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Old   March 12, 2011, 16:50
Default Accessing a vector in a volVectorField by cell label
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Given a volVectorField how can I access the vector corresponding to a given cell label? Simple question, but I couldn't figure it out so far. For example I want to access the value of U at a boundary as defined in 0/U how can I do that?

Also as far as I can see the underlying data structure of volVectorField is a linked list, is that correct? I don't understand how the mapping of the cell labels to the physical data such as U and V works.

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Old   March 12, 2011, 17:43
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Good evening

Let me try answering you questions, as I understand them. Accessing an internal value is done as:

label celli(100);
vector uCell = U[celli];
This is the easy part. Knowing the cell label you can directly get the data, as it is always internal.

To access the values on a boundary, you need to get a reference to the boundary field. This is done in the following way:

label patchID = mesh.boundaryMesh().whichPatchID("myBoundaryName");
vectorField & Uw = U.boundaryField()[patchID];
In the above, Uw is a list of velocities which has the same length as the number of faces on that specific boundary. To access the velocity component you can do it in two ways. The first only works on cell level:

scalar u = U[celli].x();
scalar v = U[celli].y();
scalar w = U[celli].z();
and the other method allows you to access the entire field

scalarField u = U.component(0);
scalarField v = U.component(1);
scalarField w = U.component(2);
The latter method does only return the velocity components of the internal values, thus if you need the boundary values merely replace U with Uw in the last expression.

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Old   March 13, 2011, 05:53
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thx a lot for you quick answer
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Old   January 15, 2012, 06:48
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Hi guys,

I am wondering if you can help me on the following problem:

The velocity vector components can be accessed using U.componet(0), U.componet(1), U.componet(2). I intend to add a constant to velocity Y component during the iteration. Initially I tried:

U.component(1) += constant;

The outcome shows that (Obviously) U has not been changed. Is it possible to define constant as a vector and add it to the velocity vector? how should it be written?
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