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Design Of A Multi Mode Finite Difference Heat Transfer Project

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition


Louisville, Kentucky

Publication Date

June 20, 2010

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June 20, 2010

End Date

June 23, 2010



Conference Session

Thermodynamics, Fluids, and Heat Transfer II

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Mechanical Engineering

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15.358.1 - 15.358.13



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Michael Maixner United States Air Force Academy

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William Parker Air Force Research Laboratories

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Design of a Multi-Mode Finite-Difference Heat Transfer Project Abstract:

and radiation), and requires students to investigate both steady state and transient versions of the problem, with comparison to analytical solutions when available. The problem is solved

same approach may be employed in many steady state and transient heat transfer problems—in

I. Considerations in Designing a FDM Project When designing a problem appropriate for completion in a certain number of class meetings,

curve, and was therefore ideal to provide students with a tool which would allow analysis of many realistic heat transfer processes. Additionally, it was desired that whatever computational


of heat transfer, and needed to involve scenarios which require analysis under both steady state and transient conditions.

provided to the students, with all material properties and dimensions depicted. Not only were students required to provide all equations in the blank cells of this template, but they were required to do a certain amount of macro recording and assignment of macros to the control buttons shown. Iteration speed for the steady state problem and time stepping speed in the transient problem were controlled by varying the screen refresh rate using the slide bar shown. To gauge their progress, formula results students for comparison with their spreadsheet results. Additionally, two versions of the steady

Maixner, M., & Parker, W. (2010, June), Design Of A Multi Mode Finite Difference Heat Transfer Project Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--15663

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