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Old   June 13, 2023, 03:53
Default Heat transfer (conduction) along a thin wall
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I am trying to implement a heat conduction model, in the planar direction of a thin wall. Unfortunately, I cannot mesh the thickness of the wall since the computational requirements would be enormous.

I am using the chtMultiRegionFoam solver (openFOAM v2012). I have a fluid (air) and a solid domain. In the boundary between them I use the turbulentTemperatureCoupledBaffleMixed boundary condition. A thin wall exists at the bottom of both regions (all the other external boundaries are insulated).

A simple schematic of what I want to do is presented here:

Do you think it is possible to implement a heat conduction along the thin wall in openFOAM (without meshing the thickness of wall)? A similar model (Shell Conduction) is available in FLUENT: I was thinking to use the turbulentTemperatureCoupledBaffleMixed bc (just like the boundary between the two domains). Does anyone has implemented this? Is there any other, more appropriate, boundary condition?

Thanks for your time!

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Hello, If you can assume that you simulation is thin that it can be 2D, you can use the empty BC for the thickness walls. Also if it's so thin that you need to consider the thickness and work in 3D you can extrude the mesh in OpenFoam through extrudeMesh utility.

turbulentTemperatureCoupledBaffleMixed is actually so good, you just need to type the heat conduction coefficient between the wall and the air. You can actually check its implementation.
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