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I'm trying to find out the drag coefficient of a simple cylinder, the results are showing wrong, can you please look into the give data and let me know how to find the Drag coeff of the cylinder ?with accurate results!

Question asked by Naga Gopal on Jun 19, 2019

Model: 1

Size: Dia 127x650 mm.

Wind Velocity in X Direction = 47M/S

 3d image of the particular Model 127mm Diameter of the vertical cylinder, height 650mm

Input data given : General Settings

Analysis type – External

Fluids: AIR (Gases)

Flow type: Turbulent

Thermodynamic Parameters:

Parameters - Pressure, Density

Pressure- 1325 Pa

Density 1.2kg/m^3

Velocity Parameters:

Velocity in X Direction: 47 m/s

Velocity in Y Direction: 0 m/s

Velocity in Z Direction: 0 m/s


Computational Domain Size:

                        X, -X

           Y, -Y

     Z, -Z

Study A.     1.58, -1.58

     0.65, -0.65m

1.58, -1.58 m

Study B.     2.22, -2.22m

     0.25, -0.25m

2.22, -2.22m

Goals: Global Goal 

            surface Goal


Applied Equation:

({GG Force (X) 1} *2)/ (1.2*47^2*3.14*0.5*0.127*0.65) (Based on drag coefficient formula)

({SG Force (X) 1} *2)/ (1.2*47^2*3.14*0.5*0.127*0.65)


Standard Values:  Cd – 0.5     (Dvd >6) (Standard Values Reference from IS 875 Part 3)

Standard code IS 875 Link ( ) Page no: 40   Table no:23 


Achieved Values:  

                     Global Goal

        Surface goal

              Cd Value


Cf Value


Study A.   0.81




Study B.   0.81






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