# shear stress

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 December 30, 2013, 07:32 shear stress #1 New Member   AKHILESH S L Join Date: Sep 2013 Location: Trivandrum Posts: 29 Rep Power: 5 HI EVERYONE, i need to find the shear stress in the fluid flow. by default there is only shear strain and wall shear in the cfx post. i need to write the user defined variable for finding the shear stress. can anybody please guide me how to write a user defined variable for shear stress? (tau = mu*du/dy) please thanks in advance

 December 30, 2013, 17:04 #2 Super Moderator   Glenn Horrocks Join Date: Mar 2009 Location: Sydney, Australia Posts: 12,709 Rep Power: 98 Do you mean you want all components of the shear stress tensor? That can be evaluated from a built in variable operator which can give the derivative of the velocity vector (eg velocity.grad_x).

 December 31, 2013, 02:03 #3 New Member   AKHILESH S L Join Date: Sep 2013 Location: Trivandrum Posts: 29 Rep Power: 5 THANKS ghorrocks i need to calculate the total shear stress tensor itself. how can i get that? how can i input the variable which you have send? can u please explain me in a few steps please?

 December 31, 2013, 06:18 #4 Super Moderator   Glenn Horrocks Join Date: Mar 2009 Location: Sydney, Australia Posts: 12,709 Rep Power: 98 CEL are scalar variables, so to generate a tensor you need to store the components as individual variables. So you will have velocity u.grad_x, velocity u.grad_y, velocity u.grad_z, velocity v.grad_x.... etc. And assuming your viscosity is constant you can just multiply by viscosity to get the stress tensor. These are just standard CEL variables so you can use them as any other CEL variable. Have a look at the tutorials for examples of CEL expressions.

 December 31, 2013, 07:30 #5 New Member   AKHILESH S L Join Date: Sep 2013 Location: Trivandrum Posts: 29 Rep Power: 5 thank u ghorrocks, can i ask you something? can i get shear stress by multiplying the shear strain (which is already available in CFX post) with dynamic viscosity? tau = mu*(du/dy)? this is more simple way na? if is possible how can i write a user defined variable for shear stress in terms of "mu" and shear strain? can you help me in writing this code?

 December 31, 2013, 07:34 #6 Super Moderator   Glenn Horrocks Join Date: Mar 2009 Location: Sydney, Australia Posts: 12,709 Rep Power: 98 This is really basic CEL expressions - have a look at the tutorials for how to do this. An expression something like ShearStress_u_x = velocity u.grad_x will do it, then repeat with the other combinations of u/v/w, x/y/z for all the other tensor components.

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