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Old   July 15, 2011, 13:14
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Hello all,

I'm trying to analyze the boundary layer growth of a fluid near a wall in a simulation that I did with openfoam. The way I'm do that is that I take cross-sectional cuts of the velocity profile and plot the 2d data and look at the 99% value of velocity by eye and record the value.

This is a very inefficient way of doing it, and ideally I'd like to have a script that does that for me automatically. Writing python, C++ or Java programs isn't a problem for me, I just need to know how or where I can get started.
How would I get started doing something like this? Any help, pointers or suggestions are welcome.

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Old   July 16, 2011, 03:12
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Hi Ammar,

You mentioned you're familiar with python, so PyFoam is a nice place to start looking around.
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Old   July 17, 2011, 21:37
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Hi Gijs,

I did look at pyFoam briefly and it seems like a great tool. However I was doing some reading and stumbled upon the sample utility: shouldn't I be able to do this boundary layer analysis just by using the sample utility?
Do you think that's true? I'll try it today and repost.

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Old   July 18, 2011, 02:38
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Hi,
I think what you can do is to use the sample utility or even the approach you mentioned at the start and add same C++ to do exactly what you want. you will find these in: $FOAM/applications/utilities/postProcessing/ dir.

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Hi Gijs,

I did look at pyFoam briefly and it seems like a great tool. However I was doing some reading and stumbled upon the sample utility: shouldn't I be able to do this boundary layer analysis just by using the sample utility?
Do you think that's true? I'll try it today and repost.

-Ammar.
For getting the values you want the sample utilitiy is definitely the tool of choice. But for comparing the results of the different runs PyFoam may help you. Have a look at the pyFoamSamplePlot.py-utility. It allows you to quickly generate the gnuplot-commands to visualize the sample-data. Since the last version it also has the possibility to compare the current case to a reference case, write the data to a format Excel (or others) understand (CSV) and compare the solutions using some simple metrics.

I'm afraid "pyFoamSamplePlot.py --help" is all the documentation you're going to get, but it shouldn't be too hard to figure out how to get all this

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