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shreesha87 October 11, 2013 12:24

Heat Transfer Coefficient of water
 
Hi everyone

I am doing a conjugate heat transfer (CHT) analysis where I have a solid body being cooled by a jacket which has water passing through it. The inlet velocity of the water is 0.832 m/sec and the inlet temperature is 17 deg C. There is a certain heat load of 1.7 kW on the surface of the solid body.

After solving, CFX tells me that the heat transfer coefficient of water on the fluid-solid interface side 2 (Fluid domain) is around 12000 W/m^2K.

Is this value realistic for water?

Shreesha

evcelica October 11, 2013 16:16

That heat transfer coefficient is using the adjacent wall temperature for the fluid temperature, not you standard engineering "bulk" temperature, so the values are not comparable, and will also depend on your mesh size since that influences the "adjacent wall" temperature.
CFX htc = HeatFlux / (Twall - Tadjacent)
Standard htc = HeatFlux / (Twall - Tbulk)
There are options to change this, or easier, just write your own expression to find the htc.

shreesha87 October 11, 2013 22:07

Hi Evcelica

Thanks a lot for the reply. Actually, I tried to get the htc based on the bulk temperature via the expert parameter in CFX. But, in that case, the heat transfer coefficient ranged from -15000 to 30000 W/m^2 K. I am not sure why it calculated negative values since it doesn't make sense right?


Thanks
Shreesha

ghorrocks October 12, 2013 06:42

I would have a look at your HTC (using a sensible reference temperature) to see if it is realistic. I would then do a sensitivity analysis to see if it is accurate. I suspect the results you have so far are not accurate.

shreesha87 October 12, 2013 17:58

Hi ghorrocks

Thanks a lot for the reply. I took 300 K (27 deg C) as the reference bulk temperature for the htc calculation. This is sensible right?

Also, is this due to the mesh in the boundary layer? Do you suspect that the boundary layer is not accurately modeled?


Thanks
Shreesha

ghorrocks October 13, 2013 01:20

You should define whatever reference temperature makes sense in your simulation -probably the inlet temperature, the initial temperature or something like that.

Inadequate mesh resolution is the most common form of simulation inaccuracy. And it can affect the results anywhere in the simulation, not just the boundary layer.

dingsheng1206 December 3, 2013 20:45

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Originally Posted by shreesha87 (Post 456401)
Hi everyone

I am doing a conjugate heat transfer (CHT) analysis where I have a solid body being cooled by a jacket which has water passing through it. The inlet velocity of the water is 0.832 m/sec and the inlet temperature is 17 deg C. There is a certain heat load of 1.7 kW on the surface of the solid body.

After solving, CFX tells me that the heat transfer coefficient of water on the fluid-solid interface side 2 (Fluid domain) is around 12000 W/m^2K.

Is this value realistic for water?

Shreesha

dear shreesha, sorry to trouble you. at present i am doing the conjugate heat transfer simulation using CFX like you.
In my model, the temperatuire for air should be up and the temp. for cooling water should be down. Detailed desciption can be found in my thread that i have posted a thread in the forum, http://www.cfd-online.com/Forums/cfx...-problems.html
could you tell me how you defined heat transfer between solid and fluid in you CFX analysis? just to apply Domain Interface and Conservative Interface FLUX is enough? do i have to do it with Interface model Thermal Contact Resistance or Thin Material?

your reply will be appreciated.

ghorrocks December 3, 2013 21:04

You will get heat flow between the solid and fluid domains when you use the default Conservative Interface flux model on the interface. The Thermal contact resistance model will add thermal contact resistance to the interface if that is relevant. A thin material will disconnect the two domains and not allow heat transfer.

dingsheng1206 December 3, 2013 22:27

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Originally Posted by ghorrocks (Post 464680)
You will get heat flow between the solid and fluid domains when you use the default Conservative Interface flux model on the interface. The Thermal contact resistance model will add thermal contact resistance to the interface if that is relevant. A thin material will disconnect the two domains and not allow heat transfer.

dear ghorrocks, following you instructions, i have just applied Conservative Interface Flux in CFX but without interface model, and eventually it worked that the outlet air temperature is coming down and that for water is up.
but i have another question for you. when i changed the mass flow rate for water inlet (from 0.15kg/s to 0.3kg/s) toghet with other settings kept unchanged, the simulation result was hardly affected. i can see the outlet air temperature and outlet water temperature remained the same.
I am confused, could you give me some explaination or help me how to handle it? thank you !

ghorrocks December 3, 2013 22:43

You often have to use a solid time scale factor in steady state simulations to accelerate convergence in solid regions. If you are not using this parameter convergence can take forever and it can seem like nothing is happening after you make the the change.

But if you look at the post processing you should see that the change has started and is flowing through the domain. It just has not reached the exit yet and certainly has not achieved steady state.

dingsheng1206 December 3, 2013 23:15

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Originally Posted by ghorrocks (Post 464687)
You often have to use a solid time scale factor in steady state simulations to accelerate convergence in solid regions. If you are not using this parameter convergence can take forever and it can seem like nothing is happening after you make the the change.

But if you look at the post processing you should see that the change has started and is flowing through the domain. It just has not reached the exit yet and certainly has not achieved steady state.

dear ghorrocks, in the CHT simulation done in CFX, Solid Timescale Factor was applied that was set to 60, and it converged normally when it RMS residuals became less than 1e-4.

so where do i have to reset or to pay special attention and restart the simulation?

dingsheng1206 December 3, 2013 23:34

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dear ghorrocks, in the CHT simulation done in CFX, Solid Timescale Factor was applied that was set to 60, and it converged normally when it RMS residuals became less than 1e-4.

so where do i have to reset or to pay special attention and restart the simulation?


Attached are the basic structure, related settings and RMS converging history, hope it can make you understand better that you can help me, thank you!

ghorrocks December 4, 2013 00:27

Did you include imbalances as part of your convergence criterion? This is very important for CHT simulations - residuals are not a reliable guide of convergence for many CHT simulations.

dingsheng1206 December 4, 2013 01:12

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Originally Posted by ghorrocks (Post 464697)
Did you include imbalances as part of your convergence criterion? This is very important for CHT simulations - residuals are not a reliable guide of convergence for many CHT simulations.

dear ghorrocks

sorry i do not know where to set imbalances convergence criterion? it is set in Solver Control/ Equation Class/ Energy ?

thank you!

dingsheng1206 December 4, 2013 02:16

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Did you include imbalances as part of your convergence criterion? This is very important for CHT simulations - residuals are not a reliable guide of convergence for many CHT simulations.

dear ghorrocks.
i can set imbalance as convergence criterion, but i got the imbalance of domain in the monitor.

attached are the imbalance of domain, if there is error with imbalance of domain, how to handle it? many thanks!

ghorrocks December 4, 2013 07:25

Imbalances are just another measure of convergence. If they are not tight enough then you converge tighter. And you should do a sensitivity study to determine how tight you require.


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