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Old   May 22, 2013, 08:02
Default Average value of expression in transient flow analysis
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Hi,

I am currently trying to set up a transient flow analysis of an aerofoil. I want to extract the average drag coefficient as a parameter for a study, but have run into some problems.

Currently i am so far:
  1. I have set up the basic model and it runs.
  2. Created an expression for the drag coefficient: 2*force_x()@AntennaSurface/(areaAve(Density)@Inlet*(areaAve(Velocity u)@Inlet)^2*FrontalArea).
  3. Created an additional variable with: Type: Unspecified, Unit: [ ], Tensor Type: Scalar.
  4. Included the additional variable in my domain and set its value to the expression for the drag coefficient.
  5. In the "Trn Stats" tab under "Output control" I have created a Transient Statistics Object and added the additional value and set the "Option" to "Arithmetic Average".

When I run the model I get an instant error saying:

| PROBLEM ENCOUNTERED WHEN EXECUTING CFX EXPRESSION LANGUAGE |
| |
| The CFX expression language was evaluating: |
| Additional Variable Value |
| |
| The problem was: |
| DIVIDE-BY-ZERO |


Have I missed some small detail or am I doing it completely wrong?

Please help. Thanks!
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Old   May 22, 2013, 08:52
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I've done almost the same thing as you, but used two AVs and the .Trnavg operator instead. It worked for me.
edit: what was the initial condition for your AV? If it was set to zero it could explain your error.

Code:
 LIBRARY:
   ADDITIONAL VARIABLE: Additional Variable 1
     Boundary Only Field = On
     Option = Definition
     Tensor Type = SCALAR
     Units = [Pa]
     Variable Type = Unspecified
   END
   ADDITIONAL VARIABLE: Additional Variable 2
     Boundary Only Field = On
     Option = Definition
     Tensor Type = SCALAR
     Units = [Pa]
     Variable Type = Unspecified
   END

and 

FLUID MODELS:
  ADDITIONAL VARIABLE: Additional Variable 1
    Additional Variable Value = areaAve(Pressure)@boundary <--- your expression
    Option = Algebraic Equation
  END
  ADDITIONAL VARIABLE: Additional Variable 2
    Additional Variable Value = Additional Variable 1.Trnavg <--- time average
    Option = Algebraic Equation
  END
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