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Source Term applied in Cell Zone vs. Heat Generation Rate Applied in BCs

    • Cathleen


      I'm modeling a heat exchanger in 2D. It is just fins and fluid channels. See attached picture. In the physical system it has a heat flux applied to the outside wall. I am modeling this via a cell register and a source term applied in the cell zone condtions dialog box. Now, when I get to boundary conditions for the fins there is a heat generation rate of 0 W/m3 auto assigned to those same zones. Does one condition overwrite the other? Or would it be better to restrict the source term to the actual fluid cells and then put a heat generation term on the walls? Thanks!

    • Rob
      Ansys Employee

      The source term is applied to the cells, and heat generation is added into the walls. So, they don't overwrite and you could set both, which may be a bad idea. 

      If you use a source term the fluid temperature will be based on source term and fluid residence time but the amount of energy added is uniform to the region. If you set the wall flux (or generation rate) then wall contact is a factor, so channels with low flow will get warmer. You could also set a source term on the solid parts: you don't say if the baffles are physically thick (ie a solid zone) or thin (just a wall & wall shadow pair). 

      There's not a "best" solution in many cases, it depends on what you want to show in the model. 

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