This is a continuation of the first part of the beginner series of tutorials in heat transfer modeling.

The first part introduced the reader to the concept of heat capacity (being analogous to the electrical capacity). This section continues with the concept of heat conductance which is analogous to the electrical conductance. Ohm’s law applies.

Toward the end, the principle of using both concepts together (heat storage and heat conduction) in a finite element type of scheme will be explained. Understanding this concept well will later allow the reader to numerically model heat transfer with ease on complex 3D shapes with minimum experience or mathematical knowledge.

## Animated heat transfer modeling for the average Joe – part #2

by George Lungu

– This is a continuation of the first part

of the beginner series of tutorials in heat

transfer modeling.

The first part introduced the reader to the concept of

heat capacity (being analogous to the

electrical capacity).

– This section continues with the concept

of heat conductance which is analogous

to the electrical conductance.

A law

analogous to Ohm’s law governs the

conduction process.

– Toward the end, the principle of using

both concepts together (heat storage and

heat conduction) in a finite element type

of scheme will be explained.

Understanding this concept well will

later allow the reader to numerically

model heat transfer with ease on

complex 3D shapes with minimum

experience or mathematical knowledge.

by George Lungu

<excelunusual.com>

### Review of the basic heat storage principles and equation:

(IEEIKS = If Everything Else Is Kept the Same)

1. IEEIKS a body stores heat proportional to its mass.

2. IEEIKS a body stores heat in relation to the substance it is made from.

3. IEEIKS the net amount of heat a body exchanges with the environment in a certain time

interval is proportional to the net temperature change the same body experiences

during that time interval.

The previously mentioned principles are incorporated in the heat storage

equation. “Q” is the variation of the stored heat [Joules], “m” is the

mass of the object [Kg], “c” is called specific heat and it’s a material Q c m

specific property [J/Kg*K] and “T” is the temperature variation [K].

The product of mass and

The heat storage

specific heat is known as C cm

dQC dT

thermal

equation becomes: thermal

thermal or heat capacity :

### The basic heat transport principle and equation:

1. The heat flow rate between two bodies is directly proportional to the difference in temperature

between the bodies with a constant of proportionality known as thermal conductance.

– The heat flow rate is the amount of heat moved per unit time.

dQ

– In this care we expressed the heat flow from body#1 to body#2

G(T T )

1 2

– Looking at the formula we can say that that the thermal

conductance is expressed in W/K (or J/s*K).

### Heat transport equation – analogy with Ohm’s law in electricity and water flow

– The heat transport equation says that the speed

of movement of heat (i.e. power) between two

sections of a heat conductor is proportional to the

difference in temperature between the sections. dt

The constant of proportionality is the thermal

conductance expressed in [W/K].

– This is just like Ohm’s law in electricity which

says that the speed of movement of electric charge is proportional to the difference in voltage between

the points, the constant of proportionality being the electric conductance [A/V – Siemens].

(i.e. electric current) in a wire between two points Current_Intensity G (V V )

– We can also use Ohm’s law on a water stream or

in a system of hydraulic pipes.

Ohm’s law would say that the flow of fluid (fluid mass/unit time) dm

through a certain pipe between two sections is

equal to the product of hydraulic conductance

times the difference in pressure between the sections.

Water_Flow G (P P)

### More about thermal conductance of a linear uniform “heat pipe”:

– Just like in electricity a wider connection (larger sectional area of the heat conductor) between

the bodies will result in easier heat transport therefore a higher conductance.

– Just like in electricity a longer connection (longer heat conductor) between the bodies will

result in slower heat transport therefore a lower conductance.

– Just like in electricity the material of the heat conductor will affect the heat transport (metals

for instance will facilitate the heat transport whereas wood for instance will slow down the heat

flow), therefore the conductance will have a factor named conductivity (k) which is material specific.

thermal thermal Gelectrical electrical G-hydraulic fluid

– Of course the last three relationships apply for the particular case of a uniform

wire or a uniform bar (heat or water pipe) but these relationships are very good

for intuitively understanding the parameters involved in process of heat conduction.

– Most importantly in the case of a randomly shaped 3D objects, before using

numerical methods we will divide the object in regular elements (little

parallelepipeds) that you can call bricks or French fries if you wish, on which the

simplest formulas (including the above ones) apply.

– Whereas the thermal conductance will be expressed in [W/K – Watts/Kelvin] the

thermal conductivity will be expressed in units of [W/K*m].

### Let’s look at the storage-transport (storage-transfer) pair:

– The first is the storage formula and characterizes the behavior of a barrel, capacitor, bag pipe or trash can. In our case the medium

sloshed around is heat but it could be electric charge, water, hash browns or chicken wings if you like. I turned “” into a “d” but

don’t take it too hard. “d” is a very small “”. Use what you like and don’t let the whiteboard scribblers intimidate you.

-The second is the transfer or transport formula and refers to “heat conductor” feeding the

body or the pipe feeding the trash can. In electricity is called Ohm’s law. I could have used T or

dT but that could be misleading.

Whereas in the storage formula dT or T are always legitimate options since they pertain to a variation of the same value (the body temperature), in the

second (transport) formula T1-T2 refers to the difference between temperatures of two

neighbors interacting with each other. The difference could be large and sometimes stay large

no matter how finely we adjust the simulation step.

That’s not always the case and you could replace the T1-T2 with dT, just be aware of the difference between a dT in the storage formula

and a dT in the transport formula if you see the transport formula written with dT.

– Somebody misinformed could use dT in both and do an algebraic elimination which is a

mistake.

– In short the dT in the storage formula is temperature variation in time but in the same point

of space and dT in the transport formula is a temperature difference between points and in the

case of finite element type of method it depends on how we partitioned our complex object in

elements.

### Starting the model:

– We will model a linear (1D), uniform bar with a given initial profile of temperature. Heat

transfer by conduction will occur within the bar and also the bar will be changing heat by

conduction with the ambient whose temperature is characterized by a different temperature map

than the initial temperature map of the bar. The ambient has infinite thermal inertia.

Initial temperature

curve

Ambient

temperature curve

x

Bar

Partitioned bar

– Above is a sketch of the bar. The bar is being partitioned in 21 equal length segments. On the

top chart there are two curves: the initial temperature and the ambient temperature. The bar

will start from a temperature configuration identical with the brown curve and slowly drift close

to the ambient curve. The higher the bar-ambient conductance the closer to the ambient curve

the temperature curve of the bar will settle.

to be continued…

by George Lungu <excelunusual.com>

May I ask how many parts this series will have?

Four.