Characterization of the Finite Element Computational Fluid Dynamics Capabilities in the Multiphysics Object Oriented Simulation Environment Academic Article uri icon


  • Abstract The multiphysics object-oriented simulation environment (moose) is a code package that couples a variety of physics modules, allowing for highly accessible multiphysics simulations. The physics modules include a finite element NavierStokes (NS) module that is designed to solve laminar fluid dynamics problems. The usage of this module in multiple recent studies coupled with the growing interest in moose for usage in nonlight water reactor safety studies by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) prompted the authors to investigate the computational fluid dynamics capabilities of moose. A two-dimensional laminar flow past a circular cylinder scenario is simulated in the moose framework to investigate the effectiveness of the NS module. Simulations assumed an unsteady laminar flow with a Reynolds number of 200. To verify the results from moose, similar simulations were conducted using the well-utilized simulation of turbulent flow in arbitrary regionscomputational continuum mechanics C++ (star-ccm+) finite volume code. Results from both codes are also compared to some results from literature. Velocity and pressure profiles of both transient simulations were compared. The numerical and input errors in moose are also visualized with contour plots to qualitatively understand the evolution of the errors across time and space. The comparisons between moose and star-ccm+ showed nearly perfect agreement between the codes for velocity and pressure, especially after the development of the vortex street in later time-steps. The force coefficients showed excellent agreement after the development of the vortex street, but demonstrated notable discrepancies prior to the vortex street development, which is likely due to how each code simulated the approach to the vortex street in earlier time-steps.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Science

author list (cited authors)

  • Weiss, A. G., Zaidan, L. J., Bani Ahmad, M., Abdoelatef, M. G., Peterson, J. W., Lindsay, A. D., ... Kimber, M. L.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Weiss, Abdullah G||Zaidan, Laith J||Bani Ahmad, Mohammad TH||Abdoelatef, M Gomaa||Peterson, John W||Lindsay, Alexander D||Kong, Fande||Ahmed, Karim||Kimber, Mark L

publication date

  • June 2022