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September 18, 2008, 15:02 
CFXPost Variables

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I have discovered what appears to be an inconsistency between the Velocity variables in CFXPost. I assume that: Velocity = sqrt[(Velocity u)^2 + (Velocity v)^2 + (Velocity w)^2]
Using either areaAve or massFlowAve I get the following data: areaAve( Velocity u ) 8606.64 [ ft min^1 ] areaAve( Velocity v ) 80.62 [ ft min^1 ] areaAve( Velocity w ) 213.75 [ ft min^1 ] areaAve( Velocity ) 9738.15 [ ft min^1 ] However, calculation of the magnitude using the formula above gives a value of: 8609.67 [ft min^1]. Strangely the areaAve Velocity value of 9738.15 [ft min^1] is closer to the expected velocity of 9620 [ft min^1] based on the flow area and the udirection mass flow rate boundary condition I've applied. Does anyone have an explanation for this? I haven't been able to find a mathematical definition for Velocity in the CFX documentation. 

September 18, 2008, 19:12 
Re: CFXPost Variables

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Hi,
Velocity is defined as sqrt(u^2+v^2+w^2). I would look at how the area averages are being calculated. What surface is this area average over? An inlet or outlet? Is the surface planar? Glenn Horrocks 

September 18, 2008, 19:29 
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Thanks for your response. I have tried the previous calculations on 3 different surfaces  an inlet, a midplane, and an outlet. All are planar, this is just a simple duct flow problem. Checking my discretised area using the area()@... function shows negligable difference from the true planar area (<.5%).
The specific data I posted was for an outlet surface but all 3 surfaces were showing the same behaviour. Since I posted I have also tried another test where I explicitly defined the outlet u velocity to be 49 m s^1. Following that run, the areaAve(Velocity u)@.. came out at 43 m s^1 there were small v and w components and the areaAve(Velocity)@ returned a value near the 49 m s^1 input value. Your insight is appreciated. 

September 18, 2008, 23:54 
Re: CFXPost Variables

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The averages should not be the same.
Sum(Ui^2+Vi^2+Wi^2)/n does not equal (Sum(Ui)/n)^2 + (Sum(Vi)/n)^2 + (Sum(Wi)/n)^2 where i = 1,2,...,n This is essentially what you are trying to compare by area averging the components of velocity and area averaging the resultant vector. 

September 19, 2008, 04:28 
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areaAve( Velocity ) = areaAve ( sqrt[(Velocity u)^2 + (Velocity v)^2 + (Velocity w)^2] ) , but this is different of sqrt ( (areaAve( Velocity u ))^2 + (areaAve( Velocity v ))^2 + (areaAve( Velocity w ))^2 )


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