# Vortex area measurement

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 March 22, 2012, 01:22 Vortex area measurement #1 Member     kiwi Join Date: Mar 2012 Location: South East Asia Posts: 54 Rep Power: 7 Good days to everyone. Recently has a meeting with on board when present a poster, When i point out that the vortex strength is high because the vortex area is large. One of my boss (No cfd field) ask can you measure the vortex area?like measure a rectangular use height times width. I personally think this is impossible to me to measure the vortex area in terms of quatitative,but just want to confirm, can we measure vortex area by calculate using 2*pi*r?

 March 22, 2012, 01:50 #2 Member   Join Date: Mar 2011 Posts: 50 Rep Power: 8 This is not an informed answer. Your english is not very clear but if you are trying to compare several systems using your vortex areas then you can use non-dimensionalized form of radius of vortex. The vortex area also fluctuates with time so I am not sure if a simple pi*r*r would work.

 March 22, 2012, 03:14 #3 Member     kiwi Join Date: Mar 2012 Location: South East Asia Posts: 54 Rep Power: 7 Hi, cdf_user. THank you for your reply. Because in the poster i only show the last time frame, and compare two different geometry at that time point and both geometry show me the different vortex area.but in my picture, there are a lot of vortex line surrounding a vortex ring. I only look at size of vortex ring, then conclude the vortex strength is larger when vortex ring area is larger. the 'strength' of a vortex-tube (also called vortex flux) [2] is the integral of the vorticity across a cross-section of the tube following Helmholtz's theorems. Is my conclusion "vortex strength is larger when vortex ring area is larger." is still valid?

 March 22, 2012, 03:33 #4 Member   Join Date: Mar 2011 Posts: 50 Rep Power: 8 First of all vortex strength is NOT a function of area of the vortex but the curl of the velocity field of the vortex. This is a common sense answer from basic calculus 3 course from curl and divergence chapter. A detailed answer to your question is in the book Vorticity and Vortex dynamics by J.Z. Wu on page 73, chapter 3 vortex kinematics. I am a competitive undergraduate so I have limited knowledge about the vorticity topic. Hope this helps.

 March 22, 2012, 03:36 #5 Member     kiwi Join Date: Mar 2012 Location: South East Asia Posts: 54 Rep Power: 7 Thanks cdf_user. You save my days. Thank you. It solve my problem.

 May 18, 2012, 04:26 #6 New Member   Horst Join Date: Jan 2012 Posts: 19 Rep Power: 7 hey, I also have a little problem with it; I have a 2-D problem and I have to measure the vortex in my geometry ( its a 2D diffuser). Can you give me some hints please?

 May 21, 2012, 03:46 #7 Member   Join Date: Mar 2011 Posts: 50 Rep Power: 8 I am not an expert in this field and I havent even taken the course on vortex dynamics. I refer to the book Vorticity and vortex dynamics by J.Z. Wu for all vorticity related question. The answer to your question is definitely in that book. I currently dont have the book on me since I borrowed it from the library.

 June 13, 2012, 06:17 #8 New Member   Horst Join Date: Jan 2012 Posts: 19 Rep Power: 7 thank you cdf user, well seems i found a way to do it with tecplot; but it dependends on the mesh quality ...

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