Thermal Analysis in a Storage Tank CFD Simulation
- Thermal Analysis in a storage tank via ANSYS Fluent software.
- We have designed the initial geometry using ANSYS Design modeler software and created the mesh on this geometry using ANSYS meshing software.
- The mesh type is structured with 10,056 cells.
- Energy Equation is enabled to capture the temperature.
- The Mixing & Convection phenomena are involved in this simulation.
Thermal Analysis in a storage tank CFD Simulation, ANSYS Fluent Tutorial
A storage Tank is a container that holds fluids for a short or long term in hot or cold thermal conditions. In this project, a square-shaped storage tank equipped with two inlets is modeled to control the outlet temperature at the top of the tank.
The geometry of the present problem is a 2D square domain with a 2m height, and the inlets and outlet diameters are 0.2m and 0.3m, respectively. Plus, the geometry is designed in Ansys Design Modeler software. Additionally, Ansys meshing software is used for generating meshes of the solution. The elements are structured, and the element number is precisely 10,056.
Methodology: Thermal Analysis in a storage tank
The pressure-based solver has been employed due to the incompressibility of the fluid. Also, the simulation is independent of Time, so it has performed in steady state form.
At the end of the solution process, two-dimensional contours and vectors related to water pressure, temperature, turbulence kinetic energy, and velocity are obtained. The water flow enters the inlet and rapidly moves through the outlet. As seen in the extracted contours, both flows tend to flow toward the central outlet, which provokes a mix, affecting their temperature and velocity.