Pressure gradient in Fluent 18.2

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agaddam posted this 29 May 2020

I am simulating a pipe flow with periodic boundary conditions by giving a fixed mass flow rate in Fluent 18.2. At the end of the calculation, I don't see a value of pressure gradient (Pa/m) in the 'periodic conditions' dialogue box. I never had this issue with the previous versions. How can I see/obtain the value of the pressure gradient?

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rwoolhou posted this 01 June 2020

Weird. Can you post a screen shot? If you plot pressure on the two periodic surfaces what do you see?

agaddam posted this 02 June 2020


Thanks for your reply. Please see the attached screenshot. The domain is 2D with periodic inlet and outlet, while wall boundaries are defined with some shear. I generally never found a problem (the pressure gradient value) in previous versions. Apparently, after solution converged in 18.2, it shows always zero!



Kremella posted this 02 June 2020

Could you please check if you are able to reproduce this in the latest version of the tool - 2020R1?

Thank you.


agaddam posted this 03 June 2020

Hi Karthik,

Thanks for your reply. My university currently doesn't have a license for the new version it seems. They provided 18.2. Is there any way we can obtain a pressure gradient other than from the dialogue box in the case of periodic boundary conditions?


rwoolhou posted this 03 June 2020

Your pressure difference is about 1e-8 Pa according to the graph so I suspect it's not so much the panel isn't working as it's not showing that many significant figures. Can you calculate the area average pressure on each periodic surface?

agaddam posted this 03 June 2020

I tried that way. And the result is below between 2 planes at the inlet and outlet (periodic boundaries).


The thing is according to the theory below, the linearly varying component of pressure drop should be being updated in the dialogue box in fluent. I although provided initial guess, there is no use. 




rwoolhou posted this 03 June 2020

Increase the mass flow by about a factor of 10 and see if that helps. If it doesn't try another factor of 10. I want to see if the problem is the model or the fact the pressure drop is near enough zero. 

agaddam posted this 03 June 2020

Yes, I increased mass flow rate by 100 fold, yet, there is no change.  The pressure difference between planes is attached below. The same model previously I ran on Ansys 15/16, it worked pretty fine. Since I changed university, I don't have access to old version of fluent now.



rwoolhou posted this 04 June 2020

Please can you post some images of the geometry and highlight the periodic surfaces? 

agaddam posted this 05 June 2020

It is a simple geometry as shown here. The left and right boundaries are periodic, the upper boundary is symmetry and the lower boundary is a no-slip wall

rwoolhou posted this 05 June 2020

How do the flow results look? Without knowing the scale it's hard to judge but flow through a duct at very low velocity will have a very low dP. 

agaddam posted this 05 June 2020

It's a simple 2D model (50 mm x 100 mm) with right and left boundaries as periodic. The top and bottom are the no-slip walls.  The mass flow rate of water is 0.005 kg/s, which corresponds to a Re of about 10. I attached the screenshot of the velocity contour with the periodic boundary panel below. It shows the pressure gradient zero.

As I mentioned earlier, I never saw the value of pressure gradient zero for this simulation in previous versions of Fluent. I am not sure what is with this 18.2. If there is any way around to get the linearly varying component of the pressure gradient in periodic flows other than from this panel, it would have been helpful.

rwoolhou posted this 08 June 2020

If you plug the 1e-8 Pa in what mass flow do you get?


newbie123 posted this 4 weeks ago


Not OP but I am using 2020 R1 academic version. Likewise I am using similar periodic condition for pressure between inlet and outlet and my static pressure shows e-7 almost similar to OP's case.