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Hybrid Numerical Method for Heat Transfer Analysis of Complex 3D Geometries

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Greshan Fernando

Ohio University, Athens, OH

Paper No. IMECE2002-33085, pp. 437-443; 7 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Heat Transfer, Volume 7
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3638-X | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


The heat transfer analysis of systems with complex 3D geometries is usually done by numerical methods. Finite Element Method (FEM) and Finite Difference Methods (FDM) are widely used for this purpose. Complex geometries are accurately analyzed by FEM method. However, FEM solutions can be computationally inefficient for thermal problems that have high mesh densities with complex boundary conditions and variable material properties. On the other hand, Finite Difference method (FDM) is difficult to apply for complex geometric shapes. A hybrid numerical approach that combines the advantages of FDM and FEM has been integrated into a thermal simulation code. The hybrid technique has been implemented using object oriented programming techniques in a PC environment. A comparison of the computational efficiency of the two methods has been presented.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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