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Aurelien Thinat November 14, 2013 11:26

Center of Mass / volume
Hi everyone,

I'm trying to add the calculation of the center of mass in the solver InterFoam. I wrote in interFoam.C :


vector CoM = sum(mesh.V()*(alpha1*rho1 + (1-alpha1)*rho2)*mesh.C().internalField())/sum(mesh.V()*(alpha1*rho1+(1-alpha1)*rho2));
So far it compiles correctly but the results are wrong. So I added another vector relative to the center of volume :


vector CoV = sum(mesh.V()*mesh.C().internalField())/sum(mesh.V());
And now it doesn't compile anymore.

I can't see the probleme. If the first line compile, the second should too. Does anyone of you have any idea ?


After some tests it seems the problem is coming from "mesh.C().internalField()". As soon as I use this in the "sum" operator, the dimensions are deleted.
Exemple :
- sum(rho*mesh.V()) -> dimension is kg.
- sum(rho*mesh.V()*mesh.C().internalField() -> dimmensionless.

Is there a way to fix that ?

marupio November 14, 2013 14:50

Try .dimensionedInternalField()

Aurelien Thinat November 15, 2013 04:36

Wonderfull, it works ! Thank you very much.

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