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Contact Resistance Heat Generation – Fluent

    • Rozpruwacz10000
      Subscriber

      Hello,

      I'm looking for a way to simulate cooling process of a circuit breaker. I'm troubled by contact resistance heat generation. I have two parts of electrical elements carrying current that are in contact. There is heat generation in each element, due to a current flow and I know how to eneable it in fluent. I don't know however how to enable some kind of 'surface generation' on the contact, to simulate heat generation by contact resistance. 


      I would much apreciate your help. 

    • DrAmine
      Ansys Employee

      Can you add a sketch of your problem?

    • Rozpruwacz10000
      Subscriber

      Sure, thanks for your reply.


       


      Current of 3000A flows trough this parts. Each of them has a resistance and there is also a contact resistance betwen them that disipates some energy. I was thinking about heat flux condicion on contact but this stiffens the model. 

    • DrAmine
      Ansys Employee
      You can assume a thickness to the wall separating the two bodies and here a resistance in normal direction will be modeled or you use shell on that wall or resolve that wall as a solid and assign proper solid material properties.
    • Rozpruwacz10000
      Subscriber

      Thanks for taking interest in my submition Amine. I'll try using generation to thin wall on contact. 

    • Rozpruwacz10000
      Subscriber

      Could you advise me what turbulent initial conditions should I use?


      Parts that I've sketched are conected to a radiator. Everything is placed in a cylindrical duct with inlet and outlet at atmospheric conditions. I know that the flow is turbulet - I have velocity measurements at the outlet.


      My mesh is 0,9 skewness, with 10 layered inflation aimed to get y+<1. I'm ussing RNG k-epsilon, boussinesq for bouancy, pressure inlet and outlet  and hydraulic diameter plus turbulence intencity at the boundaries. What intencity should i use? I founnd that for fully developed duct flows it should be 5%, but my flow is not developed since duct takes air from atmosphere. Reiduals go down for 600 iterations and then they go up and my other monitors become non-stable.    


       


      Best regards, 


      Wojtek

    • Rozpruwacz10000
      Subscriber

      Ok, it seems that my case is transient so it was a problem with steady solver. I'd still ask you about turbulent initial conditions. 

    • DrAmine
      Ansys Employee

      If you do not know any turbulence quantities stick to medium defaults. Standard turbulence models would recover from overestimated turbulence quantities. Initial conditions for transient run should correspond to real initial state.

    • Rozpruwacz10000
      Subscriber

      Ok, thanks a lot for your help.

    • DrAmine
      Ansys Employee

      Good Luck

    • Rozpruwacz10000
      Subscriber

      If I may trouble you with another question. I'm going to include radiation in my analysis (for learning purposes). Can i always treat pure air as fully transparent medium? If so, what radiation model should i use? I was thinking about S2S model but my geometry is quite complicated, lots of small faces on radiators. I've read that this could significantly increase computational effort when using S2S. Am I wrong? 

    • DrAmine
      Ansys Employee
      Just try s2s and cluster faces to reduce efforts while preprocessing view factors
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