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Matthew Brannock May 3, 2001 03:13

Momentum source UDF
Hi, I've just written up some code for a momentum source compiled UDF, where the constant source is restricted by its position in the domain and is adjusted on each iteration. It compiled OK (which doesn't mean much) but I get an error when fluent tries to call the function:

Error: get_udf_function: function cell_x_source has wrong type: 5 != 3 Error Object: ()

What does this mean and how can I fix it? I am a novice at C programming so it is probably something majorly wrong with the variable and function types I'm using. Here's the code:

#include "udf.h"

/* ------------------------------------------------------------------------


This routine returns the source term for the X-momentum term for each

control volume in the domain.

------------------------------------------------------------------------ */ DEFINE_SOURCE(cell_x_source, cell, thread, dS, eqn) {

real source;

real xc[ND_ND]; /* 3D position in array */

C_CENTROID(xc,cell,thread); /* outputs xc (cell centroid) */

if (xc[0] > 0.95)


if (xc[0] < 1.05)

if (xc[1] > 0)

if (xc[1] < 1) /* Restricted position of momentum source */

/* source term */

source = 0.1;

/* derivative of source term w.r.t. x-velocity. */

dS[eqn] = 0;



source = dS[eqn] = 0.; return source; }

John Brown May 3, 2001 03:22

Re: Momentum source UDF

Xiao Hu May 3, 2001 11:57

Re: Momentum source UDF
What do you want to do with the following lines?

if (xc[0] > 0.95)


if (xc[0] < 1.05)

if (xc[1] > 0)

if (xc[1] < 1)

Do you want to say if xc[0] belongs to (0.95, 1.05) and xc[1] belongs to (0,1)? If so, then you may want to try

if((xc[0] > 0.95)&&(xc[0] < 1.05)&& (xc[1] > 0)&&(xc[1] < 1)) { source=0.1; dS[eqn]=0; } else { source=dS[eqn]=0; }

Matthew Brannock May 3, 2001 12:15

Re: Momentum source UDF
Thanks for the reply. Yes, that is exactly what I want to say; I must say that is a way better way of putting it. Although I still get the same error when using the function with the 'adjust' function hook.

Error: get_udf_function: function cell_x_source has wrong type: 5 != 3 Error Object: ()

Any suggestions on what this error means with respect to my function code? Any solution to this?

keith May 3, 2001 14:37

Re: Momentum source UDF
I might misunderstand, but if you're trying to implement this as an "adjust" function, then that's why you're getting an error. Just leave the function hook as "none", and set this source term in the boundary conditions panel. For each fluid zone you want to apply it to, turn on the "Source Terms" button, and then for the x-momentum equation, set udf cell_x_source.

Hope this helps.


Matthew Brannock May 3, 2001 22:18

Re: Momentum source UDF
Thanks, problem sorted. Now I understand where to use the DEFINE_SOURCE and DEFINE_ADJUST macros.

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