Negative & irregular concentration with an applied concentration flux
Posted Oct 17, 2019, 11:06 AM EDT Chemical Version 5.4 0 Replies
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I want to study the mass transport of diluted species under convection and diffusion. My simulations yielded a significant amount of negative concentration. Therefore I created a model for testing purposes:
- Only diffusion
- Geometry (see geometry.png) -> a defined flux is applied at the surface. This flux was originally defined by a square pulse (for testing purposes the flux is constant)
- Time-dependent study
The results show that:
- There is a zone of negative concentration above the surface where the flux is set
- The concentration on the surface where the flux is applied has not a uniform concentration.
What did I try to resolve this:
- Change the mesh. I used the standard mesh from comsol and two custom quad meshes different accuracy. Concentration profiles from the quad-meshes are attached. It seems that the mesh quality only compresses/shifts the negative concentration zone.
- Ramping up the pulse and removing the pulse (constant flux)
- change time-steps (smaller steps)
- change the stabilization methods
- change the magnitude of the flux
Nothing of the above methods did help. I have also attached my test model.
TLDR: Transient study using diffusion of a concentration applied via a flux results in significant regions of negative concentration as well as concentration "hot-spots".