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0002652OpenFOAMFeaturepublic2017-10-27 17:07
Assigned Tohenry 
PrioritynormalSeverityminorReproducibilityhave not tried
Product Versiondev 
Target VersionFixed in Version 
Summary0002652: Feature idea: Function object to calculate boundary layer thickness
DescriptionIt would be interesting to be able to see the distribution of boundary layer thickness over patches. Potential input specification

    type boundaryLayerThickness;
    U U;
    magUInf 1.0;
    velocityFraction 0.99; // use delta_99 criteria
    patches (); // use all walls by default?

Is there an existing function object that does something similar, which could be easily adapted?
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henry (manager)

Can you contribute such a functionObject?


petebachant (reporter)

Sure, I can work on it. Any tips on a good functionObject to start with, or a snippet of existing code that interrogates a quantity marching normal to a face?


wyldckat (updater)

@petebachant: If the layer is only as thick as the cells near the wall: https://github.com/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-5.x/tree/master/src/functionObjects/field/yPlus

 - Then take a look at how 'yPlus' is calculated on the turbulence models.

If the layer is larger than the cells, I know that 'boundaryFoam' works for a single column of cells: https://github.com/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-5.x/tree/master/applications/solvers/incompressible/boundaryFoam

For a general approach... I don't remember anything that already does this, but the following come to mind:

 - The kOmega, DES and IDDES turbulence models come to mind: https://github.com/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-5.x/tree/master/src/TurbulenceModels/turbulenceModels/LES

 - The utility 'applyBoundaryLayer': https://github.com/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-5.x/tree/master/applications/utilities/preProcessing/applyBoundaryLayer

   - You should find a few adaptations of his utility on the CFD-Online forums.

 - Anything that uses 'wall distance', e.g. see the report #968: https://bugs.openfoam.org/view.php?id=968


petebachant (reporter)

Thanks for the tips Bruno!


henry (manager)

Please re-open when the contribution is ready.

-Issue History
Date Modified Username Field Change
2017-08-05 20:00 petebachant New Issue
2017-08-05 20:30 henry Note Added: 0008519
2017-08-05 22:21 petebachant Note Added: 0008520
2017-08-05 22:34 wyldckat Note Added: 0008521
2017-08-05 23:24 petebachant Note Added: 0008522
2017-10-27 17:07 henry Assigned To => henry
2017-10-27 17:07 henry Status new => closed
2017-10-27 17:07 henry Resolution open => suspended
2017-10-27 17:07 henry Note Added: 0008948
+Issue History