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Old   April 22, 2016, 10:57
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Hello Community,

sorry for the, I guess, newbie question, but maybe someone can explain the issue in a few words.

I'm trying to simulate the heating of a tool (while air is cooling it). Steady State solution gives me an equilibrium of about 530K from 293K (room temperature). In the first timestep it's already 423K.

Since there is a heat flow of 16W/mm and from experiments I guess it shouldnt take more than 30secs to reach that temperature.

The transient Simulation is supposed to show how hot the tool gets after let's say 2 seconds. The solution though, gives me a heating of about 1,5K after 10s with 0.05s timesteps. I set a minimum of 3 loops per timestep but the residuals are all below 1e-4 after 5 timesteps already.

Any idea what I did wrong? Or is transient not the appropriate type for my examination?

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Old   April 22, 2016, 17:11
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Check all your material properties, and the math of your hand calc. Did you put in specific heat in kJ instead of Joules?
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Old   April 23, 2016, 07:19
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For CHT simulations make sure you use imbalances as a convergence parameter. CHT simulations are famous for having the residuals tightly converged but the imbalances are miles off - and this results in the global parameters like average body temperature being inaccurate. So you need to define convergence to include imbalances as well so these global conservation balances are checked before you declare a time step converged.
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I would use a tighter residual tolerance than (RMS?) 1e-4. For production runs, I would advise using MAX 1e-4, and possibly even 1e-6.
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Old   April 25, 2016, 10:53
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Thank you for your replies!

@Erik:
The transient CFX simulation is all the same as my steady-state. I just changed it to transient and set the initial conditions.


@Glenn:
My imbalances are even better than the steady state ones. All below 0.1% except the P-mass imbalance which was fluctuating between 1 and 4%.

@cfdgremlin:
I can try that but after 150 timesteps the max residuals were below 1e-5.
Shouldn't the solution be closer to reality?
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Old   April 25, 2016, 13:18
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Thank you for your replies!
@Erik:
The transient CFX simulation is all the same as my steady-state. I just changed it to transient and set the initial conditions.
Right, but Specific Heat won't matter in your steady state calculation. It will matter in your transient.
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Old   April 26, 2016, 07:37
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Right, but Specific Heat won't matter in your steady state calculation. It will matter in your transient.
Thank you for your input. I think the problem is solved here.
I had funny values, not for specific heat capacity but for molar mass and density, because I knew these wouldnt matter for my steady state.

Since you said specific heat doesn't matter in a steady state, I was discussing this with my boss and after a thought experiment I was arguing, that once you have multiple solid bodys with differing interface areas and conductivites within a cooling fluid domain, the specific heat would actually matter. I concluded that only when you have one homogenous body being circulated by a fluid the specific heat wouldn't matter.

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For steady state cases without motion (either solid or fluid), the specific heat capacity has not influence on the temperature distribution.

Once time comes into play either by transient, or motion of the body the heat capacity has a strong influence.
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@ Marcel_jay:
Right, specific heat of the solid will not matter in steady state. I meant this for your specific case, since it sounds like you are just modeling one solid body, and not modeling the fluid. There is no solid or fluid motion.

I don't see where specific heat would matter in (an ideal) steady state problem, if there were more than one solid body with differing interface areas and conductivities as you say? But I'm intrigued in how you came up with this?

Opaques answer seems correct in the most general sense to me.
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