real physics. The Mechanical model would then need a pressure of 100 bar applied to the exterior surfaces of the pipe. The internal surface of the pipe forms an FSI interface to a Mechanical model of the pipe. By default the forces passed to System Coupling would only include the local pressure changes relative to 110 bar.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS.0 .Working With Fluent in Workbench where   is the pressure relative to the reference location (see Floating Operating Pressure in the Fluent User's Guide). This behavior can be changed by using GeneralAnalysis_IncrDisp_InitIterationValue_Zero in System Coupling’s Expert Settings. it is a best practice to use Fluent’s double-precision 70 Release 15. You can change the force transferred by changing the Reference Pressure value. Although this approach is valid.3.

refer to Performing Pseudo Transient Calculations in the Fluent User's Guide. For more information.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. make sure the appropriate solution stabilization options are selected in the Solver Options tab. the step size for and duration of the analysis are controlled by the System Coupling service. How Fluent’s Execution is Affected by System Couplings ANSYS Fluent’s execution is modified slightly to allow the Coupling Service to manage the evolution of the coupled analysis. select Double Precision to use Fluent’s double-precision solver. You can recover the previous behavior by using the following command: (rpsetvar ’sc/steady/default-iteration-method? #f). For steady-state dynamic mesh applications. • Run Calculation – When running as part of a transient coupled analysis. the number of iterations specified in Fluent was equal to the solver iterations solved in a coupling step and was divided equally between the coupling iterations in a coupling step. system–coupled Fluent analyses. 2. – The specified Max Iterations/Time Step corresponds to the maximum number of non-linear solver iterations performed per coupling iteration.0 . • Heat Transfer – The via System Coupling option must be selected on the desired wall boundaries in order to obtain heat transfer data (temperature or heat flow) from other participants taking part in the coupled analysis. see Single-Precision and Double-Precision Solvers in the Fluent Getting Started Guide. 71 . For steady-state. – Once the System Coupling option is selected. Inc.20. For pseudo-transient cases.5.and double-precision solvers. – In the Fluent Launcher. • Dynamic Mesh – The System Coupling option must be selected on the desired moving and deforming wall boundaries in order to obtain displacements from other co-simulation participants taking part in the coupled analysis. ¡ The Time Step Size(s) specified in the Fluent setup is currently ignored. Prior to ANSYS FLUENT 14. refer to Steady-State Dynamic Mesh Applications in the Fluent User's Guide.Performing System Coupling Simulations Using Fluent in Workbench solver. All rights reserved. the Fluent solution will be advanced using the time step size specified as part of the System Coupling setup. Solution stabilization should be activated if you find that the Fluent solution is particularly sensitive to the data obtained through system couplings.4. see Process Synchronization and Analysis Evolution in the System Coupling User's Guide. ¡ The Number of Time Steps is also ignored. Inc. Release 15. For example. For more information about Fluent’s single. . the number of iterations specified in Fluent is equal to the maximum number of solver iterations solved per coupling iteration in a coupling step. it is often beneficial for FSI problems in which the fluid is incompressible. and its subsidiaries and affiliates.© SAS IP.

By default. the case and data files (. so to be able to select a different restart point. Select the desired restart point. In Workbench’s Project Schematic. The default restart point is taken from the last generated case and data files. Click Read to read-in the data for the selected restart point. as this will clear all solution data and restore the original mesh and settings.20. To restart your coupled analysis. All rights reserved. Once the data is read. Making Changes in Fluent Before Restarting 2.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS.cas and . Inc. Make sure that you select the restart point that corresponds to the restart points selected for the System Coupling service and the other coupling participants. and its subsidiaries and affiliates.3. Recovering the Fluent Restart Point after a Workbench Crash 2. To specify a different restart point. .dat) corresponding to the current restart point will be used. For other participant systems connected to your System Coupling system.20. Only one restart point can be selected. Fluent will automatically generate the corresponding case and data (cas/dat) files based upon requests received from the System Coupling service. 2.5.1. Inc. click Close to close the Solution Files dialog box. Generating Fluent Restart Files Restarts of a system coupling analysis requires corresponding restart points to exist in the coupling service and in each of the solvers participating in the analysis. Note that these files are generated in addition to the restart points (or results) manually requested via the Autosave Every field in the Calculation Activities task page within Fluent.5. you will also need restart information specific to the participants connected to your System Coupling system. 6.20. Warning Do not double-click Fluent’s Setup cell. see Supported System Couplings in the System Coupling User's Guide for a list of supported systems and references to their corresponding documentation regarding restarts.Working With Fluent in Workbench 2. 2.1.5.20.2. Restarting Fluent Analyses as Part of System Couplings Go to the section Restarting a System Coupling Analysis in the System Coupling User's Guide for the steps needed to restart a coupled analysis. Specify a Restart Point in Fluent 2.5.20.20.© SAS IP. 72 . 4. perform the following steps: 1. Select File > Solution Files to open the Solution Files dialog box with a list of all available restart points. the latest saved restart point is selected.5.4. Release 15. if it exists. double-click Fluent’s Solution cell to open the Fluent interface.2. 5.5.20. Close Fluent by selecting File > Close Fluent. first click on the highlighted restart point to deselect it.0 . 3.5. Specify a Restart Point in Fluent When the Fluent solution is updated (or restarted). Generating Fluent Restart Files 2. The sections below have information specific to restarting Fluent in a coupled analysis: 2.

You will also need the information below about Fluent. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. double-click the Fluent Solution cell. Choose OK when prompted to overwrite the existing case file. a new case file for the restart point must be created as follows: 1. If this is the case. Select File > Import > Case and Data. changes to iteration controls. To recover Fluent’s restart point after a Workbench crash: 1. These files are useful to recover the last saved state. The usual project directory (ProjectName_files) contains the latest Fluent and System Coupling results and restart points (these solvers use the live project instead of running in a temporary directory). as well as information specific to the other participant systems connected to System Coupling. For other participant systems connected to your System Coupling system. All rights reserved. 2. 73 . . Recovering the Fluent Restart Point after a Workbench Crash Workbench or one of the components may crash such that restart files are available but they are not recognized or populated in the Workbench project. To modify the settings for a restart. 3.5. Release 15. If you are presented with a notification that the modified mesh and settings will be used for the current run. see Supported System Couplings in the System Coupling User's Guide for a list of supported systems and references to their corresponding documentation regarding restarts. In this dialog box. The usual Solution Files dialog will not be populated with the data files written before Workbench crashed. and so on). 2.4. Note the name of the case (and data) file that is loaded when the current restart point is read.. choose OK to accept and close the dialog box.5. Make the needed setup changes in Fluent.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS.. The following question will appear in a dialog box: Imported data will not be compatible with the data coming from the Mesh cell. Inc.3. Note that the . but note that the upstream Mesh cell will be deleted. If the Fluent interface is not open. The settings that are stored in the case file corresponding to the current restart point will be used for Fluent restarts. select Yes. Close Fluent by selecting File > Close Fluent.Performing System Coupling Simulations Using Fluent in Workbench 2. Double-click the Fluent Solution cell to open Fluent’s interface.backup directory contains the original version of any files which have been modified since the last save.0 . and select the noted case file. Inc. 2.20. under-relaxation factors. you will be able to recover your project and restart your analysis. but they are not useful for restarting your analysis. so the correct backup point must be imported into the Fluent session.20. Fluent setup changes are required to avoid failure of the coupled analysis (for example. See Recovering from a Workbench Crash in the System Coupling User's Guide for the steps needed to recover a coupled analysis after a Workbench crash.© SAS IP. 4. Making Changes in Fluent Before Restarting In some cases. Select File > Export > Case. Do you wish to delete the upstream cell(s)/data from the system and replace the case with the imported file? 3.

ip file will now be written after initialization of your Fluent system. Close Fluent and continue with the rerun of your System Coupling case.ip file. System Coupling case with Fluent using Patched Data When generated data is cleared from a System Coupling case before a rerun. In Workbench. open Fluent by double-clicking Fluent’s Setup cell.. .20.ip file so that if needed. select Fluent. Select File>Interpolate. b. 70)) • Generate the case and data files needed to start Fluent Release 15. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. See Patching Values in Selected Cells in the Fluent User's Guide for more information about patched data. follow the steps below. 74 . an *. Running Fluent as a System Coupling Participant from the Command Line System Coupling analyses can be run via the command line (described in Executing System Couplings Using the Command Line in the System Coupling User's Guide). select Tools>Options. select Close. you will have access to patched data. For the cases that use patched data. 2.ip file. after completing a System Coupling run. 2. d.Working With Fluent in Workbench 4. and then click OK to add have Fluent read this file. To do this: a. c.0 .ip file that was generated in your initial setup so that it has the correct data.7.. To do this: a. You do not need to initialize Fluent after reading the *. . execute the following steps: • Complete the System Coupling–related settings in Fluent (see System Coupling Related Settings in Fluent (p. To run ANSYS Fluent as a coupling participant. Inc.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. In the Interpolate Data dialog box.. From the Project Schematic. the data that was specified using Fluent’s patch option is also cleared. In the dialog box that appears. 2. Note that the restart point that you select must correspond to the restart point selected in System Coupling and the other participant systems. 1. b. the patched data that is cleared is the volume fraction information. Fluent needs this patched data to be able to solve accurately. you need to Clear Generated Data on the System Coupling system’s Solution cell.. then click Read. and then check Enable Generation of Interpolation File. For a System Coupling case using patched data. If you want to do a rerun. select Read and Interpolate. All rights reserved.© SAS IP. For example. .6. During Fluent setup. tell Fluent to generate the *. in the Multiphase volume of fluid (VOF) cases. Browse to the *. Before setting up your case in Fluent. On the left side of the dialog box that opens.20. Inc. you need to then have Fluent read the *. Note that this workaround will not work with Design Point updates. 3. Browse for the case file corresponding to the restart point you are selecting for Fluent.

see Process Synchronization and Analysis Evolution in the System Coupling User's Guide.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. may prove useful in troubleshooting coupled analysis problems: • cortexerror.© SAS IP. This is one of the most useful files to determine why the coupled analysis failed. and its subsidiaries and affiliates.trn (or other transcript file): This file contains a complete summary of the current/latest run's evolution.20. The simultaneous execution of coupling participants currently precludes the use of the license sharing feature that exists for some product licenses. Negative cell volume detected. To generate extensive debug output during the analysis.Performing System Coupling Simulations Using Fluent in Workbench – Choose Write and Case & Data from the File menu in the Fluent graphical interface • Start the coupling service and obtain the following information from the System Coupling Server (SCS) file: – the port and host on which the service is being run. This file is never appended. enter the following command when completing the Fluent problem setup: (rpsetvar 'sc/verbosity 1) Provide all of these files when submitting a request for service to ANSYS personnel. • Note that if Fluent is run in interactive mode.9. 2.log: This file contains a historical summary of all of the errors that have occurred during all runs executed in the same run directory. This occurs so that all participants may be synchronized at the Initial Synchronization point. . but no additional licenses are required for the System Coupling infrastructure itself.8. • solution 1. Inc. All rights reserved. 75 . Release 15. the mesh unexpectedly failed.0 .20. With this in mind.log: This file includes information regarding the Fluent boundary conditions at which data from System Couplings was/is used. 2. ensure that you are considering messages corresponding to the most recent run. • solution. the interface will be locked from when it reports it has established the connection to the coupling service until when all other coupling participants do the same. and so it only contains information from the current run. Additional licenses may be required for other participant systems in the coupled analysis. An example message is: "Update-Dynamic-Mesh failed. The following specific requirements consequently exist: • Distinct licenses are required for each coupling participant." This indicates that at the date and time noted. Troubleshooting Two-Way Coupled Analysis Problems The following files. Inc. and – the identifier (or name) for Fluent • Use this SCS information to set the Fluent–specific system coupling command line options (described in System Coupling Options in the Getting Started Guide). Product Licensing Considerations when using System Coupling The licenses needed for Fluent as part of a System Coupling analyses are listed in the table below. For information about synchronization points. found in the Fluent run directory (FFF/Fluent under a Workbench design point directory).

21.1.3: Licenses required for Fluent as part of a System Coupling analysis System Fluent Commercial License Required • ANSYS CFD. Inc. Inc.21.21.2. and mapping the resulting volumetric and/or surface loss information into Fluent. • ANSYS Academic Research CFD.21. • ANSYS Academic Teaching Introductory.© SAS IP.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. 2. All rights reserved. 2. • ANSYS Academic Associate CFD. • ANSYS Fluent. or • ANSYS Fluent Solver Academic License Required • ANSYS Academic Associate. One–Way Coupling Between Ansoft and Fluent Within Workbench 2. . Table 2. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. • ANSYS Academic Teaching Advanced. Performing Fluent and Ansoft Coupling in Workbench Fluent can be coupled with the Ansoft applications within Workbench in order to perform either a oneway or a two-way electromagnetic-thermal interaction problem. or • ANSYS Academic Teaching CFD 2.3.0 . Handling Coupling Iterations Between Ansoft and Fluent Important The Ansoft Maxwell and HFSS applications are supported for one–way and two-way coupling between Ansoft and Fluent in Workbench. Coupling between Ansoft and Fluent applications within Workbench can be used for applications such as simulating fluid flow around or inside electromechanical (EM) devices.Working With Fluent in Workbench • Licensing preferences should be set to ‘Use a separate license for each application’ rather than ‘Share a single license between applications when possible. One–Way Coupling Between Ansoft and Fluent Within Workbench The coupling involves solving an electromagnetic problem in the Ansoft application. 76 . • ANSYS Academic Research.21. Volumetric loss is mapped onto the solid cell zones as a heat source (load) at the cell centroids that is then added to the energy equation. when the temperature of the device is influenced by electromagnetic or electrical losses. Important The coupling between Ansoft and Fluent in Workbench is not supported on Red Hat 6 or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11.1. Release 15.’ The requirements listed above are particularly relevant for ANSYS Academic products.Two–Way Coupling Between Ansoft and Fluent Within Workbench 2.

7. so it is recommended that you have a layer of good quality hexahedral or prism mesh elements located where surface loss occurs. Drag and drop a Fluent–based system and import a case or mesh file into Fluent. and then double-click the Setup cell to start Fluent. 77 . Set up the Fluent analysis as you normally would (for example. Release 15. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. specify boundary conditions. Inc. Specify the EM settings in Fluent (File ¡ EM Mapping). Refresh the Setup of Fluent system. Note You can analyze the results of volumetric/surface losses using the following postprocessing variables: • Volumetric loss: Temperature EM Source ( •   ¡¢£ ¦§ Surface loss: Temperature EM Surface Source (¤ ¥ The overall workflow for an Ansoft-Fluent analysis is as follows: 1. Note If you import a mesh into Fluent that was generated using non-SI units. solution settings.0 . All rights reserved. Note Surface loss is highly concentrated near the surface of the solid zone. then you should scale and/or translate the mesh before you perform any coupling with Ansoft. Maxwell or HFSS). Drag and drop the Solution cell of the Ansoft system onto the Setup cell of Fluent system to enable the data transfer. Update the Solution cell of the Ansoft system. 4.Performing Fluent and Ansoft Coupling in Workbench Surface loss is applied to the adjacent cells of the solid zones that contribute to the source terms of these cells. Create and solve the electromagnetic application using Ansoft (for example.© SAS IP. 5. 6. 3. and so on). Inc. 2.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. .

For those who use ANSYS DesignModeler. if you have not already done so. All rights reserved. when you export a geometry from Maxwell. Note In 2D axisymmetrical cases only.© SAS IP. Inc. Two–Way Coupling Between Ansoft and Fluent Within Workbench Two-way coupling enables thermal feedback to be provided between the systems so that you can exchange temperature data from Fluent to Ansoft applications within Workbench. you should perform the following steps: 1. This makes sure that the Ansoft and Fluent applications generate the temperature–dependent data. . 2. Therefore.Working With Fluent in Workbench 8.2. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. This is not a concern for regular 2D or 3D cases. Move the geometry from the XY plane to the new plane. 76). .Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. Aside from the basic workflow described in Performing Fluent and Ansoft Coupling in Workbench (p. applying a 90 degree rotation along the X axis. the Maxwell application). 78 Release 15.21. you need to rotate the geometry in order for Fluent to mesh the geometry before EM mapping can take place properly. 2.0 . Define a new plane based on the XY plane. to enable two–way coupling between Fluent and Ansoft (for example. and a 90 degree rotation along the Y axis. Solve the Fluent analysis. Inc. rotate the geometry exported from Maxwell by performing the following steps: 1. Open the Maxwell project and define temperature–dependent material properties (enabling the Thermal Modifier field in the View/Edit Material dialog box and editing the material’s thermal property definition). Fluent automatically turns on the energy model. Ansoft uses the RZ (or XZ) plane while Fluent uses the XY plane by default. Note During EM mapping.

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0 . All rights reserved.. An example of what Fluent displays in the console window is presented below: Starting Thermal feedback for EM ..21. Number of Nodes = 4031 Writing mechanical..ths. Inc. Core loss. . Maxwell can also compute the "total loss" which is the sum of all the losses when appropriate. .Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. Note In Maxwell.Working With Fluent in Workbench Once the Ansoft application generates the centroid file. For example: • Coupling Iteration 1 – Update Maxwell Solution cell 80 Release 15. you can have different losses (Ohmic loss... 2. Hysteresis loss) depending on the type of simulation. you must perform cyclic updates of individual system components until the solution stops changing within a desired level of tolerance. the total loss is time averaged between two times that you specify before it is mapped to Fluent. For transient simulations. Fluent detects the centroid file. Reading centroid file. Handling Coupling Iterations Between Ansoft and Fluent Since automatic system updates are not available for coupled Ansoft-Fluent systems. When doing the coupling simulation. All the different losses mentioned above including the "total loss" are a function of space and they are also a function of time in the Maxwell transient solver. the "total loss" is mapped to Fluent for the temperature calculation.© SAS IP. and generates the temperature file as feedback data and places the file in the appropriate location. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. Inc.3..

For more information on writing scripts in Workbench. Inc.0 . modified and executed with tools available in Workbench. – Update Fluent Solution cell – Perform "Enable Update" on Maxwell Solution cell. All rights reserved. see Scripting in the Workbench documentation. – Update Maxwell Solution cell • Coupling Iteration 3 – Update Fluent Setup cell.Performing Fluent and Ansoft Coupling in Workbench – Perform EM Mapping on solid zones in Fluent – Update Fluent Solution cell – Perform "Enable Update" on Maxwell Solution cell – Update Maxwell Solution cell • Coupling Iteration 2 – Update Fluent Setup cell. Release 15. Inc. Workbench scripts are written in the Python programming language and can be created. – Update Maxwell Solution cell • Coupling Iteration 4 – Update Fluent Setup cell.© SAS IP. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. 81 . You can also contact your support representative to obtain a sample script. – Update Maxwell Solution cell • and so on This limitation can be mitigated using scripting within the Workbench environment. – Update Fluent Solution cell – Perform "Enable Update" on Maxwell Solution cell. – Update Fluent Solution cell – Perform "Enable Update" on Maxwell Solution cell.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. .

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83 . All rights reserved. • The following options for the Mesh cell context menu are not available and/or not supported. Inc. Exiting Fluent Meshing and Workbench 3.) are currently not supported. essentially restarting the application) – Mesh import options (you can only import a geometry. Limitations The following limitations exists when using the Fluent Meshing component system: • Connections to upstream geometry cells are not allowed. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. This chapter provides some basic instructions for getting started with using Fluent Meshing in Workbench.8. Creating Fluent Meshing Component Systems 3. or case file from within Fluent Meshing). including Fluent parameters. mesh.2. • Solver-to-mesh-to-solver work flows in Workbench (for example. • 2D simulations are currently not supported. 25).7. 1) and Working With Fluent in Workbench (p.3.0 .© SAS IP. Getting Help for Fluent Meshing in Workbench 3.Chapter 3: Getting Started With Fluent Meshing in Workbench This chapter is designed to provide information about using Fluent Meshing component systems within ANSYS Workbench.1. See the Fluent Meshing User’s Guide for more details about Fluent Meshing. An Example of a Fluent Meshing Analysis in Workbench 3.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. 3. Understanding Cell States with Fluent Meshing in Workbench 3. • There are no limitations on the Set Up or Solution cells. Saving Your Work in Fluent Meshing with Workbench 3.5.1.6. Since working with a Fluent Meshing component system is similar to working with a Fluent component system. . Release 15. editing the mesh. Inc. Starting Fluent (in Meshing Mode or Solution Mode) in Workbench 3. Limitations 3. or have the noted caveat: – Clear Generated Data – Transfer Data to New – Refresh – Reset (removes all the current files and data. and so on. it is recommended that you first read Getting Started With Fluent in Workbench (p. • The mesh cannot be modified in a copied Fluent Meshing component system if the Mesh cell is already up-to-date.4.

4)). only the mesh information is available (not the case settings information).2. . 84 Release 15.1: Selecting the Fluent Meshing Component System in Workbench The new Fluent Meshing component system appears in the Project Schematic as a box containing three cells: the Mesh cell.Getting Started With Fluent Meshing in Workbench • Geometry.© SAS IP. Figure 3. Important You can also create a Fluent Meshing component system by left-clicking on Fluent Meshing under Component Systems in the Toolbox.2: A Fluent Meshing Component System (p. Important A separate cell for results visualization is only needed when using CFD-Post. or TGrid parameters are currently not supported. 85)). Creating Fluent Meshing Component Systems The Fluent Meshing component system allows you to access the Fluent Meshing application from within Workbench and contains only the cells needed to specify settings in Fluent Meshing and run the Fluent solver. All rights reserved. 3. The only difference is that the mesh must originate from a file imported into the Fluent Meshing application. however. .Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. The post-processing capabilities in Fluent can be accessed from the Fluent Meshing component system. and then dragging it onto the Project Schematic. The Setup and Solution cells in a Fluent Meshing component system work in the same manner as for the Fluid Flow (Fluent) analysis system (see Creating FluentBased Systems (p. Note that when you read or import a case file into the Fluent Meshing application. The Mesh cell provides access to the Fluent Meshing application where a geometry or mesh file can be imported and modified. Fluent boundary condition parameters are still available.0 . and the Solution cell (Figure 3. Inc. the Setup cell. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. Inc. You can create a Fluent Meshing component system in Workbench by double-clicking Fluent (with TGrid meshing) under Component Systems. mesh.

Understanding Cell States with Fluent Meshing in Workbench Workbench provides visual indications of a cell’s state via icons on the right side of each cell. option in the context menu). depending on the state of the cells within the Fluent Meshing component system. You are able to start the Fluent application in either meshing mode or solution mode under certain conditions. 8)). 85 . The cell status will be Attention Required. the cell is disabled and cannot be edited (for example. if you edit the mesh. Fluent opens in meshing mode with the mesh in progress.4.. Starting Fluent (in Meshing Mode or Solution Mode) in Workbench You can start the Fluent application in either meshing mode or solution mode by double-clicking a cell in a Fluent Meshing component system (or clicking the Edit. and its subsidiaries and affiliates.0 . ) indicates that an update has been performed on the cell and no failures have oc- • Refresh Required (disabled) • Update Required (disabled) When you double-click the Mesh cell (or click the Edit. 3. import a mesh). click OK to open the Fluent application.. Inc.. option is not available in the context menu and double-clicking the Mesh cell does nothing)..3. Fluent starts in meshing mode (the Meshing Mode option is automatically disabled in Fluent Launcher). All rights reserved.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. If the Mesh cell is already up-to-date. While a typical Fluent component system has a number of cell states available (see Understanding Cell States with Fluent in Workbench (p. Fluent opens in solver (solution) mode.2: A Fluent Meshing Component System 3. .. option in the corresponding cell’s context menu)..© SAS IP. the Mesh cell for the Fluent Meshing component system only has the following cell states: • Attention Required ( ) indicates that you must take some action to proceed (for example. When Fluent Launcher opens. • Up-To-Date ( curred. the Edit. If the Mesh cell is not up-to-date but the mesh creation is in process. Inc. When you double-click the Setup cell in the Fluent Meshing component system.Starting Fluent (in Meshing Mode or Solution Mode) in Workbench Figure 3. • If you are working with a new Fluent Meshing component system (where all cells are either Attention Required or Unfulfilled): Release 15.

which deletes the Mesh cell from the Fluent Meshing component system. Inc. • If you are working with a preexisting Fluent Meshing component system (where not all cells are Upto-Date): – Double-clicking the Mesh cell does nothing since the mesh has already been defined. – Double-clicking either the Setup cell or the Solution cell opens Fluent in solution setup mode where you are expected to import the mesh or case file.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. – Double-clicking the Setup cell opens Fluent in solution setup mode and loads the mesh and settings files. . Fluent in meshing mode). All rights reserved. – Double-clicking the Setup cell opens Fluent in solution setup mode and loads the mesh and settings files. 86 Release 15.© SAS IP. Inc.0 . .Getting Started With Fluent Meshing in Workbench – Double-clicking the Mesh cell opens the Fluent Meshing application (that is. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. • If you are working with a preexisting Fluent Meshing component system (where all cells are Up-toDate): – Double-clicking the Mesh cell does nothing since the mesh has already been defined. – Double-clicking the Solution cell opens Fluent in solution mode and loads the case and data files.

3. The Fluent Meshing application launches (the Meshing Mode option is automatically enabled in Fluent Launcher). 2. File ¡ Exit For more information.0 . Exiting Fluent Meshing and Workbench You can end your Fluent Meshing session by using the Close option under the File menu. Release 15. 3. All rights reserved. Alternatively.7. An Example of a Fluent Meshing Analysis in Workbench This example describes when the files that are generated and used by Fluent Meshing are written and how the cell states change as you work with a Fluent Meshing-based component system in Workbench. you can also save your Workbench project by selecting the Save option under the File menu within Workbench or by selecting the Save icon from the Workbench toolbar. see Exiting Fluent and Workbench (p. Select the Save Project option under the File menu within Fluent Meshing.© SAS IP. In the Fluent Meshing application. Select the Save Project option from the Write a File icon in the Fluent Meshing toolbar. 3. import a geometry and/or create a mesh file. 87 . The state of the Mesh cell is Attention Required and the states for the Setup. then perform your mesh operations. . Saving Your Work in Fluent Meshing with Workbench You can save your Workbench project directly from Fluent Meshing in two ways: 1. You can also import a Fluent case file into the Fluent Meshing application.6. Double-click the Mesh cell. and Solution cells are Unfulfilled. see Saving Your Work in Fluent with Workbench (p. 17). File ¡ Save Project 2. 1.5. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. Inc.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. 18). Inc. Add a new Fluent Meshing component system to the Project Schematic. File ¡ Close You can end your Workbench session by using the Exit option under the File menu.An Example of a Fluent Meshing Analysis in Workbench – Double-clicking the Solution cell opens Fluent in solution mode and loads the case and data files. For more information.

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File/EM Mapping/Surface Energy Source. File/Refresh Input Data A.9. A. File/Reload Setup A.. Not available if the case or mesh information is not present. All rights reserved. Mesh/Recorded Mesh Operations.1. Inc. The differences are described in the sections that follow: A..5.4.3.2.. File/Refresh Input Data The File/Refresh Input Data menu item allows you to refresh your Fluent input data from within Fluent. and if Fluent is opened from the Setup cell. This option is only enabled if new input data exists. For more information...© SAS IP. Release 15. For more information.. A. A. along with your current Fluent case and/or data files. 91 ......12. .. File/Import/Case and Data. A. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. 32). File/Sync Workbench A.6.Appendix A. A.1. File/Import/Case.. 31). File/Save Project A. A. 32).. File/Import/Data. A. see Refreshing Fluent Input Data (p. File/Save Project The File/Save Project menu item allows you to save your current Workbench project within Fluent. A. File/Reload Setup The File/Reload Setup menu item allows you to reload the Workbench project’s Setup cell information into Fluent. A.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. or if a parameter value has changed. File/Close Without Save The common functionality for stand-alone Fluent is documented in the separate Fluent User’s Guide. Available if the case or mesh information is present. The Fluent Menu Under Workbench When Fluent is running within Workbench.13. File/EM Mapping/Volumetric Energy Source. see Reloading Setup Data and Synchronizing Fluent with Workbench (p. A.8.. Inc.11. For more information. see Saving Your Work in Fluent with Workbench (p. 17).3. File/Export/. File/Sync Workbench The File/Sync Workbench menu item allows you to synchronize recent changes in Fluent to the corresponding Workbench project. see Reloading Setup Data and Synchronizing Fluent with Workbench (p. For more information.10..4.7. A. the Fluent File and Mesh menus are slightly different. File/Import/Mesh.0 .2. A.

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A.5. File/Import/Mesh...
The File/Import/Mesh... menu item opens the Select File dialog box which allows you to select the appropriate mesh file to be read. For more information see Importing Mesh, Case, and Data Files (p. 25).

A.6. File/Import/Case...
The File/Import/Case... menu item is used to read in a Fluent case file (extension .cas), or a mesh file (extension .msh, .grd, .MSH, or .GRD) that has been saved in the native format for Fluent. See the User's Guide for details. The File/Import/Case... menu item opens the Select File dialog box which allows you to select the appropriate file to be read. For more information see Importing Mesh, Case, and Data Files (p. 25).

A.7. File/Import/Data...
The File/Import/Data... menu item is used to read in a Fluent data file (which has a .dat extension) or parallel data file (which has a .pdat extension). This menu item will not be available until you read in a case or mesh file. See the separate Fluent User’s Guide for details. The File/Import/Data... menu item opens the Select File dialog box which allows you to select the appropriate file to be read. For more information see Importing Mesh, Case, and Data Files (p. 25).

A.8. File/Import/Case and Data...
The File/Import/Case & Data... menu item is used to read in a Fluent case file and the corresponding data file (for example, myfile.cas and myfile.dat) together. See the separate Fluent User’s Guide for details. The File/Import/Case & Data... menu item opens the Select File dialog box which allows you to select the appropriate files to be read. Select the appropriate case file, and the corresponding data file (that is, the file having the same name with a .dat extension) will also be read in. For more information see Importing Mesh, Case, and Data Files (p. 25).

A.9. File/Export/...
When running under Workbench, several commands located under Write option under the File menu have been moved to the Export option under the File menu. The new commands are: File ¡ Export ¡ Case File ¡ Export ¡ Data File ¡ Export ¡ Case & Data File ¡ Export ¡ PDF File ¡ Export ¡ ISAT Table File ¡ Export ¡ Flamelet File ¡ Export ¡ Surface Clusters

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File/EM Mapping/Volumetric Energy Source... File ¡ Export ¡ Profile File ¡ Export ¡ Boundary Mesh These items are used when you want to manually export a file independent of the project. Files exported in this way are not used by the project unless you later import them into a new system. When you use an Export command, you can export the files to the location of your choice with a name of your choice. There is no need to export files since Workbench always saves the files it needs automatically. These export commands are provided for your convenience when you want to save a specific file for later use.

A.10. File/EM Mapping/Volumetric Energy Source...
The File/EM Mapping/Volumetric Energy Source... menu item opens the Maxwell Mapping Volumetric Dialog Box (p. 93).

A.10.1. Maxwell Mapping Volumetric Dialog Box
The Maxwell Mapping Volumetric dialog box allows you to map the volumetric loss results from an Ansoft Maxwell electromagnetic simulation onto the centroids of solid cells in the Fluent mesh as a heat source. See Performing Fluent and Ansoft Coupling in Workbench (p. 76) for details.

Controls Fluent Cell Zones contains a list of solid cell zones from the Fluent mesh, onto which the loss information can be mapped. For these zones, Fluent requests the heat source (loss) terms from the Ansoft application. Transfer Definition contains elements related to the transfer of data, including: Solution contains available solution sets. Since the Ansoft application may have multiple solutions, Fluent will request the generated heat source data for the selected solution. Frequency (only available for steady simulations) contains available frequencies. Fluent will request that the Ansoft application provide the heat source data for the selected frequency.
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The Fluent Menu Under Workbench Start time (only available for transient simulations) contains the simulation start time. The Ansoft application will request to consider the selected time as the start time. End time (only available for transient simulations) contains the simulation end time. The Ansoft application will request to consider the selected time as the end time.

A.11. File/EM Mapping/Surface Energy Source...
The File/EM Mapping/Surface Energy Source... menu item opens the Maxwell Mapping Surface Dialog Box (p. 94).

A.11.1. Maxwell Mapping Surface Dialog Box
The Maxwell Mapping Surface dialog box allows you to map the surface loss results from an Ansoft Maxwell electromagnetic simulation onto the faces of solid zones in the Fluent mesh as a heat source.

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To import heat loss (source terms) for an interior zone, split the zone into wall and wallshadow. These face zones will then be available for Surface EM Mapping. See Performing Fluent and Ansoft Coupling in Workbench (p. 76) for details.

Controls Fluent Face Zones contains a list of face zones (adjacent to the solid zones) from the Fluent mesh, onto which the loss information can be mapped. For these zones, Fluent requests the heat source (loss) terms from the Ansoft application. Transfer Definition contains elements related to the transfer of data, including: Solution contains available solution sets. Since the Ansoft application may have multiple solutions, Fluent will request the generated heat source data for the selected solution.

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For more information.0 . All rights reserved. Release 15. Inc. Inc.. The Mesh/Recorded Mesh Operations menu item allows you to view common mesh manipulation operations that you perform within Fluent while working in Workbench.File/Close Without Save Frequency (only available for steady simulations) contains available frequencies. The Ansoft application will request to consider the selected time as the start time. Fluent will request that the Ansoft application provide the heat source data for the selected frequency. Start time (only available for transient simulations) contains the simulation start time. . Mesh/Recorded Mesh Operations. File/Close Without Save The File/Close Without Save menu item allows you to close Fluent without saving the most recent changes. Not available if the case or mesh information is not present. The Ansoft application will request to consider the selected time as the end time. A.. 95 . End time (only available for transient simulations) contains the simulation end time. A.13.© SAS IP.12. see Reviewing Mesh Manipulation Operations in Fluent (p. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. 45).Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS.

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65 F File Menu... 18 97 Release 15.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. 25. 19. 87 without saving. Inc. 76 systems. 59 C calculation continuing. 92 File/Import/Data. 32 files exporting. 92 modification strategies. 32. 4 cells. 92 exporting Fluent files for ANSYS CFD-Post. 39 dragging and dropping from toolbox. 59 viewing Fluent data in. 63 file structure.. 92 File/Refresh Input Data. 78 coupling iterations Fluent and Ansoft. 33 case importing files.© SAS IP. 4 ANSYS CFD-Post exporting Fluent files for. 91 file/reload-setup. . 84 custom systems. 92 File/Export/Flamelet... 92 refreshing Fluent input data. vi convergence charts.. 92 File/Import/Case and Data. 92 File/Export/ISAT Table . .. 10 states. 95 File/Export. 91 resetting. 85 cells Fluent component systems.. 25. All rights reserved. 67 two–way Fluent and Ansoft. 4. 92 File/Export/Boundary Mesh. 16 coupling iterations. 92 exporting Fluent files for ANSYS CFD-Post. 7 fluid flow Fluent analysis systems. 92 File/Export/Case. 84 connecting systems. Inc. 92 mesh. 25. 80 one–way Fluent and Ansoft. 45 E example. 92 data. 58 duplicating systems. 33 restarting. 92 File/Import/Case. 92 Fluent component systems. 91 File/Sync Workbench.. 58 D data clearing generated . and its subsidiaries and affiliates. 8 clearing generated data . 32. 39 transfer data. 59 importing files. 31. 59 importing case. 41 dragging and dropping solution cells.. 55 cell states Fluent Meshing component systems. 18. 92 File/Export/Data. 32 exporting Fluent files for ANSYS CFD-Post. 92 File/Export/PDF .. 33 interrupting. 25. 39 continuing a calculation.Index A analysis example. 33 conventions used in this guide. 92 File/Export/Surface Clusters. 92 File/Export/Profile. 87 systems . 36 copying Fluent Launcher property settings. 87 exporting files. 91 file naming conventions. 18. 5 properties. 92 File/Export/Case and Data. 32 File/Save Project. 95 component systems. 91 file/sync-workbench. 80 creating systems. 7 exiting. 43 connections shared data .0 . 4. 25. 19.. 32 closing. 32 viewing in ANSYS CFD-Post. 91 File/Reload Setup.. 60 File/Close Without Save. 87 exiting.. 92 File/Import/Mesh..

9 J journaling and scripting. 22. 25. 36 O one-way FSI. 22. 57 properties. 87. 55 starting Fluent. 22. 65 resetting data. 92 recorded Fluent operations. 87.0 . 83 fluid-structure interaction. 31. 45 Mesh/Recorded Mesh Operations.Index fluid flow analysis systems. 64 limitations. 16 settings. 33 introduction. 91 settings changing in Fluent. 91 shared data connections. 1 S saving setup data.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS. 76 Online Help. 25. 10 copying property settings. 83 M manual using the. 22. 92 mesh files. 10 G graphical user interface. 95 refreshing input data . 10 starting. 33 I importing case files. 32 restarting a calculation. 91 solution strategies. 91 your work. 65 importing files. 50 98 Release 15. 89 solution monitoring. 85 Fluent Meshing component systems. . 87. 25. 89 H help. 66 L licensing. 57 interrupting a calculation. 85 limitations. 91 Remote Solve Manager (RSM). Inc. 89 output parameters. 95 mesh operations reviewing in Fluent. 87 starting. 87. 87. 64 Sidebar Help. 94 Maxwell Mapping Volumetric dialog box. 39 shared licensing mode. 32. 91 saving. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. . 91 input parameters. 65 one–way coupling Fluent and Ansoft. 84 exiting. Inc. 5 Launcher cell properties. 85 Fluent Meshing component systems cell states. 17. 2 Q Quick Help. 85 Fluent (solution mode) starting. 92 data files. 4 cells. 92 input data refreshing. 57 P parameters input and output. 93 mesh changing in Fluent. 50 setup updating. v Maxwell Mapping Surface dialog box. 28 setup data reloading. 17. 32. 9 Fluent (meshing mode) starting.© SAS IP. 31. All rights reserved. 91 solution data. 17. 95 monitoring solutions. 2 Fluent Meshing component systems. 91 reloading Workbench setup. 17. 89 R recorded mesh operations. 36 updating. 25. 17. 28 solution data saving.

4. All rights reserved. 7 connecting. Inc. 4 T transfer data connections. 85 starting Fluent Meshing. 84 fluid flow (Fluent) analysis. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. v Release 15. 67 available regions in Fluent.Contains proprietary and confidential information of ANSYS.specifying Fluent Launcher settings. 71 executing restart runs. 43 coupling. 10 using cell properties. 39 dragging and dropping from toolbox. Inc. 72 running Fluent on command line. 55 synchronizing Fluent with Workbench. 5. 67 creating.0 . 99 . 67 effect on Fluent execution. 84 custom. 4 Fluent Meshing component. 74 troubleshooting. . 75 systems cells . 72 Fluent settings. 39 two–way coupling Fluent and Ansoft. 69 capabilities and limitations in Fluent. 41 dragging and dropping solution cells. 72 restarting in Fluent. 78 U update command. 85 starting Fluent (solution mode). 10 starting Fluent (meshing mode). 70 generating restart files. 32. 91 system coupling. 45 Fluent component. 85 strategies solution.© SAS IP. 28 using the manual. 65 duplicating.

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