4. Running GENTRA Earth

  1. Introduction

  2. Chapters 2 and 3 explained how to prepare input data for GENTRA using the PHOENICS SATELLITE. This chapter explains how to run GENTRA-EARTH, and where the results of the run can be found.

  3. The GENTRA run
  4. GENTRA is linked in to the standard EARTH executable. To run EARTH from the VR-Environment, click on Run, Solver, then Local solver (Earth).

    Figure 4.1: Running the EARTH Solver

    The usual PHOENICS banner with the CHAM logo will be shown on the screen. If GENTRA is to be called during the run, the GENTRA banner will also be shown. The GENTRA banner contains the version number for your installation of GENTRA.

    GENTRA is called at the beginning of EARTH sweeps. The first call will take place at the user-selected first GENTRA sweep, and subsequent calls with take place according to the user-selected GENTRA sweep frequency.

    In each sweep, GENTRA will track the particles sequentially. Each track is started at its injection position (or at the particle position at the end of the previous time-step, if transient) and tracked until an end-of-track condition is reached. End-of-track events are:-

    (a) The particle has left the domain;

    (b) The particle has hit an obstacle and has been withdrawn;

    (c) The particle has vaporised completely;

    (d) The particle has been trapped in a stagnation region;

    (e) The tracking of the particle has timed out;

    (f) The particle was killed by the user;

    (g) The end of the Eulerian time-step (in a transient problem) has been reached;

    (h) The tracking of the particle was aborted by GENTRA.

  5. Results produced by GENTRA

  6. The information provided by GENTRA falls into the following categories:

    (a) Progress and error information printed on the screen;

    (b) Information in the RESULT file; and

    (c) Information in special data files.

    These three categories are dealt with in the next subsections.

    1. Screen information
    2. During the GENTRA-EARTH run, a message will be written to the screen when the track for a particle starts, and another message will flag the end of the tracking and inform of the particle fate.

      Between the beginning- and end-of-track flags, the following information is provided on the screen:

      Error and warning messages are also routed by GENTRA to the screen.

      All the output described in this section can be re-directed to a file; see Chapter 5 and Section C.3 for details.

    3. The RESULT file
    4. GENTRA itself does not print any information in the RESULT file; but the following PHOENICS quantities (provided by EARTH) are related to GENTRA calculations:

      (a) The values of MOMX, MOMY, MOMZ are the interphase sources of momentum for each cell;

      (b) the values of HEAT are the cell-values of the interphase source of heat for heat-exchanging particles;

      (c) the values of MASS are the cell values of the interphase source of mass for mass-exchanging particles; and

      (d) if the computation of particle cell-residence times is requested by the user, these will be found for each cell under the variable REST.

    5. Special data files
    6. Two special sets of files can be generated by GENTRA: one for the particle trajectories and another for particle histories (see Section 2.9 for details).

An additional global history file may also be created. This file contains data for several particles, which can subsequently be processed to produce individual history and trajectory files. The post-processing is performed using the program UNPACK, which is executed by the command runupk. An example of the use of UNPACK is provided in Appendix K. This is not needed very often, as the Viewer can read the global hisory file directly.

Users with special output needs can easily create their own output by inserting the appropriate FORTRAN coding in GENIUS. Chapter 5 provides further information.


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