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prince_pahariaa May 2, 2012 03:58

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Hey friends

Sorry for big explanation but i cant figure out in short.

I am dealing with very complicated geometry for which i need to perform heat transfer analysis. Detail of geometry is like this.

1) Their is 3 cylindrical capsule inside which heat generation occurs of height 40mm. It is partly filled with powder substance. Heat is mainly generated from this powder solid.

2) To contain these three cylinder, there are 3 holders of height 20mm. Each holders has 4 holes from where coolant can pass through. Holders are solid made up of Aluminium.

3) There is solid Aluminium base which support these three holder. And to support base, there is one guide tube (Al) which run from top to bottom of flow area. There is a plug to tighten the capsule at its place.

I have not considered the thickness of capsule in my analysis. But every other component thickness is considered. All Aluminium part has a heat generation of 0.5W/gm.

Then i made a cylindrical flow area which cover all components. I use split operation to split all solid component from flow area.

Used T/Grid mesh..
I am getting one highly skewed element (<0.97).

My question is am i good to go for fluent part ??
I have an impression that mesh quality should not be more than 0.9.
But i am not able to generate such mesh.

For all the component i can generate hexa mesh. But for cylindrical flow geometry i have to use split operation and i can not use hexa there.

Need any suggestion to improve my geometry
or with this complicated geometry this quality is good..

I am enclosing diagram of my geometry.

I appreciate any help.

-mAx- May 2, 2012 05:07

I don't know TGrid, but in Gambit you can check your quality mesh and see where are skewed cells >>

Did you try to mesh your domain on the fly? I mean you only have one volume?

Far May 2, 2012 06:29

You can use cut cell meshing method in Tgrid. The mesh quality of 0.97 can be ok or bad, depending on if it in important flow region or not.

Are you making surface mesh in gambit and if yes, whats the quality you get for surface mesh?

prince_pahariaa May 2, 2012 08:31

Hello Max
Thanks for replying.

I did try to mesh the volume in single shot but in vain. I have examined the mesh using examine tool only keeping quality type "equisize skew" and switching on "show worst element button". There i was getting worst quality of about 0.99 which i guess is not acceptable.

I have single flow volume but in my problem i have many other components. I meshed them too and export it to fluent. For heat transfer problem i guess i need to mesh that too.. needn't I ?? As heat is generated in wall ??

I excluded the plug part from my geometry and tried mesh. In this case i am getting worst mesh quality of about 0.9 which might be okay. I will try with plug after this attempt.

Let me know if anything you can suggest to make better grid.

Once again

-mAx- May 3, 2012 00:59

in Gambit go to examine mesh, set the lower limit at 0.9 and let the upper at 1.
When you apply, then Gambit will show you all cells which are skewed.
In 95% of cases those cells are generated because of your geometry.
Just check if in the neighbourhood of those cells you have any sharp angle, small edge, etc...
For heat transfer, I don't have any experience, but I believe you can use Shell conduction in Fluent (so no need to modelize any "depth" of your wall). But as I said, I am not experienced in this field

prince_pahariaa May 4, 2012 07:47

Hello Far

Sorry for replying late.
I did not make any surface mesh.. I directly used volume mesh tool.
I did get bad quality mesh in area of interest but there is only one grid which is more than 0.97. Will that be a problem ??

In mean time, i have simplified my geometry a little and get acceptable quality (worst element 0.86). Right now i am trying with it.

How the surface mesh help in improving quality ??
Should i mesh the surface first and then go for volume mesh ??

From my experience (although its very little), i never observe any good improvement in mesh quality by this method. May be i am doing it in wrong way.. I will appreciate if u let me know how it actually help ??

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