Comparing results

Comparing results

Taking two (or more) results & quickly identifying how (& where) their flows differ, is one of the most valuable tasks in CFD & a key part of product development.

Making comparisons can be a very time-consuming process, but we’ve committed to building a suite of tools within AeroCloud, that will let you compare results & derive aero insights, with just a few clicks.

The first tools in the suite are shown below – a customisable, project-wide force summary table & multi-run, force distribution plots

Force summary table

This table offers a convenient way to compare the key metrics from all of your project’s completed runs in one place (without having to click through to each simulation).

Click the “Completed Runs” tab in any of your projects to access the table (see below).

Completed Run Summary Table

Here you can view, sort & filter your results by a number of metrics including forces, moments, date, quality & yaw angle. Just click on the controls at the top of the table to explore.

The configuration of this page is “sticky” & so your chosen metrics & filters will carry over to your next session.

Relative results

In addition, you can designate one of your runs as the project “baseline” (or reference) run & view your other results relative to it.

This quickly reveals the size & direction of the force differences between runs & helps you to spot your winners (& losers) more easily.

Select a single run from the table & click the “Set as baseline” button that appears at the bottom of your screen.

Set a run as baseline

Once set, your baseline result receives a badge & is shown on a yellow background. The metrics for all of the other runs are now shown as relative to that baseline.

Completed runs with baseline set

Your data can still be sorted & filtered whilst a baseline is set.

To designate a different run as your baseline, just select it & click the button, as before.

To unset your chosen baseline (& return to absolute values) simply click cancel in the banner shown just above the force table.

Force comparison plots

The second feature prepares force distribution plots for multiple runs.

Use the tick-boxes beside the run names to select up to 5 runs of interest.

A new dialog will appear at the bottom of the window prompting you to compare them.

Selecting runs for comparison

Clicking compare will overlay a new page containing force distribution graphs for your chosen runs.

By default it will plot cumulative drag, but all of the usual forces (sectional & cumulative) are available.

You can also toggle on/off the background image & select which model you want to show from your chosen runs.

Drag accumulation graph showing multiple runs

See here for more information on how this chart is built, what it represents & how to interpret it.