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jdk March 6, 2008 09:37

Hi, I want to calculate mass
 
Hi,
I want to calculate mass flow across a BC, which should be a general problem for most people who work with CFD. But I cannot find any standard utility in the 1.4.1 release that can help me. Is it just me ... ?
I have found a utility "calcmassflow" on the openfoam wiki. But that was apperantly created for version 1.2 and after som fiddling with correcting library paths to get wmake to work, I gave up.

Can anyone help?

Regards
Jens

graser March 7, 2008 05:32

Hi Jens OpenFOAM calculates t
 
Hi Jens
OpenFOAM calculates the massflow at every surface in every timeStep. To create a file which contains the flux-data (filename = phi) for every writeInterval you have to tell it OF.
Therefore look at the fvSchemes dictionary in <root>/<case>/system
For more Infomation on fvSchemes read the UserGuide
page: U-104 + U-109 (chapter 4.4.7)

Now you have the flux and need to postprzess it. Therefore you need to integrate phi at your boundary. There is a OF-utility named patchIntegrate.
The Problem is that phi is defined as "surfaceScalarField" and patchIntegrate only integrates "volScalarField". To integrate phi you have to modify the patchIntegrate Tool to read and integrate surfaceScalarFields.

Hf
Max

philippose March 7, 2008 08:05

Hello Jens, A Good day to y
 
Hello Jens,

A Good day to you!

I have been using a modified version of the calcMassFlow utility that you found on the OpenFOAMWiki.

This version of the utility has the following features:
1. Ability to process a decomposed case (detected by the presence of multiple "processor<x>" folders)

2. A dictionary based selection of the patches across which to calculate the Massflow.

3. If a Density value in the dictionary greater than unity is found, it is used to directly calculate the flow in [kg/s], if the density line is commented out in the dictionary, the output is printed in [m^3/s] and [l/min].

4. Works on OpenFOAM 1.4, 1.4.1, 1.4.1-dev, etc..etc...

If you are only going to be working with single processor simulations, I can give you a slightly different version of the code, which is significantly faster (since the code overhead for multiprocessor supoort is not there).

http://www.cfd-online.com/OpenFOAM_D...s/mime_zip.gif calcMassFlow.zip

Have a nice day!

Philippose

gaby March 12, 2008 10:54

Hello! As Jens I need to ca
 
Hello!

As Jens I need to calculate the massFlow through a BC. I've found phi files and the patchIntegrate tool, but I'm not able to modify it :S

Then, I am really interested in the calcMassFlow utility. But I am new in C++ and OpenFoam wmake.

So, it would be great if you could explain me how to use the calcMassFlow utility developed by Philippose. In which folder should I download it?? (applications/bin/linuxGcc4DPOpt ??) Or what tutorial should I read to compile it?? Any help will be appreciated.

Have a nice day !!

Gaby

philippose March 12, 2008 14:38

Hello Gabriela, Good evenin
 
Hello Gabriela,

Good evening to you!

Sooo.... here are the steps you need to follow to compile and use calcMassFlow...

I am assuming that you have a working OpenFOAM installation, and that you are able to compile things using wmake....

1. Unzip the file "calcMassFlow.zip" to the folder: [home]/OpenFOAM/[username]-[OFVersion]/applications

2. Go into the created folder "calcMassFlow"

3. type "wmake"

4. The utility compiles, and installs the executable file in the folder:
[home]/OpenFOAM/[username]-[OFVersion]/applications/bin/linuxGCC4DOpt

The above four steps basically complete the compilation / installation of the utility.

To use it... you need to do the following:

1. In the folder "calcMassFlow" mentioned earlier, there is a sample "calcMassFlowDict" file.... copy this file into the "system" folder of your case.

2. Modify the entries under "patchNames" to the names of the patches through which you want to calculate the massflow.

3. Optionally, you can uncomment the "rho" line, and specify the density of the medium you simulated, in case you want the massflow in units "kg/s" instead of "m^3/s"

4. Go to the root folder of your case, and as usual, type:
calcMassFlow <root> <case> [-time t]

or

calcMassFlow <root> <case> [-latestTime]

or

calcMassFlow <root> <case>


That should be it....

Hope everything works as expected :-)!

Enjoy!

Philippose

gaby March 13, 2008 14:57

Hello Philippose ! Good Eve
 
Hello Philippose !

Good Evening!!

I've followed all your steps and finally it worked very good !!!

Thank you so much! and I hope this would be useful to other Foamers !!! :-)

Gabriela

Rachel July 20, 2009 05:45

Hello Philippose,

Does this utility work with OF-1.5.x?
I have a compressible case so I cannot give a rho value. Do you have suggestion?

I would like to calculate mass flow rate at inlet in kg/s.

I guess I will try it anyways.

Thanks for your time,
Rachel

haghajani August 5, 2009 12:45

Mass flow in a plane into the field
 
Hi all,

Thanks for the posted utility in this thread.

I am interested to calculated mass flow rate in a plane in the field, not patches as inlet/outlet,

do you have any idea, what should i do?

Thanks,
Hamed

CedricVH January 15, 2010 05:58

Hello Philippose,

Thank you for your great utility!

Do you know how I can run it in parallel? When I have a parallel case and run
Code:

calcMassFlow -latestTime
the utility detects all the processor directories and calculates the mass flow rate correctly. However, for big cases, this goes very slow as the program itself only uses 1 CPU.

When I run
Code:

mpirun --hostfile $hosts -np $cpus calcMassFlow -latestTime -parallel
the program does not detect the processor directories anymore, causing it to do nothing.

How can I solve this?

heavy_user February 4, 2010 08:51

steady BC, time dependent flux, density species
 
Hi All,

i have checked out calcMassFLow, nice tool!
But i have encountered some difficutlies...

First I dont understand this (perhaps someone could give me a hand)

Code:


          if(fluxOK)
          {
              if(rho.value() > 1.0)
              {
                Info << "Massflow at "<< bcNames[bcI]
                      << " = " << fluxOut << "kg/s"
                      << endl;
              }
              else
              {             
                Info << "Flux at "<< bcNames[bcI]
                      << " = " << fluxOut << "m^3/s ["
                      << fluxOut*60000 << " l/min]"
                      << endl;
              }
          }

so we have Volume/Time = Area* velocity
mass/Time = Volume/Time * density

so I asume if rho =1 we come out with Volume/Time.
If rho !=1 , we have to multiply with rho and end up with mass/time...ok byt why is the code then
Code:

if(rho.value() > 1.0)
and not if(rho.value() != 1.0) ?????

Second question:

I have two species coming out my inlet.
C3H8 and "air", how can I specify the different densities for each? There is only one entry for density in the dict.

Third question ( migth be slightly off-topic, i apologize for that) :
If I dont specify the density, using an compressible solver, phi needs to be calculated with density.
we have p=rho R T;
My BC are:

Code:

pressure:

    inlet         
    {
        type            fixedValue;
        value          uniform 100000;
    }

T:
    inlet         
    {
        type            fixedValue;
    value        uniform 296;
    }
U:

 inlet
    {
        type            fixedValue;
        value          nonuniform List<vector>
100
(
(0 0 67.552)
(0 0 67.77)
(0 0 67.035)
(0 0 65.8686)
(0 0 64.7974)
(0 0 63.5496)
(0 0 61.7962)
(0 0 59.7163)
(0 0 57.5885)
(0 0 54.9667)
(0 0 50.2231)
(0 0 36.2949)
(0 0 0.315833)
(0 0 6.57834)
(0 0 7.44999)
(0 0 7.96628)
(0 0 8.26225)
(0 0 8.49278)
(0 0 8.65498)
(0 0 8.76455)
(0 0 8.83736)
(0 0 8.88867)
(0 0 8.932)
(0 0 8.97775)
(0 0 9.03216)
(0 0 9.0771)
(0 0 9.2)
(0 0 9.2)
.
.
.
)
;
    }

Species:
C3H8 for r/R<1.
"AIR" for r/R>1.

so NOT time dependent BC.

I am using reactingFOAM and my velocity Field shows eddys from resulting from unsteady BC... :confused:
This goes along with the time depending flow I have:

Code:

uild  : 1.6                                                                                                         
Exec  : calcMassFlow                                                                                               
Date  : Feb 04 2010                                                                                                 
Time  : 13:39:38                                                                                                   
Host  : prandtl                                                                                                     
PID    : 10155                                                                                                       
Case  : /home/itvns/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-1.6/OWN/sandia/V6/diffusionflame_propane         
nProcs : 1                                                                                                           
SigFpe : Enabling floating point exception trapping (FOAM_SIGFPE).                                                   

// * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * //
Create time                                                                   

Create mesh for time = 0

// using new solver syntax:
rho                       
{                         
    solver          PCG; 
    preconditioner  DIC; 
    tolerance      1e-06;
    relTol          0;   
}                         

// using new solver syntax:
U                         
{                         
    solver          PBiCG;
    preconditioner  DILU; 
    tolerance      1e-06;
    relTol          0;   
}                         

// using new solver syntax:
p                         
{                         
    solver          PCG; 
    preconditioner  DIC; 
    tolerance      1e-09;
    relTol          0;   
}                         

// using new solver syntax:
Yi                       
{                         
    solver          PBiCG;
    preconditioner  DILU; 
    tolerance      1e-06;
    relTol          0;   
}                         

// using new solver syntax:
h                         
{                         
    solver          PBiCG;
    preconditioner  DILU; 
    tolerance      1e-06;
    relTol          0;   
}                         

// using new solver syntax:
k                         
{                         
    solver          PBiCG;
    preconditioner  DILU; 
    tolerance      1e-06;
    relTol          0;   
}                         

// using new solver syntax:
epsilon                   
{                         
    solver          PBiCG;
    preconditioner  DILU; 
    tolerance      1e-06;
    relTol          0;   
}                         

Checking for multiple processor directories....
No processor directories found               

Time = 0

.....                 

No phi for Time = 0 -> Skipping

Error....Patch: inlet not found!

Time = 0.00025

......                     

Patch: inlet found on 1/1 processor(s)
Flux at inlet = -0.00187994m^3/s [-112.796 l/min]

Time = 0.0005

.....                   

Patch: inlet found on 1/1 processor(s)
Flux at inlet = -0.00190881m^3/s [-114.528 l/min]

Time = 0.00075

.....                 

Patch: inlet found on 1/1 processor(s)
Flux at inlet = -0.00194239m^3/s [-116.544 l/min]

Time = 0.001

.....                       

Patch: inlet found on 1/1 processor(s)
Flux at inlet = -0.00198381m^3/s [-119.028 l/min]

Time = 0.00125

....

Patch: inlet found on 1/1 processor(s)
Flux at inlet = -0.00201004m^3/s [-120.602 l/min]

Time = 0.0015
.....                   

Patch: inlet found on 1/1 processor(s)
Flux at inlet = -0.00205286m^3/s [-123.171 l/min]

Time = 0.00175

....                     

Patch: inlet found on 1/1 processor(s)
Flux at inlet = -0.00209103m^3/s [-125.462 l/min]

Time = 0.002

....                       

Patch: inlet found on 1/1 processor(s)
Flux at inlet = -0.00209209m^3/s [-125.525 l/min]

Time = 0.00225

....

Patch: inlet found on 1/1 processor(s)
Flux at inlet = -0.00196443m^3/s [-117.866 l/min]

Time = 0.0025

...                     

Patch: inlet found on 1/1 processor(s)
Flux at inlet = -0.00174933m^3/s [-104.96 l/min]

Time = 0.00275

...                     

Patch: inlet found on 1/1 processor(s)
Flux at inlet = -0.0015123m^3/s [-90.7381 l/min]

Time = 0.003


.....

                       

Patch: inlet found on 1/1 processor(s)
Flux at inlet = -0.00129365m^3/s [-77.6187 l/min]

The flux is oszillating....WHY ???????
I have no clue why this is happening and it messes up everything...

PLZ help!

regards!

Gearb0x February 27, 2010 08:52

Hello

I would like to compare the massflow produced by this utility to the one I get un fluent.

In fluent, when you have a 2D case, it extrudes a third dimension of 1 meter to calculate the massflow.

I would like to know how it works here with this code? What's the value of the third dimension? Where is it created? How to change it?

Thanks for the help

subash June 17, 2010 03:02

[QUOTE=philippose;185787]Hello Gabriela,

Good evening to you!

Sooo.... here are the steps you need to follow to compile and use calcMassFlow...

I am assuming that you have a working OpenFOAM installation, and that you are able to compile things using wmake....

1. Unzip the file "calcMassFlow.zip" to the folder: [home]/OpenFOAM/[username]-[OFVersion]/applications

2. Go into the created folder "calcMassFlow"

3. type "wmake"

4. The utility compiles, and installs the executable file in the folder:
[home]/OpenFOAM/[username]-[OFVersion]/applications/bin/linuxGCC4DOpt

The above four steps basically complete the compilation / installation of the utility.

To use it... you need to do the following:

1. In the folder "calcMassFlow" mentioned earlier, there is a sample "calcMassFlowDict" file.... copy this file into the "system" folder of your case.

2. Modify the entries under "patchNames" to the names of the patches through which you want to calculate the massflow.

3. Optionally, you can uncomment the "rho" line, and specify the density of the medium you simulated, in case you want the massflow in units "kg/s" instead of "m^3/s"

4. Go to the root folder of your case, and as usual, type:
calcMassFlow <root> <case> [-time t]

or

calcMassFlow <root> <case> [-latestTime]

or

calcMassFlow <root> <case>


Hi philippose

I tried to compile(wmake) the file that you had attached but it throws me the following error, can you help me with this


SOURCE=calcMassFlow.C ; g++ -m32 -Dlinux -DWM_DP -Wall -Wno-strict-aliasing -Wextra -Wno-unused-parameter -Wold-style-cast -O3 -DNoRepository -ftemplate-depth-40 -I/home/research/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-1.6/src/finiteVolume/lnInclude -I/home/research/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-1.6/src/meshTools/lnInclude -IlnInclude -I. -I/home/research/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-1.6/src/OpenFOAM/lnInclude -I/home/research/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-1.6/src/OSspecific/POSIX/lnInclude -fPIC -c $SOURCE -o Make/linuxGccDPOpt/calcMassFlow.o
In file included from calcMassFlow.C:198:
/home/research/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-1.6/src/finiteVolume/lnInclude/createPhi.H: In function ‘int main(int, char**)’:
/home/research/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-1.6/src/finiteVolume/lnInclude/createPhi.H:50: error: ‘U’ was not declared in this scope
make: *** [Make/linuxGccDPOpt/calcMassFlow.o] Error 1


Thanks in advance.

maysmech November 7, 2010 09:30

Hi,

I have OF 1.7.0 and Paraview 3.8.0. How can i calculate flow rate of patches?

Anne Lincke December 1, 2011 09:59

[QUOTE=subash;263350]
Quote:

Originally Posted by philippose (Post 185787)




Hi philippose

I tried to compile(wmake) the file that you had attached but it throws me the following error, can you help me with this


SOURCE=calcMassFlow.C ; g++ -m32 -Dlinux -DWM_DP -Wall -Wno-strict-aliasing -Wextra -Wno-unused-parameter -Wold-style-cast -O3 -DNoRepository -ftemplate-depth-40 -I/home/research/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-1.6/src/finiteVolume/lnInclude -I/home/research/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-1.6/src/meshTools/lnInclude -IlnInclude -I. -I/home/research/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-1.6/src/OpenFOAM/lnInclude -I/home/research/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-1.6/src/OSspecific/POSIX/lnInclude -fPIC -c $SOURCE -o Make/linuxGccDPOpt/calcMassFlow.o
In file included from calcMassFlow.C:198:
/home/research/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-1.6/src/finiteVolume/lnInclude/createPhi.H: In function ‘int main(int, char**)’:
/home/research/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-1.6/src/finiteVolume/lnInclude/createPhi.H:50: error: ‘U’ was not declared in this scope
make: *** [Make/linuxGccDPOpt/calcMassFlow.o] Error 1


Thanks in advance.

I had the same issue and simply inserted

HTML Code:

        IOobject Uheader
        (
            "U",
            runTime.timeName(),
            mesh,
            IOobject::MUST_READ
        );
 Info<< "    Reading U" << endl;
            volVectorField U(Uheader, mesh);
            mesh.readUpdate();

This makes the code to read the velocity field from the solution.
Now I have no compiler errors any more.

shinde.gopal February 16, 2012 00:39

mass flow calculation in OF 1.6
 
Hi Foamers,

I need your help in calculating the mass flow rate in OF 1.6 at the boundary patches.
Plz help.

with rgds,
-Gopal.

Anne Lincke February 16, 2012 04:21

Hey Gopal,
have you tried the utility 'calcMassFlow' yet?

shinde.gopal February 17, 2012 08:10

I have tried the CalcMassFlow utility. It requires compilation of the utility. I am finding it difficult to compile as it is written for the older versions (1.2 or 1.3) I guess. I am using v1.6 for my calculations.

It will help me a lot if somebody can guide me thru.

thanks.

-Gopal.

Anne Lincke February 20, 2012 04:14

Try these instructions

Quote:

1. Unzip the file "calcMassFlow.zip" to the folder: [home]/OpenFOAM/[username]-[OFVersion]/applications

2. Go into the created folder "calcMassFlow"

3. type "wmake"

4. The utility compiles, and installs the executable file in the folder:
[home]/OpenFOAM/[username]-[OFVersion]/applications/bin/linuxGCC4DOpt

The above four steps basically complete the compilation / installation of the utility.

To use it... you need to do the following:

1. In the folder "calcMassFlow" mentioned earlier, there is a sample "calcMassFlowDict" file.... copy this file into the "system" folder of your case.

2. Modify the entries under "patchNames" to the names of the patches through which you want to calculate the massflow.

3. Optionally, you can uncomment the "rho" line, and specify the density of the medium you simulated, in case you want the massflow in units "kg/s" instead of "m^3/s"

4. Go to the root folder of your case, and as usual, type:
calcMassFlow <root> <case> [-time t]

And if you occur any problems, then post the output error.
Be more specific about your problems, otherwise we cannot help you.

shinde.gopal February 20, 2012 08:29

1 Attachment(s)
Hi Anne,

Thanks for the reply.
I have followed the steps. But still there are lot of errors. Plz see the attached log file.

with rgds,
-Gopal.

Anne Lincke February 20, 2012 08:47

Okay. Basically the first error is the most important.
The compiler does not find the file fvCFD.H
Which version are you using exactly?

Please check if there is the file fvCFD.H in OpenFOAM-1.6/src/finiteVolume/lnInclude.


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