Solidworks Simulation – The 5 rules of defining a Steady State Thermal Study
I was working on a thermal study case recently and thought that I would share it today as we do not have much simulation articles so far. So for today, I want to talk about some of the important aspects when defining a Steady State Thermal Study.
There is this correlation between a thermal study and structural study, which is something like this:
In this case, we should be more aware about the boundary conditions needed to fully define a thermal study. And these are the 5 rules for applying a boundary condition:
1) Temperature (T) prescribed at both sides of the solid (at x = 0 and L, length of the face on the solid), or
2) T prescribed at one end and a heat source at the other, or
3) T prescribed at one end and a convention condition at the other, or
4) A convection condition at one end and a heat source at the other, or
5) A convection condition at both ends.
Even though you may not have enough information to form the boundary conditions, do note that for any faces without a boundary condition, it will be treated as an adiabatic wall, which will allow the simulation to simplify the governing differential equation for the heat transfer.
I hope that I have provided a fresh perspective to Solidworks Simulation Thermal Studies, do follow us for more information on Solidworks Simulation!