S. S. D. Venkata, D. S. Thompson, and B. K. Soni, "Automated Detection of Features in CFD Datsets," Technical Report MSSU-COE-ERC-01-13, Engineering Research Center, Mississippi State University, December 2001.
Typically, computational fluid dynamic (CFD) solutions produce large amounts of data that can be used for analysis. The enormous amount of data produces new challenges for effective exploration. The prototype system EVITA, based on ranked access of application-specific regions of interest, provides an effective tool for this purpose. Automated feature detection techniques are needed to identify the features in the dataset. Automated techniques for detecting shocks, expansion regions, vortices, separation lines, and attachment lines have already been developed. A new approach for identifying the regions of flow separation is proposed. This technique assumes that each pair of separation and attachment lines has a vortex core associated with it. It is based on the velocity field in the plane perpendicular to the vortex core. The present work describes these methods along with the results obtained.