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Distributed heat flux

Distributed heat flux can be defined on element sides by using the *DFLUX card. The units are those of power per unit of area, flux entering the body is positive, flux leaving the body is negative. Nonuniform flux can be defined by using the subroutine dflux.f.

In the absence of a *DFLUX card for a given element face, no distributed heat flux will be applied to this face. This seems reasonable, however, this only applies to solid structures. Due to the iterative way in which fluid dynamics calculations are performed an external element face in a CFD calculation exhibits no heat flux only if a *DFLUX card was defined for this surface with a heat flux value of zero.

guido dhondt 2012-10-06