Questions tagged [heat-transfer]

For questions about modeling heat transfer, often through the use of heat (differential) equation.

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How to accelerate the computing of implicit finite difference method for heat conduction between two solids

Edit on May 3rd: I have found the problem. Because the difference of between $k_1$ and $k_2$ is huge, a very small time step need to be chosen so that the right green part can "feel" the ...
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Rosenthal equation for multi track

Rosenthal's equation lets one calculate the temperature profile of a moving point heat source analytically for thin and thick plates. For simplicity I use the equation for thick plates defined as: $$T-...
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How to solve heat equation in spherical coordinates with finite differences?

I have a problem dealing with heat transfer which is spherically symmetrical. I was thinking it should be possible to solve this as a 1d problem in spherical coordinates using the radius only. ...
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Solving geodesics on triangular meshes gives negative distances

I have implemented the heat method for geodesics: https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~kmcrane/Projects/HeatMethod/paperCACM.pdf When I run it I am getting a solution that, visually, seems correct: In this image, ...
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Incorporating heat flux into Laplace Equation

I need to find the temperature distribution of a square plate using the Laplace equation by using FDM: $$ \frac{d^2T}{dx^2} + \frac{d^2T}{dy^2} = 0$$ But there is a heat flux entering from the top ...
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Two-dimensional heat equation with Neumann boundary conditions: any hope to find an analytical solution?

I am looking for references showing how to analytically solve the heat equation with Neumann boundary conditions in two dimensions. So far, I have found the problem solved analytically in one ...
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Heat equation in non-dimensional form behaving differently than in usual format

Starting from $$ c_p \frac{\partial u }{\partial t} = k \nabla^2 u $$ in a one dimensional domain [0,1] where $c_p$ and $k$ are modeling two different materials: $$ k = \begin{cases} 1 ~\text{if} ~x &...
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How to use the Thomas-Algorithm to the Heat-diffusion-equation correctly

My post is structured in four parts: I give you some information about the context my principal questions refer to. I will tell you what I believe to know about the Thomas Algorithm. If I am wrong ...
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Flux sign and face normal confusion in finite volume method

I implemented a solver for the 2D steady-state heat equation (without heat generation and homogeneous material) $\nabla. (k\nabla T) = 0$, using finite volume method, however, I am having some ...
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Incorporating radiation boundary condition at the edge in finite difference

I am trying to solve the 2-d heat equation on a rectangle using finite difference method. I am confused as to how to incorporate non linear radiation boundary condition at the edge. $-k\frac{\partial ...
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Correct approach for thermal finite element simulation of layered assembly

I would like to optimise the heat transfer on a PCB. Several dies are on the top and cooling air is going through the fins in heat sink on the bottom. The assembly consists of several layers like ...
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Solution method of nonlinear heat transfer analysis

The governing equation of transient heat transfer analysis is described as follows: $$C \frac{dT}{dt}+K T = Q$$ When using backward difference scheme for the discretization of the time we get the ...
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Produce vertex displacements from volumetric shrinkage data on unstructured meshes

I was wondering what would be an efficient way to produce compatible displacements for mesh nodes/vertices if the computed data is volume shrinkage of each element/cell in the unstructured mesh? ...
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Lumped matrices in thermal analysis using finite elements

The governing equation of the transient heat transfer problem is $$C \frac{dT}{dt}+K T = Q$$ $C$ is the heat capacity matrix. $K$ is the thermal conductivity matrix. $T$ is the temperature vector. $...
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Simulating the heat equation with insulating material

My plan is to solve the heat equation in the right half portion of the domain, while having the left half completely isolated with constant temperature. To do so, I model the left half with a very low ...
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(FEM) 1D time-dependent heat equation convergence problem

I'm simulating a simple 3-node bar with convection BCs at the edges to validate my FEM code. The following data was used: Initial temperature = 25 ºC Temperature surrounding the rod = 10 ºC Thermal ...
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Heat diffusion - Is this the correct approach to include Newmann boundary conditions?

Thank you for looking at this problem. Is this the correct approach to include neumann boundary conditions? With this solution temperature is not correct, and there´s no diffusion. The model seems ...
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Python Finite Difference Schemes for 1D Heat Equation: How to express for loop using numpy expression

Hello all, I've recently been introduced to Python and Numpy, and am still a beginner in applying it for numerical methods. I've been performing simple 1D diffusion computations. I suppose my ...
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Modeling Diodes in Autodesk CFD

I'm extremely new to Autodesk CFD, and I'm working on a project that deals with diodes heating up and cooling down based on a fixed temperature regulated by a temperature switch. Basically, I have a ...
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Solve 3-D Heat equation with Neumann boundaries

I want to solve the Poisson PDE for heat flow in a 3-D solid cube with given dimensions $x$, $y$, and $z$: $$\rho C\frac{\partial T}{\partial t} = k \Delta T$$ The cube is irradiated with a constant ...
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Analytical testcase for 2D/3D anisotropic Diffusion (Heat Kernel)

I want to verify and compare different Discretizations of the anisotropic diffusion equation in 2D / 3D. In order to both test the timestepping and the spatial discretisations I had a look at using ...
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Computing geodesic distances with diffusion

I am trying to solve an APSP (All-Pair Shortest Path) problem on a weighted graph. This graph is actually a 1, 2 or 3 dimensional grid, and the weights on each edge represent the distance between its ...
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Solving the diffusion/heat equation for a randomly distributed set of points in 3D

In this problem I am trying to solve, I have a messy set of points distributed in 3D space, each with a defined temperature. If I would want to calculate the heat transfer scenario in this system, how ...
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Methods and tools to solve the two-temperature model (TTM)

I would like to model heat diffusion at the gold / water interface after excitation of the metal surface by an ultrafast laser pulse (ca. 80 fs). An appropriate model to start with would be the "two ...
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BTCS-like method for heat conduction in unstructured triangular grid

I want to write a simple simulation for heat conduction in a unstructured triangular mesh. I already made it work for a structured rectangular grid with the ADI method, but now I need more complex ...
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V-cycle Multigrid for 2D transient heat transfer on a square plate using finite difference

I'm currently developing a program to solve 2D transient state heat conduction on a square plate using the V-cycle multigrid. Althought my program is able to reach the steady state solution, it's ...
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Finite Difference Grid Spacing and Scaling

I have been exploring finite differences and heat transfer using the 2D heat equation to further expand my knowledge. So far I think it is going well. I am running into some confusion around grid ...
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Heat equation with Neumann and Dirichlet conditions on same boundary

I am looking at numerical solutions to the heat equation with Dirichlet and Neumann conditions on the same boundary. That is $u(x,t)$ satisfying $$ u_t = u_{xx}\,, \quad x \in[0,1]\,, \quad t>0\,,...
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Physical interpretation of L2 norm of heat equation solution

For the heat equation \begin{equation} u_t(t,x) = \nu u_{xx}(t,x) \end{equation} for $x \in [0,1]$ with boundary conditions $u(t,0) = u(t,1) = 0$ and initial value $u(0,x) = u_0(x)$ it is easy to ...
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