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Old   December 30, 2015, 09:40
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Dear CFX experts,

I simulate a centrifugal pump case using MRF - a transient case. The impeller rotates at 4000 rpm. The calculation completed successfully. I output the torque on the impeller at each time step (torque_z()@impeller). During one revolution, the reported torque_z goes from 0.01 N-m to about -0.01 N-m and increases back to 0.01 N-m. I am wondering why this is the case. Shouldn't torque in Z direction be constant?

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Why should the torque be constant?

You are going to have to look at what it is modelling and try to work out why the torque is changing. Then you can think about whether it is realistic or not.
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HI, Glenn,

It looked like the torque is almost constant because rpm is constant. the origin and rotational axis is offset from the global coordinate, hence, it is wrong to use torque_z() because it references the global coordinate.

I created a local coordinate, called myCoord that fixes on the MRF axis and rotates with the MRF.

Then, in expression, I define torque_z_myCoord()@impeller. Now, I am getting the torque value at each time step almost constant (very small oscillation).

Hope this will help other people running similar cases.

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Obviously you have to align the torque axis with the axis of rotation. You are going to get useless results if you don't do this.

But it is normal for a rotating machine to have torque variations against angle as blades pass stators, wakes move across blades and other similar things. How large these torque variations are vary depending on the type of machine.
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