# Calculating flow through an area

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 April 22, 2009, 17:35 Calculating flow through an area #1 New Member   Mike Jenkins Join Date: Apr 2009 Location: Kansas City Posts: 9 Rep Power: 9 What is the consensus opinion on how to calculate leakage through an area? I have tried calculating the cross sectional area and then multiplying by a measured velocity point in that area but since some areas are high proportionally to the rest of the area, the answer is not correct. I have also tried graphing flow but it is not always constant in the areas either. Is there a way to calculate average velocity of an area or something and then multiply by the area? Any other suggestions are welcome. I am trying to calculate a leakage rate through a crack.

 April 22, 2009, 17:37 #2 New Member   Mike Jenkins Join Date: Apr 2009 Location: Kansas City Posts: 9 Rep Power: 9 also see this forum I posted to calculate the velocity: Leakage through a small clearance crack.

 April 22, 2009, 20:27 #3 Super Moderator   Glenn Horrocks Join Date: Mar 2009 Location: Sydney, Australia Posts: 12,638 Rep Power: 98 Hi, In CFX you should use the massFlow() CEL expression to calculate the mass flows. Then it will correctly account for the integration points which your simple area times velocity approach does not. In most cases the difference should be small though. Glenn Horrocks

 April 25, 2009, 05:11 #4 New Member   Join Date: Apr 2009 Posts: 2 Rep Power: 0 Hi, If you create a 2D region at this area, you should be able to calculate the area averaged massflow through this area in CFX post. You need to create a table, then what you should enter is areaAve(massflow) @ (region) Delali

 April 26, 2009, 19:07 #5 Super Moderator   Glenn Horrocks Join Date: Mar 2009 Location: Sydney, Australia Posts: 12,638 Rep Power: 98 Hi, I suspect he is looking for the total mass flow, not the massflow per cell. In this case you don't use the areaAve() function, but should use the massFlow() function instead. Glenn Horrocks

May 1, 2009, 13:39
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 Originally Posted by delalidei Hi, If you create a 2D region at this area, you should be able to calculate the area averaged massflow through this area in CFX post. You need to create a table, then what you should enter is areaAve(massflow) @ (region) Delali

To created a 2D region in CFX Post?
I also want to get flow rate through a section of a tunnel, but I did not figure out how to make a 2D region at a section interested without including the flow outside of the tunnel.

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 May 2, 2009, 08:45 #7 Super Moderator   Glenn Horrocks Join Date: Mar 2009 Location: Sydney, Australia Posts: 12,638 Rep Power: 98 Hi, A plane can be defined to have bounds. Have you tried that? And as I mentioned previously use the massFlow() function to get the massflow directly on your surface. Glenn Horrocks

May 12, 2009, 13:26
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Hi,

I have pretty much the same problem. I have a fluidic actuator cavity that is connected to the outside flow with a thin slit, as can be seen in the attached picture. One wall of the cavity is moving (piezo disc), so there is flow going back and forth through the slit. I would like to monitor the mass flow (in fact, the average velocity) and would like to use a CEL expression for that. However, there is no region defined that crosses the slit.
Is it possible to create a plane that crosses the slit in CFX Pre? Or do I have to define it in ICEM when creating the mesh? Doing it later in Post isn't really what I like, because then I can't monitor the expression during the solver run.

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 May 12, 2009, 18:50 #9 Super Moderator   Glenn Horrocks Join Date: Mar 2009 Location: Sydney, Australia Posts: 12,638 Rep Power: 98 Hi, I think you can do this in V12 but I am not sure. In V11 or earlier you have to cut the mesh and reconnect it with an interface, preferably with a 1:1 connection. Then you have a surface to calculate the massflow rate on. Alternately you can define a monitor point in the middle of the passage and monitor the velocity. Of course this is not the mass flow but sometimes it is enough and you don't need to remesh this way. Glenn Horrocks

 September 11, 2009, 15:34 Solution! #10 New Member   Mike Jenkins Join Date: Apr 2009 Location: Kansas City Posts: 9 Rep Power: 9 I have found that the best solution for my particular problem is quite obvious... I used the massflow calculator as suggested to get the total flow but found that you can get the exact same result from clicking on the report generator (include default template). A table of mass flow will then be given for each inlet, outlet and opening in the report preview window along with other useful information.

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 Originally Posted by ghorrocks Hi, In CFX you should use the massFlow() CEL expression to calculate the mass flows. Then it will correctly account for the integration points which your simple area times velocity approach does not. In most cases the difference should be small though. Glenn Horrocks
Sorry to bring this up again but I am unsure if the CEL function massFlow()@interface... gives mass flow moving only in one direction or the total flux. The reason I'm thinking its just measuring everything going thru at any direction is the mass flow at these interfaces I am measuring is much greater than the mass flow entering the system or leaving the system near this interface. This region is highly turbulent with much recirculating flow since there are two different domain speeds. I also noticed you cannot definite an axial or any direction for this massFlow function. Is there any way to find out how much is passing into and out of this domain, and only the amount that moves on "forward" toward the exit?

 October 20, 2012, 05:27 #12 Super Moderator   Glenn Horrocks Join Date: Mar 2009 Location: Sydney, Australia Posts: 12,638 Rep Power: 98 I have not checked but am pretty sure massflow gives the total flux, so it can go positive or negative. If there are regions of both forward and backward flow it will return the net flux (forwards-backwards). Of course you do not define a direction for massflow - it is simply the massflow across the surface. Not sure how you could split the flow into forward and backwards components. It is simple if your surface is flat, but if curved it is a bit trickier.

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