Help with AUTODYN using SPH solver

  • Last Post 03 September 2018
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xfeng posted this 30 August 2018

Hi all, I am attempting to model a 3D explosion in rock using AUTODYN via the SPH solver.

My geometry has been made in Design Modeller and symmetry planes have been added via mechanical to reduce computation time.

My analysis settings have been allocated to program controlled in both Mechanical and AUTODYN.

When I begin to solve my model in AUTODYN, AUTODYN is unable to proceed past the first cycle and crashes. No further information is given as to why AUTODYN has crashed.

I have attached my model, much help is appreciated if anyone has also encountered as similar problem and workaround before!




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xfeng posted this 30 August 2018

Update: When the model is not simplified for symmetry (i.e the model shows the full region of examination) I am able to run to cycle 4 before getting the following error:

Problem terminated .... no cell controlling time step

Additionally, when I go to the View -> Plots tab and examine material location, my model does not show up on any cycle other than cycle 0.

 This is my error log:

Error! Problem terminated .... no cell controlling time step
Problem terminated .... no cell controlling time step
CYCLE: 4, Time: NaN, Timestep: NaN  controlled by Interaction, factor: 0                                                                                             
Converting JWL to Ideal Gas, Material: ANFO
CYCLE: 2, Time: 1.606E-02, Timestep: 8.414E-03  controlled by SPH particle: 84800, in Part: SPH                                                                                  
CYCLE: 1, Time: 7.649E-03, Timestep: 7.649E-03  controlled by SPH particle: 689, in Part: SPH                                                                                    
CYCLE: 0, Time: 0.000E+00, Timestep: 0.000E+00  controlled by SPH particle: 801, in Part: SPH                                                                                    
Initializing.....Please wait
WARNING! Global erosion settings are ignored for structured parts.
Checking model setup.....Please wait
Automatically saving model, results file option switched on
Outputs set
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SandeepMedikonda posted this 31 August 2018


  Have you tried scaling the time step and delete any misbehaving SPH node:

SPH Cutoffs

These options let you set SPH cutoffs.

The default values are usually good if you are using the default units (mm, mg, ms). You may want to change one or more of these defaults if you are using some other set of units.

  • Limit density / Delete node

    If the density of an SPH node drops below the minimum density or above the maximum density defined by the minimum and maximum density factor chosen for the material, you have the choice of either limiting the density to the cutoff density or deleting the node. Make your choice here.

  • Minimum timestep

    Nodes that have a timestep below the minimum timestep will be deleted.



xfeng posted this 03 September 2018

Hi Sandeep, I have tried limiting SPH cutoff density to no avail. 

I have created a working model by creating geometry through the ANSYS Autodyn standalone system.

Much appreciate your help!

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