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The following instructions assume that you are a member of the Unix group fluent. The instructions in this section are only useful if you want to use the graphical user interface of Fluent, for instance to setup a job, or pre- and post-process a production job. If you want to run a production job, please refer to to instructions on how to start a Fluent batch job (see next section).
The Fluent program is started by setting a system variables FLUENT_ARCH, FLUENT_INC, and FLUENT_LICENSE_FILE to let the system know about the computing platform employed (UltraSparc), the directory where the software resides and the license file used, respectively. It is also useful to include the directory with the Fluent executable in your path. Here is the command sequences to do all this (assuming bash and Fluent version 6.3 on Solaris/Sparc 32 bit):
These settings apply for the 32-bit version of Fluent 6.3 on Solaris, which is the default. Since our Solaris machines are 64-bit, and Solaris 10 is a 64-bit operating system, there is also a Fluent version that uses a 64-bit address space. If you want to use the 64-bit version, you need to specify ultra_64 for FLUENT_ARCH. Everything else remains the same.
There is a simple alternative for setting up your environment for the usage of Fluent: you can leave the above commands to usepackage and simply type
for the 32-bit version, or
for 64 bit. This will automatically issue the above commands. You can also include the use command in your setup file (e.g. .bash_profile) if you are using fluent regularly on the Solaris platform.
To do the setup for the Ansys-14 Linux version you may simply type
Then you invoke a graphical user interface by typing
For this to work you need to be on sflogin0 (i.e. the Solaris login node) or another Solaris node that allows running interactive programs, if you are running the Solaris version 6.3. Likewise, if you are running the Linux Ansys-14 version, you need to be on sw0010 (i.e. the Linux login node) or another Linux node with interactive access.
The first choice you have to make is if you are solving a two- or a three-dimensional problem, and if you want to do so in single or double precision. You can do so by typing 2d, 3d, 2ddp, or 3ddp, following the fluent command. All commands can be issued in manually or by clicking on the toolbar on the top of the GUI and selecting the appropriate sub-choices. Note that if you want to type a command yourself, and you do not know what your choices are, simply pressing the Enter key will give you a list of applicable commands.
It is of course impossible to even outline how to use Fluent. In many cases, you will want to read in a case file, which has all the required information to describe the system you want to simulate. Such case files have the file extension .cas. Load them by issuing the /file/read-case command or selecting the corresponding menu-commands in the GUI. You can now check and display the grid, specify boundary conditions and material properties, initialize the flow, and perform calculations.
Results are usually saved by the /file/write-case-data command. During an interactive session, it is sometimes a good idea to keep a journal file which records all commands that you have typed in or issued via the GUI. This journal file can later be used as a template for a batch command file. Define the journal file with the /file/start-journal command.
The usage of Fluent 6.3 is documented in html format on machines where Fluent is installed. On our system you can access this documentation by calling a Firefox web browser:
This documentation is also available in pdf format in
Documentation for Ansys-14 Fluent can be accessed directly from the Fluent GUI by pressing the "Help" button on the upper right (html format), or in pdf format in
on the Linux login node sw0010.
Note that the documentation is only accessible if you are signed up as a Fluent user on our system.