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Old   March 16, 2016, 06:04
Default Adding new parameters and auto fill them in the constructor
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Hello OpenFOAM users,

I've got a question on some coding I did recently and what I haven't been able to get to work yet.

In our team we are doing a simulation of particles moving in a solution through a tube. We reworked one of the lagrangian solvers (I'm afraid I cannot tell you which one it is atm, but that doesn't go into account too much) and implemented a dielectrophoretic force, that eventually stops the particles moving in the solution.

So far everything goes fine, the particles really stop moving at the desired point, but now I want to implement a little if query that makes the solver stop trying to move the particle, when it hasn't moved for the last 3 steps. Therefore i could reduce the amount of calculation needed for the simulation.

So I did the following:
in the src/lagrangian/basic/particle library I added in particle.H in


        // Public data

            typedef CloudType cloudType;

            //- Flag to switch processor
            bool switchProcessor;

            //- Flag to indicate whether to keep particle (false = delete)
            bool keepParticle;
the following line:

//- Flag to stop particle from moving without deleting
        bool moveParticle;
and in the protected data I added

//- List of last 3 positions
    FixedList<scalar, 3> positionHistory_;
The idea of the list is, to save the last 3 positions of the particle and when the difference of the positions becomes smaller then a certain moving tolerance, the "moveParticle" flag should be turned to false.

In the particle.C file I added in every constructor:
cause the particles should be initialised with an empty positionHistory.

When I try to compile this, i get the output:

particle/particle.C:68:2: error: expected ) before numeric constant

But even if I put brackets around the scalars nothing changes on the error message.

Thats been a lot of text so far, but I hope you will be able to help me.

Greetings BD
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Old   March 16, 2016, 15:12
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Does your version of code have:

        //- Construct from value
        inline FixedList(const T&);
If so, you can just use one 0.0. i.e. positionHistory_(0.0). Or if there's a constructor that converts from UList<T>, then you can use a vector: positionHistory_(vector::ZERO).

I don't know of any easy way to initialise a list in one line. atomicWeights.C does something like this, though. You could also create a static function that returns a fixedList with 0.0 set for all elements, and call that in the constructor initialisation list for each constructor.
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