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Jan July 12, 2006 09:35

Tangential velocity
How does fluent calculate the Tangential Velocity? I mean is the SQRT(Vx^2 + Vy^2)? or does it use another way? kind regards, Jan

Jason July 12, 2006 11:11

Re: Tangential velocity
That would give you the magnitude in the X Y plane... assuming that your axis is the Z-axis, this would be the combination of the Radial and Tangential components...

Again, assuming the Z-axis as your axis of rotation, then Tangential would be Vx*cos(theta)-Vy*sin(theta) and Radial would be Vx*sin(theta)+Vy*cos(theta).

You have to tell Fluent what your reference axis is. This is in the Define->Boundary Conditions... Select the Fluid volume... here you can define the axis origin and direction. The equations will change depending on the location and direction of the axis, so what I gave above is stricly for an axis of rotation coincident with the Z-Axis.

Hope this helps, and good luck, Jason

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