Importing FDS Validation Geometry to Pyrosim

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Created with software version: 2020.1

To follow along with this tutorial, download the relevant files here.

1. Introduction

The FDS validation suite compares FDS (Fire Dynamic Simulator) results with experimental data. These examples cover most of the features available in FDS. When you want to use a new feature in FDS, you can speed your learning by reviewing how the feature was used in a validation example.

The video and post below covers several such validation examples and how to quickly import FDS models into PyroSim.  

You can download the NIST Validation Guide here. Read the guide and find a problem that you would like to run. Figure 1 is an image showing some of the content of the guide, as you can see these are useful examples.

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Figure 1. Partial contents of NIST Validation Guide

Once you decide on a problem, download the FDS input file. To do this:

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Figure 2. Validation Github Page
  • Find the problem you want to use. The name typically is the name of the experiment used to obtain the results. For this example, we will select the first example, ATF_Corridors
  • Click the FDS_Input_Files folder.
  • Click the specific case you want to run. We will select the ATF_Corridors_240_kW.fds case. This will open a listing of the input data. 
  • Click the Raw button, shown in Figure 3, to select the Raw view of the FDS data.
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Figure 3. Raw View of Validation Input File
  • Save the raw file as an FDS input file. In this case, we give the name ATF_Corridors_240_kW.fds.

Now start PyroSim.

  • On the File menu, click Import FDS/CAD File. Select ATF_Corridors_240_kW.fds. Select the FDS version, in this case FDS6, and click OK. This will start the import process.
  • PyroSim supports most FDS options directly in the user interface, however, there are some less frequently used options that must be input manually. Nearly all input dialogs include an Advanced tab, where the user can type the parameter name and value in the Additional Fields section. PyroSim includes this data when writing the input record. During file import, a warning message will be given for any field that is not supported and the action taken by PyroSim to resolve the issue. In this example, the fields SIG_FIGSSIG_FIGS_EXP, NO_SLIP, and VELO_INDEX are not supported. PyroSim added the parameters to the Additional Fields section. Click OK to close the FDS Import Warnings dialog.
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Figure 4. FDS Import Warning Dialog
  • The gas velocity measuring device H-01 included the VELO_INDEX parameter. In the figure below, we see that the parameter was added to the Additional Fields section and is written as part of the FDS input record.
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Figure 5. Gas-Phase Device Dialog

The model Record View displays highlighted records of the input file that will be sent to FDS.

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Figure 6. Model Record View showing the input data written for FDS execution

Figure 7 is a picture of the imported model, ready for simulation. Since there are three meshes, we can speed the solution by using clicking Run FDS Parallel on the Analysis menu (For more on this feature, take a look at the Assign FDS Meshes to Specific MPI Processes tutorial).

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Figure 7. 3D View of model

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