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Atella April 9, 2010 10:59

Simple Question Regarding Symmetry Planes
Simple question i hope...

I am looking at the flow around an airfoil and i used a symmetry plane down the centre of the wing in order to reduce computational time.

When it comes to working out the CL of the wing i obtain my z-force using CFX and using CL=L/0.5*rho*v^2*A calculate CL.

My question is what is the area is use? I know it has to be the planform area however as i used a symmetry plane is the area now HALF as the symmetry plane cuts the wing in half, or has the CFD taken this into account and the area is the full plan area.


ghorrocks April 10, 2010 06:40

Symmetry planes have no effect on volume or surface integrals, or global balances or flow rates either for that matter. So if you use the area()@ function it will just be the area of the meshed region, and the force()@ function will just return the force of the meshed region.

Atella April 10, 2010 08:43

Thanks for that, so to work out the force on the whole wing is it 2x the area of the meshed region, considering the meshed region is half a wing.


ghorrocks April 11, 2010 06:44

Yes, you would have to double the force reported.

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