A new heat transfer simulation capability is described. Non‐traditional features of this capability include: a seamless link to CAD‐CAM for rapid problem specification/description, integrated automatic grid generator tools for rapid mesh generation, nonlinear and/or varying material properties, source‐terms and boundary conditions, a one‐element type approach for simplicity and efficiency, automatic self‐adaptive mesh refinement and coarsening with accurate error estimation, heavy reliance on iterative solvers, and on‐line display on workstations for immediate visualization and user feedback. These innovations are documented on several examples that demonstrate the usefulness of the developed capability.

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Published on 01/01/1994

DOI: 10.1108/EUM0000000004042
Licence: CC BY-NC-SA license

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