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Zaktatir February 9, 2011 05:30

Cell Reynolds number in Multiphase
How can i find the cell Reynolds Number in multiphase problems.

I need that number ( Reynolds Number) in order to calculate the interfacial friction coefficient (free surface flows)

Thanks Jessica

ghorrocks February 9, 2011 06:37

Simply define a user variable with the definition of Cell Reynolds number in it. You can do this in CFD-Post providing you included enough variables in your output file.

Zaktatir February 9, 2011 06:59

i don t need this in post.. i need it in CFX PRE in order to calculate locally this friction coefficient.

ghorrocks February 9, 2011 19:24

It will work in the solver as well. What do you want to do with it? Look at it in the results file or use it to calculate some flow thing?

Zaktatir February 10, 2011 04:34

Please how shall i write it in piece of which hydraulic diameter? I need this as said already two times before, to calculate the friction coefficient on the interphase. My Problem is this hydraulic diameter pr any specific length .

By means oh that coefficient i can furthermore estimate the drag coeffcient for the mixture model.

ghorrocks February 10, 2011 05:13

There is no universal definition of cell Reynolds number. Also, cell Reynolds number is usually used to assess the accuracy of numerical schemes (ie Peclet number) so I have no idea why you are trying to use it for a physical model.

Zaktatir February 10, 2011 05:20

then i need any kind of Reynlods number forget about the cell one.

ghorrocks February 10, 2011 07:01

I think you need to read up about Reynolds Number. Time to get out the Fluid Mechanics textbook, or even wikipedia.

Zaktatir February 10, 2011 07:52

??? i am only asking.. do you think i dunno the definition of the Reynolds number.

I am making my Phd MR know better than you..

I am discovering that if you don t have a reply to a question you start to think that the others are beginners or something...

thanks for your reply, however.

Jessica: Engineer at RWE Power.

ghorrocks February 10, 2011 18:07


Anyway, Reynolds number is simply Density*Velocity*Length/Viscosity. You can use any definition of density, velocity, length and viscosity you like. For flow over a cylinder taking the diameter as the length scale and the free stream velocity as the velocity makes sense. For flow over a plate, a length scale of the length along the plate makes sense.

So there is no universal definition of Reynolds number. It has to be defined in context with what you are doing. And comparisons of Reynolds number where the definitions are different is meaningless.

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