By importing the tutorial project, a new project will be created for you, and the ‘Workbench’ will open with the prepared tutorial geometry already loaded into the viewer.
To create a new simulation, click on the “+” button next to ‘Simulations’ in the tree or the “Create Simulation” button on the geometry panel.
Select the “Pedestrian Wind Comfort” analysis type and click “CreateSimulation“.
A new simulation tree will be shown
All setup steps that are completed are highlighted with a green check. Steps that require some user input are shown with a red circle. Steps that have a blue circle indicate optional settings.
For this tutorial, a pedestrian wind comfort analysis is automatically chosen
The geometry is automatically assigned to this simulation.
Region of Interest
The region of interest is the area where the simulation will be restricted to.
Here is a brief explanation of the settings that are available:
Disc Radius : The radius of the area that we want to cover
Center point : The center point of the area that we want to simulate
Ground height: The ground height for the wind tunnel for the simulation
North angle: The north angle that will be used in the simulation
The settings for the region of interest can be configured based on the the need for the simulation.
The wind conditions that will be used in the simulation can be set automatically by entering a location for the simulation.
After entering a location, it will show the chosen location and the details of the data that is used. The wind engineering standard that is used and the coordinates of the location is shown.
There is also an option to manually import wind data if available.
After selecting the wind data that will be used for the simulation a wind rose will be generated and it will show the different wind speeds coming from different directions. The number of wind directions can be changed depending on the need of the simulation.
Wind exposures of the different directions can also be modified depending on the terrain.
The blue check button in the top right can be clicked to confirm the wind data that was selected before and will be used in the simulation
Pedestrian Comfort Map
Pedestrian comfort map is used to define at which height the simulation will run. However, the default value will be enough for this simulation
Height above ground: The height where the simulation will run at
Ground: Defines the definition of the ground of the geometry. There is two options:
Ground relative: This option uses assigned faces as reference
Absolute: This option uses the bottom of the region of interest as reference
In Simulation Control, the default values will be enough for the simulation.
Under advanced modelling, surface roughness of selected volumes can be defined and define porous objects in the domain. However for this simulation, it is not necessary to do so.
Under mesh settings, the fineness of the mesh can be selected. The selection is ranged from very coarse to very fine. A coarse mesh will be sufficient for this simulation.
A target size can also be selected to define the minimum size for a cell size. Refinements can also be made if necessary
Now the simulation setup is complete and you’re ready to start your simulation. To begin the simulation, a simulation Run needs to be created. A simulation Run creates a snapshot of the current setup and tries to compute the results based on the snapshot settings.
To create a new Run, click “+” next to Simulation Runs. Name your simulation and click on “Start“.
Computation of the results can take up to a few hours. You’ll be informed via email once your simulation run is finished. Once finished, you’re ready to analyze the results.
When the simulation is finished, click on “Statistical surface solution” down in the simulation run tree (or click “Post-process results” in the run panel) to post-process the simulation results. The integrated online post-processor will open.
Select “Statistical surface solution” and the result of the simulation will be displayed. There is also an option to change different wind comfort criterion in the dialog box in top right.
Congratulations! This concludes this pedestrian wind comfort analysis tutorial.
Last updated: March 27th, 2020
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