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Old   December 8, 2011, 10:51
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Image above is Backward Facing Step. The upper side is inlet, the lower side is outlet. I need to do analysis at the step height area. Is there any analysis I can perform? I was told to do analysis of wall shear, mass flow, shear stress, shear strain and velocity. I already done velocity by using graph a line, contour and streamline. Please enlight me for the other analysis. Thanks in advanced.
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Old   December 8, 2011, 17:34
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There are millions of academic paper analysing this flow. have a look at some and see what they use as their key flow parameters.
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Thanks. I get some idea now. However, I have difficulties at finding the vortex at the step area.


From picture above, right side is inlet, left side is outlet. I do streamline using cfx, and it's 3D streamline start from inlet. The variable is velocity. How do I make cfx to 'sketch' the vortex at step area? It's 500 Reynolds Number by the way, and fluid self-circulation should exist at step height. Is there any method for me to view the vortex/self-circulation at step? Thanks in advanced. By the way I am using ANSYS 11.0.
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release pathlines from adjacent location
another method is to use the tecplot or feildview, you will get very nice pictures
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You do not need tecplot or fieldview for this, CFD-Post will do it just fine.

You need to think laterally a bit to show some of these features.

If you want the separation length then look at the u velocity on the bottom wall. The point which has zero u velocity is the separation reattachment point.

If you want a picture which shows the recirculation then simply put some streamline seed points in the separation region. You can do this either manually, or using the domain with a reduction factor. Adjust the reduction factor to give you a few points in the recirculation region but not too many points.

Far: Your image with a release point will not work. streamlines started from your line will simply jump over the separation region. You need to seed streamlines inside the separation region.
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Reduction factor 1.0 did shown recirculation zone at step height. Thanks a lot.
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