Pipe Flow Module
Cooling of a steering wheel plastic mold – including pipe flow and heat transfer in cooling channels. The cooling channels are fully coupled to the heat transfer simulation of the mold and the polyurethane part. The Pipe Flow Module allows for efficient simulation of the cooling channels with 1D pipe flow, and still model the surrounding mold and product in 3D based on an imported CAD geometry.
The Pipe Flow Module is used for simulations of fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, hydraulic transients, and acoustics in pipe and channel networks. Pipe flow simulations yield the velocity, pressure variation, and temperature along the pipes and channels. The module is suitable for pipes and channels which have lengths large enough so that flow in them can be considered to be fully developed and represented by a 1D approximation.
The module can be used to design and optimize: complex cooling systems in turbines, ventilation systems in buildings, geothermal heating systems, heat exchangers, pipe systems in chemical pro-cesses, and pipelines in the oil, gas and mining industry. Preset piping components such as bends, valves, T-junctions, contractions/expansions and pumps are available. A dedicated user interface is included for transient simulations of the water hammer effect. Multispecies mass transport is available when the Pipe Flow Module is combined with the CFD Module or any of the other modules that feature multispecies transport. Acoustic wave propagation in pipes is available when the Pipe Flow Module is combined with the Acoustics Module.