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Example 5



All previous examples involved a single domain calculation: one set of equations with one set
of material parameters have been solved over the whole domain. Here we wish to introduce
the new concept of multi-domain calculation: distinct sets of equations are solved on non-
overlapping subdomains. This example involves a heat transfer calculation between two
solids. In Fig. 1, we illustrate the heat transfer problem between solid 1 and solid 2, with their
respective thermal conductivities k1 (= 400 W/m/C) and k2 (= 50 W/m/C), and their
respective boundary conditions. In particular, we note that the geometry of the problem
consists of two non-overlapping subdomains.

(boundary 3)

k 2 = 50

subdomain II

T = 100 T = 20
(boundary 4) (boundary 2)
subdomain I

k1 = 400

(boundary 1)

Fig. 1. Solid/solid heat conduction problem and boundary conditions.

The mesh is included in the box x = [0, 0.3], y = [0, 0.8].

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heat transfer in solids, multi-domain calculation


solsol.mdf, solsol.msh, solsol.dat, solsol.cons, solsol.lst, res, cfx.res


We introduce here the new concept of multi-domain calculation: distinct sets of equations are
solved on non-overlapping subdomains. In Polydata, we will define one single task for
solving two coupled heat conduction problems. Each problem is described in a sub-task, but
the two sub-tasks are part of the same task.


- Read a mesh: solsol.msh

- Create a new task: 2D planar, steady-state.
Create a sub-task: Heat Conduction
Domain: S1
Material data
Thermal conductivity: K = 400
Thermal boundary conditions
S2: interface see note 1
BS1: insulated boundary
BS3: insulated boundary
BS4: temperature imposed: Tp = 100 C
Create a sub-task: Heat Conduction
Domain: S2
Material data
Thermal conductivity: K = 50
Thermal boundary conditions
S1: interface see note 1
BS1: insulated boundary
BS2: temperature imposed: Tp = 20 C
BS3: insulated boundary
- Outputs
- Default output : CFD-Post
- System of units for CFD-Post: metric_MKSA+Celsius

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- Probe (optional)
probe 1: prefix: solsol_1 location: (0.1, 0.4)
probe 2: prefix: solsol_2 location: (0.2, 0.4)
Save and Exit
- Mesh file: solsol.msh
- Data file: solsol.dat
- Result file: res
- CFD-Post: cfx.res

Note 1 : Interface between subdomains

Since a heat conduction problem is solved on both subdomains, interface boundary

conditions must be specified along their intersection. For the energy equation, such a
boundary condition ensures the continuity of the temperature field and of the heat flux. In
the present case, it is a non-moving interface.


At the present stage, we have two input files for POLYFLOW: a mesh file and a data file. In
view of our filename syntax, their names are SOLSOL.MSH and SOLSOL.DAT, respectively.
This last file will be used as standard input file for POLYFLOW. As standard output file, the
listing, we select the name SOLSOL.LST. A result file named RES is also generated, which
can be used for a future restart.

Graphic post-processing

Mesh and result files for graphic post-processing are generated. In Fig. 2.a, we display the
temperature contour lines over the whole domain. The effects arising from different thermal
conductivities are apparent. In Fig. 2.b, we display the temperature profiles on several
horizontal lines crossing the mesh.

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a) b)

Fig. 2. Solid/solid heat conduction problem:

a) Temperature contour lines (init. val. = 20, incr. = 5, fin. val. = 100),
b) Temperature profiles along various horizontal lines (y=0.45, y=0.4 and y=0.35).

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