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Old   September 13, 2015, 13:51
Default How to plot drag and lift coeffs.
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I used icoFoam to simulate flow around a cylinder for Re=100. (U=1 D=1 rho=1 and nu=.01)
I add some lines to my control dict to calculate the drag and lift coeffs.

type forceCoeffs;
functionObjectLibs ( "" );
outputControl timeStep;
outputInterval 1;
pName p;
UName U;
rhoName rhoInf;
log true;
rhoInf 1;
CofR ( 0 0 0 );
liftDir (0 1 0);
dragDir ( 1 0 0 );
pitchAxis ( 0 0 0 );
magUInf 1;
lRef 1;
Aref 1;
finally I had a forceCoeffs.dat file in postProcessing folder.
My main question is how to plot cd and cl data (16000 data) to have something like the attached picture.
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Old   September 29, 2015, 19:29
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There is an OpenFOAM function which you can use called 'foamMonitor', you should try it out. I usually use it to check if the results are going the way I expect them to be. After that I use python to properly generate my graphs.
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Old   October 7, 2015, 13:25
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I saw that you sent me a private message, but i will answer it here so other people can see it too.

So as you pointed out, you've got your forceCoeffs.dat
To use the foamMonitor, just go in the terminal and write:

foamMonitor ./postProcessing/0/forceCoeffs.dat
This code may vary depending on the location of your forceCoeffs file. One of the problems that you might have is that the y axis range might be to wide, so you cant see the results properly. For that, you might try:

foamMonitor -yrange [0:1.5] ./postProcessing/0/forceCoeffs.dat
Here you can find out more about foamMonitor:
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