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PERMAS-NLHT Nonlinear Heat Transfer

The methods available for nonlinear analyses in PERMAS-HT are complemented by a more advanced set of algorithms to solve higher nonlinear computations for steady-state and transient problems.

In contrary to the methods described in the previous section an automated stepping algorithm is used for both steady-state and transient analysis, which may be complemented by manual selections of explicit points in time or load levels.

For the selection of results, load steps and particular times can be explicitly defined.

Radiation with heat exchange

Heat transfer by radiation is increasingly important with higher temperatures and for parts with cavities and self-shadowing effects like brakes, combustion engines, and cooling elements. This allows heat transfer analyses with convection and radiation coupled with heat conduction.

The assumptions for this function are heat exchange between surfaces (no radiation from within bodies), radiation of grey bodies (radiation not dependent on wave length), and diffuse emission (radiation not dependent on radiating direction).

The calculation of radiation has the following characteristics:

  • The radiation is integrated in the heat transfer analysis process.
  • The convection elements are extended to model also radiating surfaces, i.e. all surface elements where radiation has to be taken into account have to be modeled with convection elements.
  • There is a direct integration of the view factors over the surface elements instead of averaged view factors.
  • In order to accelerate the calculation of viewing factors with a very high number of surface elements an automatic (selective) coarsening procedure is provided to reduce the number of surface elements.
  • The computational efficiency is obtained by using parallelization.
  • The coupled solution of the nonlinear heat transfer equation with radiation boundary conditions is performed in a few iteration steps either for steady-state or transient calculations.