# Bug in CEL?

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 June 29, 2009, 07:27 Bug in CEL? #1 Senior Member   Lance Join Date: Mar 2009 Posts: 522 Rep Power: 11 Hi, I have a CEL expression that looks like: Code: `80[Pa]+30[Pa]*(1+sin(5[Hz]*pi*t-pi/2))` and if I plot the expression during 20 s it looks like: which isnt really what it should look like...rather, the waves should be equal in size. Changing the time to 10 s gives the following plot: It seems like there is something strange with CFX when it plot the expression. Anyone else found the same thing?

 June 29, 2009, 10:47 #2 Member     Rui Igreja Join Date: Mar 2009 Location: Aveiro Posts: 68 Blog Entries: 1 Rep Power: 8 Increase the number of points in the plot __________________ Rui

June 29, 2009, 15:09
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 Originally Posted by Rui Increase the number of points in the plot
good one mate, didn't think of that one
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June 30, 2009, 04:25
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 Originally Posted by Rui Increase the number of points in the plot
d'oh, didnt think of that
Thanks

 June 30, 2009, 06:01 #5 Member     Rui Igreja Join Date: Mar 2009 Location: Aveiro Posts: 68 Blog Entries: 1 Rep Power: 8 It was evident from your 2nd plot (the vertices in the curve are well visible). The frequency of your expression is 2.5 Hz, or T = 0.4s. CFX uses, by default, 100 points to make the plot. In the 1st plot (20 s), the points will be spaced by 20 s/ 99 intervals = 0.202 s. So, the plot shows approximately only 2 points for each period of the sinusoidal expression. __________________ Rui

 June 30, 2009, 07:52 #6 Super Moderator   Glenn Horrocks Join Date: Mar 2009 Location: Sydney, Australia Posts: 10,646 Rep Power: 84 Hi, Yes, this is classic frequency aliasing. Remember the Nyquist critereon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nyquist...ling_theorem)? In short to resolve a given frequency you need to sample it at least at twice the frequency you wish to resolve. Frequencies you do not have enough speed to resolve will result in aliased frequencies at lower frequencies which are spurious and not real. It usually manifests itself as beats in ampiltude of a high frequncy wave - see Lance's plots for a classic example. Glenn Horrocks

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