TAGGED: conjugate-heat-transfer, Mesh-sensitivity
May 25, 2022 at 7:29 pmIrvingSubscriber
I'm simulating a kind of counterflow heat exchanger air-air, which is made up of two different sections and sizes: a trapezoidal duct and a rectangular duct. They are separated by an aluminium flat plate, which is generating heat. The flow enters through a section of the trapezoidal duct and the outlet of the trapezoidal duct is connected to the inlet of the rectangular duct (please see the attached pictures). I'm using a hex mesh with wall treatment. Mesh quality is good: skewness max=0.60817, orthogonal quality min=0.264, aspect ratio max=10.8. The issue is that mesh independence was not achieved. I'm measuring the heat transfer coefficient of the flat plate, but it never stops decreasing as the mesh becomes finer, reaching values close to zero. I've tried with different turbulence models(k-e ETW, SST, and SST Transition) and the results are the same. I also tried transient simulation, but the results were insane. Do you have any suggestions?
Thanks in advance Irving
May 26, 2022 at 12:31 pmNikhil NaraleAnsys EmployeeHello Irving,
Can you please post the images/screenshots directly in the comments section and not attach it? Ansys employees are not allowed to download any attachments.
May 26, 2022 at 5:41 pmRKAnsys EmployeeHi Irving,
When you say, you are refining the mesh, do you have a plot of comparison of values with different mesh sizes?
May 26, 2022 at 7:12 pm
May 27, 2022 at 9:49 amNikhil NaraleAnsys EmployeeHello Irving,
These images won't help us to understand the problem. As Rahul suggested, can you share the plot of HTC with respect to the different mesh count?
Moreover, which method are you using to calculate the HTC?
May 27, 2022 at 3:49 pmIrvingSubscriber
The first image corresponds to HTC average in function of y+. As y+ decreases, so does HTC. On the seccond one, Htc is plot in function of element number.
which method are you using to calculate the HTC? I obtain HTC from the Fluent across the surfacesintegrals: Area-Weighted Average-> Surface Heat Transfer Coef.
I also tried with points scattered along the flat plate.
May 27, 2022 at 7:24 pmRKAnsys EmployeeJust out of curiosity, can you try with poly mesh? You can use Fluent meshing watertight workflow and that should be easy to generate a poly mesh.
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