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March 24, 2011, 15:46
manifold to many small channel design
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I'm designing a manifold for a device similar to a heat exchanger consisting of many small channels, about 300-3000 depending on the scale of the device and whether I decide upon a symmetrical design or not.

Currently I am attempting to mesh the channels with sweep then use an unstructured mesh on the manifolds. This is OK but I cannot figure out how to make the mesh connections 1:1. I am importing a solidworks assembly into CFX-mesh so I have separate 3D regions to mesh. I am unsure of which feature will force the mesh to be 1:1 and uncertain whether an assembly is the most appropriate method to import this geometry.

Also, I have a gut feel the design of the inlet side manifold is much more important than the outlet manifold. I'd like to do some work where I model only the manifold, and each channel is a 2-D region where the pressure on that face is a function of the flux through that region. How can I easily set this up for 300-3000 regions?!
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 March 24, 2011, 16:26 #2 New Member   Join Date: Dec 2010 Posts: 26 Rep Power: 8 It just occured to me that the gaps between the channels probably don't matter much since there are so many channels, on a big scale that surface might behave quite similar to a porous sheet. Does anybody have any opinion on modelling the surface where the channels begin as a porous sheet with an appropriate pressure drop per flux?

 March 24, 2011, 21:36 #3 Super Moderator   Glenn Horrocks Join Date: Mar 2009 Location: Sydney, Australia Posts: 13,535 Rep Power: 104 Exactly. So get the resistance of the structure - either experimentally or with a CFD simulation of a single channel, then apply that to the big model as a resistance. You might consider an anisotropic resistance in this case as it looks different in the X and Y directions.

 March 31, 2011, 16:54 #4 New Member   Join Date: Dec 2010 Posts: 26 Rep Power: 8 I have this working fairly well, though I have to use the non physical expert parameter 1 for porous cs discretization to make it converge - I'm not sure what impact that will have on my solution. Now I'm wondering how to evaluate the flow distribution through the porous interface quantitatively. Is there anything like a variance function built in? How could I enter this manually in an expression?

 April 1, 2011, 05:06 #5 Super Moderator   Glenn Horrocks Join Date: Mar 2009 Location: Sydney, Australia Posts: 13,535 Rep Power: 104 By variance do you mean statistical variance? No, that is not built in.

 April 1, 2011, 12:55 #6 New Member   Join Date: Dec 2010 Posts: 26 Rep Power: 8 Is there a better way to quantitatively evaluate flow distribution? How can I enter something like statistical variance? I'm not familiar with the fortran features if those are required, I know I need something like an expression: sum over all locations of (Velocity w(some location)-areaAve(Velocity w )@Domain Interface 1 Side 1)^2

 April 3, 2011, 06:56 #7 Super Moderator   Glenn Horrocks Join Date: Mar 2009 Location: Sydney, Australia Posts: 13,535 Rep Power: 104 You should be able to write this as a CEL expression - and it looks like you have just about done it yourself. Are you able to get it working from there? What is your question?

 April 4, 2011, 15:12 #8 New Member   Join Date: Dec 2010 Posts: 26 Rep Power: 8 I'm not sure how to sum over all locations in CEL or how to specify the arbitrary location to evaluate velocity w for any given part of that sum.

 April 4, 2011, 19:15 #9 Super Moderator   Glenn Horrocks Join Date: Mar 2009 Location: Sydney, Australia Posts: 13,535 Rep Power: 104 What do you mean by sum? Do you mean integrate - there are functions to do that. Do you mean sum - again, functions to do that. Or simply add a few cases together - well that is simply addition. Read the CFX CEL reference guide for available commands and functions. I think everything you want will be in there.

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