Measuring wall shear stress in bend pipe
My geometry is a bifurcation and on of the vessel is bent. I want to measure the wall shear stress along the bent vessel. The wall shear stress is already calculated. I only find a way to measure the wall shear stress along the straight pipe but no idea how to do it in bent pipe.
Any hind would be helpful. Cheers! 
You can use the utility wallShearStress.

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I think wallShearStress utility is for turbulent flow. My case is laminar flow and I want to plot the wall shear stress along the pipe. My code is to find laminar flow but don't know how to measure it. Thanks for the hind anyway. 
Of course you can still use that utility. I suppose it reads turbulenceProperties or RASProperties. You set it to laminar there. Otherwise you make your own version of the wallShearStress utility and update it for laminar flow. I think the first method will work, since the RASModels have a dummy laminar model included.

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I think this utility needs some modifications because it computes wall traction instead of wall shear stress, right? 
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What modification have you done to measure the wall shear stress ? Thanks 
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I will try it later today. However, i still don't understand how to plot wall shear stress along a bent pipe. Have you got any idea for that? Thanks 
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In many solvers such as FLUENT and OpenFOAM wall traction is considered as wall shear stress and I don't know why! If we assume T as stress tensor and n as unit normal vector of desired face we have: t= T.n ; t= traction (force vector exerted to desired face per unit area); the utility compute this, but we want: shear stress= t  (t.n)n ;which shear stress is tangential vector here. Bests, 
Can any one tell me the difference between wallShearStress and the definition?
For newtonian flow the wall shear stress is defined as mu*du/dy which is proportional to the normal velocity gradient to the wall But in wallShearStress it is defined: wallShearStress.boundaryField()[patchi] = ( mesh.Sf().boundaryField()[patchi] /mesh.magSf().boundaryField()[patchi] ) & Reff.boundaryField()[patchi];  What does this code mean? why it calculated wall shear stress ? In wallGradU: The velocity gradient is defined as wallGradU.boundaryField()[patchi] = U.boundaryField()[patchi].snGrad();  This makes sense to me. And mu*wallGradU is the definition one. Can anyone explain? 
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Thanks for your reply. To my knowledge, the wall shear stress is mu*velocity gradient. In the code of wallShearStress: mesh.Sf().boundaryField()[patchi] /mesh.magSf().boundaryField()[patchi] Do you mean this is the T(stress tensor)? Why the say shear stress = t(t.n)n ? If T is the shear tensor, isn't T's normal component T.n already the shear stress? I am confused here. 
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T is stress tensor and n is unit normal vector, according to openFOAM definitions: Code:
n=mesh.Sf().boundaryField()[patchi] / mesh.magSf().boundaryField()[patchi] Code:
T=Reff.boundaryField()[patchi] Code:
wallShearStress.boundaryField()[patchi] = Code:
shear stress= t  (t.n)n 
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Thanks for the reply. I found that the tangetient component of traction tensor is t(t.n)n as you decribed. For the code stuff: Is this the right thing: forAll(real_wall_shear_stress.boundaryField(),patc hi) { wallShearStress.boundaryField()[patchi] = ( mesh.Sf().boundaryField()[patchi] /mesh.magSf().boundaryField()[patchi] ) & Reff.boundaryField()[patchi];[/CODE] real_wall_shear_stress.boundaryField()[patchi]= wallShearStress(wallShearStress&(mesh.Sf().boundaryField()[patchi] /mesh.magSf().boundaryField()[patchi]))&(mesh.Sf().boundaryField()[patchi]/mesh.magSf().boundaryField()[patchi]) } the right results since mesh.Sf().boundaryField()[patchi] /mesh.magSf().boundaryField()[patchi] is the "n" Please let me know if there is something wrong. Btw, why the tangential component of t is not t&n but t(t&n)&n ? Thanks again! 
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First of all: I'm not sure that inner product is overloaded for 2 variables which one of them is scalar and another is vector, so it's better to use: Code:
t(t&n)n Code:
t(t&n)n Code:
volTensorField gradU=fvc::grad(U); Obviously, you can change some part to use other stress tensor objects. Bests, 
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Thanks for the correction. This code works however the results are a little bit different from it should be in my case. After a little bit research. I found that the definition of Shear tensor is T=2*mu*(gamma_hat)*D where D=1/2(gradU+gradU.T()). gamma_hat is shear rate. For newtonian case , mu is independent of gamma_hat, for nonNewtonian case, mu is a function of gamma_hat. gamma_hat=sqrt(2.0)*mag(symm(gradU)) for Newtonian case. In your code, I found "volTensorField T=mu*(gradU+gradU.T())" and there is a difference in gamma_hat(shear rate) term. Did you miss it or I did something wrong( please correct me if I am wrong). Cheers! 
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Thanks for the correction. I misunderstood the definition. I try to finer my mesh and see what happened next. Regards 
Dear Amir,
I tried and your code to get some wall shear stress plots. In published paper, they normally define wall shear stress as the way you did. After some comparison, I found that my wall shear stress is quite low than what they did on paper. There are still more than 20% difference between my plots and their plots after I multiple a factor to my plots. Have you got any experience with these kind of problem? I am stuck with it for quite a while. From the other method:The plots are totally different. Do you have any idea with this? Any idea would be appreciated:) Thanks 
thx u very much. it helps a lot.

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First of all, note that this relation for shear stress we discussed about is valid just for incompressible flow; for compressible cases, another term should be added. As you know, in many papers, wall traction is reported instead of wall shear stress, so I suggest you check OpenFOAM utility without changes and see what will happen. Ensure you have reached grid independence solution by examining wall shear stress of boundaries. Another suggestion; there is another utility for evaluating velocity gradient @ boundaries (wallGradU), obviously it can compute grad(U) more precisely which you can also use that in your code. Also try high order schemes for gradient and others. Bests, 
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Can you tell me how to measure the wall shear stress? I'm confused why my wall shear stress is zero and only a tiny part in inlet is nonzero I am modelling a 3D laminar straight pipe flow by using star ccm 
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