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Old   November 29, 2012, 11:18
Default Temperature depending on x,y as boundary condition in Steady-state Thermal simulation
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Hi,

I'd like to add a varying temperature distribution depending on the x and y direction as a boundary condition in a steady-state thermal simulation. When I add "Temperature" to the "Steady-State Thermal" folder in the "Setup" step I can only make it dependent from x or y, but not from both. Can anybody tell me whether it is possible to add a 2D temperature distribution? It should be something like T1-x^2-y^2.

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Old   November 29, 2012, 11:47
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Yes using CEL this is possible.
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Old   November 29, 2012, 12:32
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Hi,

I'd like to add a varying temperature distribution depending on the x and y direction as a boundary condition in a steady-state thermal simulation. When I add "Temperature" to the "Steady-State Thermal" folder in the "Setup" step I can only make it dependent from x or y, but not from both. Can anybody tell me whether it is possible to add a 2D temperature distribution? It should be something like T1-x^2-y^2.

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Seems like you're creating your model in Mechanical. This is the forum for CFX. You can do that simulation in CFX using a CEL Expression, as Chris mentioned, and it is quite straightforward.
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Old   December 3, 2012, 06:27
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Hi,

thanks to you both. I first tried to do it in CFX and with the help of CEL, then had some other problems and thought, Steady-state Thermal is designed to do exactly what I want to do. Apparently, it is easier to implement in CFX than in Thermal analysis. I got it running now.

Another question: When I want to know the heat flux at an arbitrary plane, is the one displayed normal to that plane?

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Glad you got it running. I'm not sure I understand your current question. If you define a plane, the heat flux reported will be the heat flux through that plane.
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Yeah, that was my question. Can you also tell me what the difference between heat flux and wall heat flux is, as the heat flux is often "not defined" and I don't understand why.
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Old   December 3, 2012, 12:01
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Heat fluxes come from the solver, they're not calculated by CFD-Post, and I think the results file don't include that field. You can calculate it yourself, though. Just create one variable that calculates the temperature gradient, and another one that does the rest of the calculation (heat flux by conduction, advection, etc).

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