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Tunlu August 18, 2013 20:59

Flow forces
Hi, Everybody !

I would like to request to share me your knowledge !
I am working on flow force acting on a suspended bar by using Fluent.
The flow is perpendicularly targeted (let say Z direction) on a surface of the bar (let say X-Y plane) . I got the results ! When I extracted the flow force acting on that surface in Z direction, there was viscous force.
I would like to know Why? Thank you very much.


flotus1 August 19, 2013 02:15

How high is the contribution of shear forces to the total force?
Are you sure that it is not just a numerical artifact caused by the fact that the normal vector of the face (especially the normal vectors of the cell faces) are never identical with the z-direction?

Tunlu August 20, 2013 07:01

Yes, Flotus1

The percentage of viscous force is about 0.2%. But, I like to see it as totally zero. It may be because of the fact that you said. Normal vector of faces of some element are not identical to the Z axis. Thus, viscous forces on that surface produce components in Z-axis. Right? So, we should not take account that viscous force, Right? Thank you very much, Flotus1.


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