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September 10, 2007, 05:48 
Actual drag force from dimensionless equations

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If the equations of motion are solved in dimensionless form in CFX, how to calculate the actual drag force?
The equations of motion in dimensional form are converted into dimensionless form. Since there is no provision to solve in dimensionles form in CFX, the dimensionless variables are assigned some units (viz, SI system) in CFX. After the solver is run, how is the drag force obtained in Post related to actual drag force? 

September 10, 2007, 14:23 
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I don't think the equations are solved in dimensionless form. The solver has units that it solves in  the "Solution Units".


September 10, 2007, 18:36 
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Hi,
Stumpy is correct. The solver uses the dimensional form. You can define a set of nondimensional numbers which are consistent and solve for them, I think this is discussed in the manual. Glenn Horrocks 

September 11, 2007, 00:55 
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Hi,
Thanks for the response. Yes, the dimensionless form of the equations are solved after assigning some units (cgs or SI). But our problem is how to relate the drag force obtained in Post to the actual drag force if the equations were in dimensional from? 

September 11, 2007, 07:15 
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Hi,
If I understand you correctly you want to know how the drag force is scaled in a dimensionless calculation. The unit of drag force is the same as pressure and should therefor scale accordingly. The answer to your question is thus completely dependent on how you have scaled your equations to get them on a dimensionless form. A common way to scale the Navier Stokes equations is to introduce a characteristic length and velocity and get the Reynolds number as a characteristic dimensionless number. In this case a characteristic pressure which reduces the NS to Du/Dt = Re^1 nabla^2 u  nabla p is p* = rho* U*^2 where rho* is the characteristic density and U* the characteristic velocity of your system. Meaning that in this case you would have to scale your dimensionless pressure / drag force by rho* U*^2 in order to get it back on dimensionful form.  Terje 

September 12, 2007, 23:53 
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Hi Terje,
Thanks for the response. But the dimensions of force and pressure differ by area. 

September 13, 2007, 03:29 
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Hi,
if you have the total drag force and not per area just use the method described and scale by the characteristic length squared. Terje 

September 13, 2007, 05:19 
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Hi,
If we solve the dimenionless form of the equations, will simple scaling give the actual force? We solve the dimensionless equations after assigning some units in CFX. Since the values of velocity etc, now, are different from actual velocity, the physics of the problem will change completely, viz., separation of boundary layer, size of wake region will be different. Then, will simple scaling in Post represent actual conditions? 

September 13, 2007, 07:18 
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Hi slaxmi,
If, as you say, the physics of the problem changes completely when you scale it, of course simple scaling in post will not give any useful information. And the simulation done with the dimensionless quantities will not be of much use. However, the idea of scaling is that the physics of the problem is the same on different size scales and can be described with the same equations. And this is the trick, if the equations describing the physics of the problem are the same, and all your dimensionless quantities are the same on the different size scales then you can also scale your solution. If the probelem scales or not in your case is probably best decided by you.  Terje 

September 13, 2007, 23:42 
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Hi Terje,
Thanks for your inputs. 

September 14, 2007, 19:20 
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That will obviously depend on the nondimensional scheme you have set up.
In general I see nothing to be gained by using nondimensional solver variables in a dimensional solver like CFX. If you are comparing to published data in nondimensional form I recommend you solve using dimensional variables and convert the results to nondimensional numbers after extracting your results. Glenn Horrocks 

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