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Old   July 17, 2015, 07:33
Default How to get the local coordinate Z via UDF or other way in Fluent
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Hello everyone,

I am trying to simulate the wind flow over a terrain where I need to define the turbulent viscosity via UDF as function of height above the ground.
The problem is that the following UDF give the absolute coordinate z (over the plan z=0) rather than local coordinate (over the ground surface):

#include "udf.h"
#define L -86
#define Ustar 0.4

real x[ND_ND];
real mu_t, z;
return mu_t;

I don't know how I can get the height of the terrain (h) for each iteration at the same x and y position that a given cell centroid along the domain given by C_CENTROID(x,c,t). With that I would intend subtract h from z to get the local coordinate z.
This could not the unique way to get local coordinate z, but I don't know another one.

I would appreciate any suggestion to solve this problem.
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