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ankurgahlot May 20, 2009 08:43

Modeling Heat Flux using FLUENT
I am trying to model a solar collector (using air as fluid) in FLUENT. Right now I am giving a constant temperature to the collector plate and using that to get the air flow pattern.

I want to make it a bit more realistic and use heat flux in place of the constant temperature. The energy at the earth's surface from the sun is available in solar data. So, I am giving it a heat flux of around 700 w/m2.

But the temperature reached in this case is around 400 - 500 kelvin which is unrealistic.

Currently I am using boussinesq approximation and laminar flow.

What else do I need to include in this ?
Could anybody please help me with this.

laura_c April 18, 2013 03:46

i am experienceing the same problem... but i m using ideal-gas modelling... how did you manage to solve it? thanks

dklastiwka April 20, 2013 10:17

We would need more information to solve the problem. Can you send the model and give the reference for the heat flux of 700 W/m^2?

miguel.soto September 25, 2013 15:14

Iīm dealing with a similar issue as ankurgahlot and laura_c.

My case is a forced convection heat transfer, for an alternator cooling. The alternator heat flux to the surrounding air is 1050 W/m^2, and the upstream air velocity is set as 15m/s. The alternator boundary thermal conditions are set as heat flux (I also considered to set thermal conditions as temperature, but alternatorīs temperature is what iīm trying to know).The solution convergence is acceptable, but the alternators temperature solution is too high, it reaches 5000 K, this value is out of context. The experimental test data shows that the maximum alternator temperature is around 373 K.

does anybody knows what we are doing wrong?

Thanks in advance

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