Calculating drag coefficient from Fluent
Can any one tell me how to calculate drag coefficient from Fluent on the 2D airfoil. I have done this using wall force(from fluent display) taking Xdirection normalforce + xdirection shear force divide by 0.5u*2 but i end up getting the wrong result. Could any one tell me if this is the right approach.

Re: Calculating drag coefficient from Fluent
Solve / Monitor / Surface / Drag Then chose the airfoil edges to compute the drag force from.
To get a nondimensional drag coefficient, set your airfoil parameters in the following section : Report / Reference values Set length, speed, rho etc. The reported Cd should be ok now. Good luck. Cheers, Flav 
Re: Calculating drag coefficient from Fluent
Hi Richard,
I also tried to plot the Cd profile for flow past a circular cylider case but the results are not coming correctly. I followed this way. Solve/Monitors/Force/Drag ... then I chosen the curve for Cd plot. I set the density, velocity, but not the length at Report / Reference values. I wonder whether length details are truly needed for calculating the Cd value. Bye, Jalaiah 
Hi guys, i'm tring to calculate the drag force coefficient in a 3d case and the fluid is behind a cylinder.
the fluid is: density = 800 kg/m^3 dinamic viscosity = 0.005 kg/ms velocity = 8 m/s the cylinder is: diameter = 13 mm length = 300 mm stiffness modulus = 200000 MPa poisson coefficient = 0.3 to calculate the drag coefficient i push: solve/monitors/force/drag coefficient..... the direction of the vector of force is in parallel to the flow flowing i set the reference value: Area = 0.013*0.3 that is the product for diameter and the length of the cylinder, Length = 0.013 that is the diameter then i set other values: viscosity, velocity, density of fluid as i wrote upforward. i put 90 nodes around the circonference of the cylinder, and 25 along to the length of the cylinder. the algorytm used is LES, because this is a 3d case I used PISO and second order upwind for momentum... the Cd value is incresing but after 0.02 seconds it is still to 0.7. How can i do, please help me. Alessio Thank to all 
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I am using Fluent to calculated Force too, my model is a hull of ship. my results showed that the Viscous Force is ok but the Pressure Fore is not corrected. Anybody knows what is wrong? Tobino, 
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Calculating forces
Hello, I have created a 3D model of a 3 blade tidal current turbine with the blade length 710 mm and blade width 162 mm. It is surrounded by a cylinder which will act as a rotor and finally by a brick acting as a stator.
After exporting the mesh from gambit 2.2.30 to fluent 6.1, I want to calculate the drag and lift force on the walls of the blades. I have defined the units (angular velocity into rpm), grid interfaces, boundary conditions. However when I follow the command Solve>> Monitors>> Forces It shows an error saying " No data to plot". If anyone can explain this? 
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It depends on what are you looking for?!
If you are looking for Cd, based on results obtained for aerdynamic force,then these results might not be correct if reference are is not correct. 
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