ZARITZKY Noemi Elisabet
congresos y reuniones científicas
Numerical Simulation of Heat Transfer Problems in 3D Geometries
SANTOS VICTORIA; ZARITZKY NOEMI; CALIFANO ALICIA; VAMPA VICTORIA
San Luis , Argentina
Congreso; XVII Congreso sobre MétodosNuméricos y sus Aplicaciones (ENIEF2008); 2008
Centro Internacional de Métodos Computacionales en Ingeniería ( CIMEC)
A finite element procedure was developed and implemented for transient 3D heat transfer problems. The domain was divided into linear tetrahedral elements using a three dimensional mesh generator software. A pre-processing program was developed in order for the mesh information to be compatible with finite element program. All the numerical algorithms have been implemented using Matlab 6.5. Results were validated by comparing with analytical solutions of heat transfer in a finite cylinder and a sphere, and with the numerical solution generated by a commercial software for heating an irregular piece of meat. A post-processing code was implemented in order to obtain further information from the results, such as the temperature prediction at an arbitrary point, and the average temperature. The code can also be used to determine concentration profiles in mass transfer problems (3D domains) and to simulate heat transfer problems in food processing with convective boundary conditions. The open source program can be easily applied with the important advantage that it can be coupled with macroscopic balances, microbial inactivation rates, or with different objective functions that optimize the process (e.g quality attributes).