Solidworks Simulation – The 5 rules of defining a Steady State Thermal Study

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Solidworks Simulation – The 5 rules of defining a Steady State Thermal Study

By David

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:

Thermal and Structural

 

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!

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