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tcassey October 3, 2009 12:45

Simulation of Computing Data Centre
Hi, I am a relatively new user of openFoam and I am currently trying to use the software to create a simulation of air flow within a computing data centre.

Currently my data centre contains computing units and air conditioning units and ideally I would like to be able to calculate the temperature on the boundaries corresponding to the computing units air inlet regions. However, when using the bouyantSimpleFoam solver and specifying "type calculated;" within the T boundary condition file for the inlets I results in an error. Is there any way of calculating values for these boundary regions?

Thanks for you help in this matter,


tcassey October 5, 2009 08:06

Phrased another way is it possible to calculate the temperature on a boundary, and if so how?

richpaj October 7, 2009 00:00

What bcs would you propose for the enthalpy field h? In "thermo" the
boundary types for T are copied into those for h (cf. hThermo.C)
and the latter field requires suitable boundary conditions to enable a solution to be generated for the hEqn.


Richard K.

tcassey October 7, 2009 05:19

Hi Richard,

Thanks for your reply, after some more stumbling around through the documentation and other sources I think using zeroGradient will achieve what I am after.



anthropoy October 5, 2010 11:59

Hi Tom,

Did you have any success in modelling the data centre using OpenFoam? Were you able to set all the boundary conditions correctly?


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