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Offline pitney1

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Simulating heat transfer in a closed room
« on: May 11, 2012, 10:35:58 PM »
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How can I get good convergence when simulating heat transfer in a closed room?

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Re: Simulating heat transfer in a closed room
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2012, 10:36:23 PM »
Closed rooms have no outlets or openings so there is no boundary for the solver to use as a pressure reference region.
In addition, if there is heat transfer into the room it will heat up and the pressure will increase.
The following advice should improve convergence:

(1)
Compute an expression for the average room pressure from P = <rho>*R*<T>/W, where <> implies volumed averaged.
For example:

AverageDensity = volumeAve(density )@Domain 1
AverageTemperature = volumeAve(T)@Domain 1
AveragePressure = AverageDensity*R*AverageTemperature/W

The above expression for the average pressure assumes that W is the molecular weight of the fluid and that an ideal gas is being used.

(2)
Set the reference pressure equal to the average room pressure.

(3)
Run in double precision.