Simcenter STAR-CCM+ Why does my Region Total Heat Source give lower Power when using an insidePart field function?

2024-06-17T09:41:24.000-0400
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Summary

When you prescribe an insidePart field function e.g. insidePart(@GeometryPart("Block_2"))?1000:0 for the Region Heat Source in W this does not give 1000 W distributed across the Block_2 section. It is the volume ratio of the cells inside the part over the whole Region.


Details

When you prescribe an insidePart field function e.g. insidePart(@GeometryPart("Block_2"))?1000:0 for the Region Heat Source in W this does not give 1000 W distributed across the Block_2 section.  

What you get is the equivalent to 1000W across the Region on the cells within Block_2 and 0W in the cells outside Block_2.  In this example the volume is 1/8 of the total volume and is equivalent to 125W.

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A simple demo file (v2402) is attached to demonstrate the difference when setting the inside part function.

For simplicity the geometry is a 1m2 block which with 1000W Region Heat Source that will increase 1K every 1s.

After 10s you see that all the Region has risen to 310K. 

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Now if the switch is made to the field function using an insidePart filter, it can be mistakenly assumed that the 1000W is applied solely within the Block_2 cells.  However, what this is now doing is applying the equivalent to 1000W in the cells inside Block_2 and turning off the Heat Source in the cell outside.

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The equivalent scene to the one above shows mesh cells within Block_2 have reached 310K, but the other are still at 300K.  Therefore as the Block_2 is 1/8 of the size of the Region only 125W is being applied.

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Hopefully this article has given a better understanding of how the Heat Source is being applied when using an insidePart function. 

KB Article ID# KB000132923_EN_US

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