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April 26, 2012, 15:10 
Setting mass flow rate profile at an inlet

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I am trying to create a field function at the inlet of a circular pipe rather than just an average value. I want to use the classic: u(r) = 2* Vavg (1(r^2/R^2)) I am not really sure how to go about defining radial position in STAR to define this profile. Thanks 

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April 26, 2012, 15:57 

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Never done this, but I can see two ways: 1) set up a cylindrical coordinate system (Tools>Coordinate Systems) or 2) Just use the relation that r = sqrt(x^2+y^2). your field function will probably be long and ugly but should work. Itll be much more clean if your axis system has its orgin somewhere along the center axis of your pipe 

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Thanks for such a quick reply.
I am trying to set up the spherical coordinate system, as you suggested. It does appear to be an appropriate choice. I am having some trouble determining the coordinates of the center of my pipe, however. I have an imported mesh and cant seem to find the coordinate object properties for my inlet boundary. 

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Used the ruler tool to find some rough coordinates and hopefully ballpark the center of my pipe. Stay tuned.


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Did you not setup the geometry? If you know where the pipe center is, you would not need to use the ruler. 

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I do not think spherical would work. You will have to use cylindrical to get it right. However, I think method two (using sqrt(x^2+y^2)) would be the best bet. 

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Even when using the sqrt approach, you still need to know where the center of your tube is. It's not just x and y, but it would by something like sqrt((xx0)²+(yy0)²). Just imagine, the center coordinates of your tube wouldn't be near the origin but 1000 miles away. What would you put in for x and y?
Anyway, the field function will be less complicated with the coordinate system. You will get the center coordinate by creating a minimum and maximum report for each position x, y and z of your inlet and subtracting minimum from maximum. You can get the normal vector of your inlet boundary as well by creating a surface average report for Area at your inlet boundary. 

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Hello everyone,
Thanks for the support. So my field function now has the following shape: 21.778*2*(1((mag2($$X(@CoordinateSystem("Laboratory.Inlet_Coo rdinates"))) +mag2($$Y(@CoordinateSystem("Laboratory.Inlet_Coor dinates"))))/0.005181)) Where 21.778 is my Vavg and 0.005181 is my R2. When I attempt to run this, I get an error stating " Unable to compute field function MyName on faces of boundary "inlet" Please check that the function is defined there. Am I defining my variables correctly? Thanks. 

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You should be using position or centroid (not sure of difference, if any, for faces) I think this will work: Code:
2*21.778*(1(pow($$Position(@CoordinateSystem("Laboratory.Inlet_Coordinates"))[0],2)+pow($$Position(@CoordinateSystem("Laboratory.Inlet_Coordinates"))[1],2))/0.005181) 

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I may have spoken too soon. I believe I may have been setting the problem up incorrectly. Instead of just a mass flow inlet, should a mass flux style (still under mass flow inlet) inlet be used instead? Choosing this option actually allows for a choice of coordinate system when choosing your field function. If I just use the above equation for a "magnitude" (I tried the other choices as well) coordinate system, I once again get the function undefined here error.
Perhaps someone can explain how STAR defines its functions or flow profiles at an interface like this inlet? I cannot seem to find it in the manual. Just from looking at a regular run, it does seem like there is some sort of flow profile assigned to inlets rather than an averaged mass flux over the surface. Can anyone provide any insight? Thanks again. 

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MentalVacany, for me it looks more like a velocity inlet would be a better choice. Your u(r) equation defines a velocity, no mass flux, right?
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