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Old   July 23, 2014, 12:53
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Hi guys ,
I'm a mechanical engineering masters student having some questions for working on my thesis .
I need some advice on programming languages and software .
First I apologize if I sound like an absolute beginner in such field .

My thesis is based on design of development of ceiling radiant cooling panels model and using it to improve design .

To reach that I should first make allot of calculations for a DOAS system that would end up giving fluid to the CRCP unit . Then after finishing with DOAS system calculations and statistics I would get into the ceiling panel unit in detail.
It's a heat and mass transfer problem on the panel's geometry .

Being an absolute beginner in research field in general and in numerical , cfd and thermal analysis I'm asking you guys which programming language or engineering software should i learn .

I've done allot of search on that and asked people around and I came across opinions saying : learn fortran , learn ansys , learn c , learn python , learn matlab . So I'm not sure where to put my upcoming months effort !
I don't want to dive much into programming for the purpose programming . I only want something to help me with my engineering problem weather in calculation or results representation .

So any experienced opinion would be highly appreciated and very useful to me.
Thanks in advance
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Old   July 26, 2014, 13:31
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Aly, it looks to me that the main topic of your thesis will be the study and the development of this cooling system. So, my question is: why would you develop your own code instead if using an already available one? If you want to be able to see the code instead of using a "blackbox", then openFoam would be the choice.
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Old   August 6, 2014, 11:15
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thank you for your advice
I'm now finishing my system python program for linear analysis of other components and I'll get in hours into the detailed analysis of the radiant panel component .
I'll start first by reading in numerical thermal modeling then dive into work .

I wonder if it would be that hard to write my own code according to the equations of numerical analysis , where I know each piece of code detail.
Or is it too hard and time consuming and I'd better just go for a commercial package like openfoam or ansys , where I wont know how each detail is calculated and yet it would need validation for my model .
I'd be more clear about what I want exactly :
1- My goal is making a reliable mathematical describing behavior of panel where input and output relation are more precise (there isn't an exact model for that
up till now ) . I'm not sure yet what that would be like but i think it would
be something like a state space mathematical model .
2-From the model I construct , I want to come up with a way to increase cooling capacity (performance) of the panel , maybe would be through changing some dimensions or angles of the panel or proposing some changes in design and reconstructing a new model .
3-Verify results that theoretical improvements in performance really apply experimentally.
4-Understand maximum amount of details of this design process to be able to defend my thesis.

Please anyone having experience with the above stated points share your opinions , Thanks in advance .
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