Simulation technology allows us to accurately predict the thermal performance of electronics/electrical equipment during early design stages, giving engineers the confidence that thermal failures in the field (and the adverse warranty issues they may bring) can be considered a thing of the past.
With gas prices predicted to skyrocket in the next few years, an opportunity exists for engineers and designers of gas-fired appliances at smart manufacturers to use CFD to gain an edge in the competitive Australian market.
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Phil Durbin from Finite Elements explains the untold CFD story of the design and testing of James Cameron's DeepSea Challenger, a solo manned submarine that ventured 11km down to the deepest place on earth, the Marianas Trench, in March 2012.
Our support team is tasked with helping our customers to extract maximum value from their CFD simulations, and we are always striving to help customers who work at the bleeding edge of CFD. A common question is: How can I drive Fluent UDF parameters directly from ANSYS Workbench? The ANSYS Fluent User Defined Function (UDF) framework gives Fluent users an almost unlimited ability to modify the physics solved in their simulation model. Customisation can extend from simple properties such as boundary condition profiles, through to complex particle-fluid interaction laws. The ANSYS Workbench interface provides the infrastructure to specify parameters that can be used to drive any simulation inputs (such as geometric dimensions or boundary condition values). By coupling the functionality of Workbench Parameters with Fluent UDF's, we can realize the ability to perform parametric studies on any parameter imaginable. The process for coupling Workbench Parameters into Fluent UDF's is as follows: In an open Fluent Window; first initialise the scheme variables in Fluent. In the TUI, type the following line: (rp-var-define ‘leap 0.0 ‘real #f) Repeat the above line of code for every variable needed by replacing “leap” with a representative variable name. This name will be used to call the variable in the UDF. In the Fluent window, go to "Define">"Parameters". In the displayed window, go to "More" > "Use In Scheme Procedure". Click the "Select" button next to the Input Parameter box at the top and click “New Parameter” to create a new parameter. Name the parameter with a representative name. This will be the name of the parameter referenced in Workbench. Click OK on the two windows until you get back to the “Use Input Parameter in Scheme Procedure” window. In the Scheme Procedure box, type the following Scheme code: (lambda (param) (rpsetvar ‘leap param)) Click the “Define” button to link the WB parameter to the UDF accessable scheme parameter. Do the same for any subsequent parameters, choosing unique and representative names for each. The parameters are now setup. To access the value in the UDF, use the following function in the source code: RP_Get_Real("leap") Where the argument in the Scheme name of the variable as defined in the rpsetvar command. Now that the associations are properly setup, you can change the value of the parameter in Workbench, causing Fluent to notify that there has been an upstream change. When you click OK, the parameter value will be pushed through to the Scheme variable. After the Scheme variable has been updated, any UDFs will have access to the new value when the RP_Get_Real("leap") function is called. NOTE: For best performance, assign the value returned from the...