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Josh July 7, 2010 23:53

Qualitative Observations of Mean Flow Field
Hello all -

I'm running an unsteady simulation in CFX. I know how to extract and average quantitative data, e.g., Cp, in order to study the mean flow field. However, I don't know (nor can I find an explanation of) how to study the mean flow field of an unsteady simulation qualitatively, e.g., produce a contour plot of the average vorticity.

One way, I suppose, would be to find an instantaneous moment that resembles an average. For example, monitor the lift force, then choose an instantaneous moment between the peaks and valleys of the lift fluctuations and use that moment as your "average" flow field for contours, streamlines, etc.

I'm wondering if anyone has any better ideas. All suggestions are welcome and very much appreciated!


ghorrocks July 8, 2010 08:43

If you have the averages of velocities you can calculate derivatives of it and get vorticity from there. Never tried it but hopefully it works. Also have a think about whether the vorticity of an averaged velocity field equals the averaged vorticity - I will leave that one up to you!

Your suggestion sounds like the moving window running average approach I used to a while back to convert a LES simulation into bulk and turbulent velocities. You have to be careful the window is the right size to be big enough to average "turbulence" away, but small enough to leave the "bulk" flow. This is a pretty standard thing in LES modelling.

Josh July 8, 2010 09:43

Hi Glenn -

I like the idea of the moving window running average approach. However, I'm using URANS modelling with the SST and SST-SAS models, not LES (well, you could argue that SST-SAS is a hybrid URANS-LES model, but anyway...)

Is this (moving window running average approach) possible using the CFX post-processor? I hate to ask, but could you refer me to a source that explains how to go about doing this? I understand the basic quantitative theory behind a moving average, but I'm wondering how to plot, say, an averaged velocity contour.


ghorrocks July 8, 2010 18:47

My PhD thesis is where I did this stuff. Have a look in the square piston model, the bit where I do the LES model.

Josh July 9, 2010 16:52

Thanks, Glenn.

For those interested in what he's talking about, refer to section 6.9.6 of his thesis. However, this data is still quantitative. I was hoping there was a way to obtain an average contour of pressure, for example, over time.

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