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Old   August 8, 2016, 04:06
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Dear all,

I am new to OpenFoam and I want to simulate a block which is cooled by convection at a surface and I am interested in the heat conduction in the block. After research, I found the boundary type: convectiveHeatTransfer, after inputting in as patch type and try to run laplacianFoam I got an error. This error stated that the patch type was unknown. After looking into the source code I saw that the patch type is included in the source code, but only in turbulence sections. Is this patchtype on applicable to turbulent flow settings?

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As you can see from the patch it's meant for the compressible RAS simulation were it provides the h.
For your case it is q=ha(Tb-Tf), q=kaDT/Dn => kDT/Dn=h(Tb-Tf)
This is a mixed boundary condition. You need to know h.
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Old   August 9, 2016, 05:35
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Dear Mahdi,

Thanks for your response.

How exactly do I have to apply this boundary?
Because there is only the thermal diffusivity in the constant folder, how could I specify all the constants?

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Hi John,

You can check out my web site where I talk about what you need to learn, I think you may find it useful. Besides that, you can also find a further explanation on what Mahdi says in this document, also located in my web.

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Old   August 11, 2016, 10:48
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I understand there would be a duplicate of thermal diffusivity, both in constant folder and your boundary condition. But usually this is not that big of a hassle to need to develop your own boundary condition for it. Specially if don't have much experience in OF programming.
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