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I'm still pretty new in the CFD modelling world.

Can anyone advise me how to define a inlet for a tidal basin in Fluent? The water level and the velocity at the inlet vary in time due to the tide cycle.

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Depending on what you are trying to accomplish, you might want to look at some of the ocean modeling codes that exist to model a tidel inlet. The Princeton Ocean Model (POM) is one of the most well-known of these and is relatively easy to setup. Other examples include

all of which have an active user community with examples.

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    $\begingroup$ Will not downvote this because it provides references, but it is more appropriate as a comment rather than an answer. Also, POM is very obsolete nowadays IMO, and has more of a historical importance. $\endgroup$ – milancurcic May 16 '13 at 18:16
  • $\begingroup$ This answer is too long for a comment, which is probably why it's an answer; comments are limited to 500 characters. It's also pertinent to the question. $\endgroup$ – Geoff Oxberry May 16 '13 at 22:49
  • $\begingroup$ I would like to simulate the water movements (circulations) in a tidal basin due to the tidal in- and outflow. After that I plan to make several adjustments to the interior of the basin to see how the water movements change. So you're saying this isn't possible in Ansys Fluent and I should use another program? $\endgroup$ – Elyse May 17 '13 at 8:25

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