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Old   March 14, 2016, 11:45
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Greetings,

I am quite new to StarCCM and I am working with flow in porous media.

One of the quantities of interest is the specific area (m2/m3) of the medium, and I was wondering if I could obtain this by dividing the total surface area of the mesh (which is already defined) by its occupied volume.

In theory this should not be quite accurate since it will not compute the solid volume, only the fluid, but still I would like to know if this is possible and easy to do just to get an idea.



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you should be able to setup reports and field functions to get this. Is it simply the face area / volume of the media?
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you should be able to setup reports and field functions to get this. Is it simply the face area / volume of the media?
Thanks for the answer.

After some thought I'm thinking it should be not the total cell area, but only wall bounded surfaces (wall surface / total volume )

Possibly there should be some function to compute total wall area of a certain region...
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This should be fairly straight forward...

1. Create a new sum report, title it A.
2. Assign Area: Magnitude as your scalar field function.
3. Assign region boundaries that make up your surface area. Make sure to select the interfaces where the porous region/fluid regions meet as well as any frames or walls that bound the outside. (See attachment).
4. Right click report A, select Run... and make sure the value makes sense.
5. Next, create a new sum report and title it V.
6. Assign volume as your scalar field function.
7. Assign your entire porous region as the input part.
8. Again, run the report and make sure the value makes sense.
9. Finally, create a new expression report and rename it specificA.
10. Assign dimensions of L=-1.
11. Define the function as ${AReport}/${VReport}


You can then treat that report like any other... run it, create an annotation, etc...
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Thanks very much!

Just one problem: The volume calculation should be pretty straight-forward, I'm using a cylinder as the boundary, so it's a simple calculation, however when I choose Parts -> Cylinder the computed volume is 0.

Any suggestions?
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are you selecting the part or the region? that can make a difference. make sure you select region boundaries and not part surfaces
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Sorry, not boundaries for volume. Just the region itself. Take a look at my attached image from earlier, it should illustrate the difference.
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