COMSOL Step-by-Step Tutorial Expt 140 – Tank Discharge March 4, 2013 Team 2 Joseph Duffy Zlatko Sokolikj Andrew Suellentrop. This Comsol tutorial demonstrates how to perform the velocity profile calculations using the simplest model possible It utilizes the 2D axisymmetric reference system.
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Before starting anything remember to have the preferences set so that Comsol does not save a recovery file (Box should be unchecked). For more information regarding this step, please go through Chris Golding’s Tutorial about starting Comsol on a computer, located in Transport Phenomena II Balckboard
So we pick our space dimension to be 2D axisymmetric
And press next
We pick laminar flow
We pick laminar flow from our physics menuand press next
We pick Stationary Study Typeand press Finish
In the actual Exp140 Tank Discharge, our system is not stationary, yet it is time dependent as one of our boundaries, the water level, changes. However to make these calculations easier we assume a quasi steady state as outlined on page 16 of Exp140 Tank Discharge – Theoretical Background by Loren B. Schreiber. That means that Comsol will perform the calculation for the velocity while the water level is kept constant. This presents an obstacle for us as we would like to know how the velocity profile changes as the water level drops. We can overcome this obstacle with a feature called parametric sweep which will be covered later down this tutorialBefore we start drawing our model we must realize the significance of our choice of dimension. We use this geometry when our 3D model is symmetric in both the x and y axis. What we need to draw in Comsol is a sketch which, when rotated around the z axis 360 degrees, will give us our modelSo for our model…
In the 2D axisymmetric geometry our model looks like….
The tank is a 3D model that is symmetric in the x and y coordinate
Rotated around the z axis, our model will give us the tank in 3D
However before we start drawing the system we need to set the values of the parameters we are going to use, such as density, Pipe Diameter, Tank Diameter etc.
We right click on Global Definitions and select parameters
To insert a parameter click on the cell and insert the appropriate descriptionsFor more information regarding Parameter Input, please go through Chris Golding Intro for Comsol
Remember to use square brackets when plugging in the unitsIn case you plan to use these parameters for multiple models you can save them as text file which you can open later on instead of having to write them every time
In this tutorial we use the following parameters
To build our first rectangle that will represent our pipe, we right-click on Geometry section and select Rectangle
So first we need to choose what part of our rectangle will be our reference for its position. We pick CornerTherefore the corner of our rectangle should be at (0,0)Note*: In Comsol, whenever you can enter a number, you can also enter a equation using the parametersTherefore for width and height we write our Dp/2 and Lp.
Remember that our model will represent only one half of the side section. That is why the width of the rectangle that is supposed to represent the pipe has a width of the radius
After we are done setting up the rectangle, to materialize the rectangle on our sketch we right-click on the Rectangle1 from the Geometry Sections and select Build selected
We repeat this process for the second rectangle. The corner of this rectangle will be located at(0,Lp) while the width and the height will be (Dt/2) and LtWe materialize the rectangle on our sketch
The next step is to form a union with the rectangles we have built, merging them together
We need input the rectangles by selecting them first( which will redden the rectangle)
And then click addWe repeat this process for the other rectangle
The objects, once included in the union, should have the color of blue, and should appear in the Input Object section
In this step, we introduce the material that is used in the experimentTo do that, right-click on Materials and select Material
Make sure that this material is represented in both domains(the rectangles), which should be colored blue
We also input the density and viscosity. We can do this using values we know or using the parameters we previously entered
We enter the values in the Value ColumnFor density we enter RhoFor viscosity we enter Rho*Mu – the product of the kinematic viscosity and density
The next step is to select the inlet of our systemRight click on Laminar Flow and select Inlet
The inlet section will appearWe need to select which wall of our system will be the inlet. Therefore we select the top wall and press add
We also choose the boundary conditionFor this tutorial we choose the pressure to be our boundary condition and we set it equal to our Atmospheric Pressure
We repeat the process for the outlet. Right click on the Laminar Flow section, press Outlet and select and add the wall of the system that is to be your outletWe use the same boundary condition as the inlet
Here we select the Initial ValuesWe select the Domain to be our rectanglesWe select the Pressure to be our atmospheric pressure To make our calculations faster, since we know that our velocity will be negative, we give the velocity field a small negative number in the z-direction
We introduce gravity to our ModelWe do that by introducing the Volume Force which is the gravitational pull on a unit of volume. The Volume force is the Density multiplied the Earth’s AccelerationRight-click on Laminar Flow, and select Volume Force. In Selection, select the domains on which this force will act, which are our two rectangles. Also in regards to the magnitude, input the negative product of Density and the Earth’s Acceleration
The next step would be to perform the calculations for the velocity in these conditionsRight-click on the Study Section and press Compute
Once the calculation is done we can see that the predicted velocity profile of the fluid is much smaller in the tank than in the pipeWe zoom in on the pipe
We can see that the velocity profile in the pipe is laminar. We can also see how the fluid speeds up as it enters the pipe and propagates farther down
If we press on the Velocity3D section we can see our model in 3D. We can also zoom in to get a better look at the velocity
To select Parametric Sweep we right-click on Study and select Parametric Sweep
Here we select the Parameter to be changed. First we select add…
We select the parameter that describes our tank liquid levelIn this tutorial that is Lt
And now we need to select the range in which the parameter will be changed.
The following window appears
* In this tutorial we chose the step method. With this method we pick a start value(the highest level of the liquid in the tank) a stop value( the lowest level of the liquid in the tank) and the step at which it will change. The other method is similar with the exception that we do not choose the steps, but rather we choose the number of values for that parameter and Comsol chooses the steps.
So in this tutorial- Our start value is the liquid level in the beginning- Our end value is the liquid level at the end of the experiment- Our step, to make this calculation short, is 0.1. Since we are decreasing our parameter our step has to be negative, hence it is written as -0.1. You can also choose a smaller step size; however it will make the calculation take longer and use up more RAM.- After inputting the values, press add.
**Do not forget to input the units
After adding the values right-click on Study and press Compute
After the calculation is done, we can see how the velocity profile changes as we change the tank height. Select Solution 2, select the height, and press plot .
Comsol can find both the numerator and the denominator for us and then we can use other computational tools to calculate .
We need to set up both integrals. We do that by right-clicking Derived Units in the Results section, selecting Integration, and then selecting Line Integration.
Now we first evaluate the numerator- We select Solution 2 for Data set; for Parameter Selection we select From list. Make sure all the values of the parameter are selected. Select the Outlet as the boundary over which we integrate - In Expression, write spf.U(the velocity profile)*r- Select Evaluate
When the integration is complete, the results will appear below in a spreadsheet format. So far we have Lt(the level in the tank) and the integral of spf.U*r which corresponds to our volumetric flow rate.Now we determine the integral in the denominator which represents the area
In Expression we input r, while everything else is kept as it was previously. -Press Evaluate- The new integral will appear in the third column
- We select the whole data set and press Copy Selection to Clipboard.
We copy the data in an Excel Spreadsheet and find the velocity at each height by dividing the Volumetric Flow rate by the Area, as given by the equation on the Previous Slide