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The channelflow utilities are stand-alone command-line programs that are run from the Unix shell. You can get brief built-in help information on each utility by running it with a -h or –help option. For example, running “couette –help” produces
gibson@akbar$ couette --help couette : integrate an initial condition and save velocity fields to disk.
options : -T0 --T0 <real> default == 0 start time -T1 --T1 <real> default == 100 end time -vdt --variabledt adjust dt for CFL -dt --dt <real> default == 0.03125 timestep -dtmin --dtmin <real> default == 0.001 minimum time step -dtmax --dtmax <real> default == 0.05 maximum time step -dT --dT <real> default == 1 save interval -CFLmin --CFLmin <real> default == 0.4 minimum CFL number -CFLmax --CFLmax <real> default == 0.6 maximum CFL number -ts --timestepping <string> default == sbdf3 timestepping algorithm ... -p --pressure print pressure grad <flowfield> (trailing arg 1) initial condition
The built-in help gives a brief description of each utility's purpose
and a list of its command-line options and arguments. Channelflow utilities are invoked at the command line with syntax like
utility -opt1 value -opt2 value -flag1 arg3 arg2 arg1
couette -T0 0 -T1 -vdt -dt 0.02 -ts sbdf4 u0.ff
-opt1 value) are used to reset default values
of parameters. For options, the first two columns in the built-in
help give the short and long form of the option (e.g.
–timestepping), the third column indicates the type of parameter
real, int, bool, string), and the fourth gives the
the default value. For example,
couette -dt 0.02 -ts cnab2 sets
the time stepping method to 2nd order Crank-Nicolson Adams-Bashforth
“Flags” simply turn on boolean options that would otherwise be set
to false. For example, calling
couette -vdt turns on variable-dt
timestepping, which adjusts dt at fixed intervals to keep the CFL
number within bounds. For flags the third and fourth columns of
built-in help are left blank.
“Arguments” always come after all options and flags. Arguments usually
specify the filenames of binary velocity fields that the utility will
load and operate on. Most channelflow programs have one required
couette u0.ff) some two (e.g.
L2Dist u0.ff u2.ff).
Others take a variable number of arguments (e.g.
makebasis u0 u1 u).
Unfortunately it's difficult to document variable-number arguments
properly in the four-column option system, so variable-number arguments
are usually documented with a “usage:” line right after the description
of the utility's purpose.
So, as you read work through the Example Calculations, you can run the
suggested command with a
–help option to clarify what the
options are doing and what other options are possible.