VERIFICATION TESTS OF MASS CONSERVATION FOR FIREFOAM AND DEVELOPMENT OF A USER'S GUIDE
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The objective of this study is to develop basic verification tests for FireFOAM, a large eddy simulation (LES) solver developed by FM Global for fire applications, and based on the general-purpose Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solver called OpenFOAM. These tests will be eventually included in an upcoming User Guide for FireFOAM users. We focus here on a series of tests developed to evaluate global species mass conservation statements. The series includes a two-dimensional helium plume case, a three-dimensional helium plume case and a three-dimensional pool fire case. The two-dimensional helium plume case focuses on the effects of changing the temporal discretization scheme in FireFOAM. The three-dimensional helium plume case focuses on the effects of changing the spatial discretization scheme used to describe the convection terms in the governing equations. Finally, the three-dimensional pool fire case focuses on the effects of changing the number of outer loops used to provide coupling between the governing equations that are solved sequentially. The results of the tests provide valuable insight for FireFOAM users who need to make numerical choices on the temporal discretization scheme, the spatial discretization scheme and the number of outer loops with little guidance on the impact of these choices.