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ezabille December 14, 2010 17:03

shell conduction
hi ;
when i define boundary conditions in wall coupled (fluent 3d scheme)
i saw option shell conduction
i would like to know what is this option
and when i use it?:confused:

ComputerGuy December 14, 2010 19:19

From the following

By default, FLUENT treats walls as zero thickness presenting no thermal resistance to heat transfer across them. If a thickness is specified for walls then the appropriate thermal resistance across the wall thickness is imposed, although conduction is considered in the wall in the normal direction, only. There are applications, however, where conduction in the planar direction of the wall is also important. For these applications, you have two options: you can either mesh the thickness or you can use the shell conduction approach. Shell conduction can be used to model thin sheets without the need to mesh the wall thickness in a preprocessor. When the shell conduction approach is utilized, you have the ability to easily switch on and off conjugate heat transfer on any wall. When you specify a thickness for the wall, a material property, and toggle the Shell Conduction switch in the Wall panel, then during the solution process FLUENT automatically grows a layer of prism cells or hex cells for the wall, depending on the type of face mesh that is utilized.

Shell conduction can be used to account for thermal mass in transient thermal analysis problems such as soaking. It can also be used for multiple junctions and allows heat conduction through the junctions. Shell conduction can be applied on boundary walls as well as internal walls.

The following is a list of limitations for the shell conduction model:
  • Shells cannot be created on non-conformal interfaces.
  • Shell conduction is not available for 2D.
  • Shell conduction is available only when the pressure-based solver is used.
  • Shell conduction cannot be used with the non-premixed or partially- premixed combustion model.
  • When used in conjunction with the Discrete Ordinates (DO) radiation model, shell conducting walls cannot be semi-transparent and it should not be used with the DO/Energy Coupling Method.
  • Shell conducting walls cannot be split or merged. If you need to split or merge a shell conducting wall, you will need to turn off the Shell Conduction option for the wall (in the Wall panel, perform the split or merge operation, and then enable Shell Conduction for the new wall zones.
  • The shell conduction model cannot be used on a wall zone that has been adapted. If you want to perform adaption elsewhere in the computational domain, be sure to use the mask register described in Section 27.11.1. This will ensure that adaption is not performed on the shell conducting wall.
  • Fluxes at the ends of a shell conducting wall are not included in heat balance reports. These fluxes are accounted for correctly in the FLUENT solution, but are not listed in the flux report.

ezabille December 15, 2010 18:42

thank u very much i have a 3d model and for heat trnsfaer
and heat transfear by conduction and radiation
between two volumes there is a coupled wall have athikness
so should i turn on the shell conduction?

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