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anant January 16, 2007 06:23

Hi everybody, I have a 2 D model in which I am using a UDF to give motion to a body(named valve) which inturn is immersed in a control volume. The model is like this. A rectangular object(valve) is placed inside another rectangular control volume. the valve is expected to move up in the Y direction while the flow is on.

Bdry conditions are : inlet--- mass flow inlet outlet---pressure outlet valve--- waLL (with the option moving wall enabled in the dynamic zone panel)

I am modelling it as a dynamic mesh problem and am using the following UDF,

#include "udf.h"

static real v_prev = 0.0;

DEFINE_CG_MOTION(piston, dt, vel, omega, time, dtime) { Thread *t; face_t f; real NV_VEC (A); real force, dv;

/* reset velocities */ NV_S (vel, =, 0.0); NV_S (omega, =, 0.0);

if (!Data_Valid_P ())


/* get the thread pointer for which this motion is defined */ t = DT_THREAD (dt);

/* compute pressure force on body by looping through all faces */ force = 0.0; begin_f_loop (f, t)


F_AREA (A, f, t);

force += F_P (f, t) * NV_MAG (A);

} end_f_loop (f, t)

/* compute change in velocity, i.e., dv = F * dt / mass

velocity update using explicit Euler formula */ dv = dtime * force / 50.0; v_prev += dv; Message ("time = %f, x_vel = %f, force = %f\n", time, v_prev, force);

/* set y-component of velocity */ vel[1] = v_prev; }

I create ONLY the valve as the "Dynamic zone".

After the udf is compiled and the ITERATIONS initiated in an unsteady flow, the vlave DOES'T MOVE. i am doing problem to ascertain the changes in the flow var as the valve moves up in the Y direction. I am unable to identify the error . can some one help .

thanks .

Venkatesh V January 16, 2007 10:36

I hope Fluent did correct by not moving the valve. You are assigning v_prev to Y Velocity i.e vel[1].

But in the starting of the code you have initialized v_prev to zero and you have not changed to some number after that.

If your objective is to only move the valve in y direction, no need to use UDF you can jut input these parameters in Dynamic Mesh control panel.

I hope this would help you.

Thanks Venkatesh V

anant January 17, 2007 01:15


I am an not very conversant with UDF, however can you please explain how do I go about giving "motion" to the valve by entering the parameters in the Dynamic Mesh control panel. where do I enter the values of the motion ? Is there any tutorial problem rewgarding this ? regards Ananth

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