Fluid-Thermal-Structure Modeling of a Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger in Ansys Discovery AIM

Webinar Description |

Modeling of a Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger

This webinar examines simulating the fluid, thermal and structural physics of modeling a shell and tube heat exchanger with Ansys Discovery AIM.  In addition, the webinar will cover CAD import, setting up boundary conditions, solving and analyzing the results.


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Case Study: Impact of Flows on Globe Valve Thermal Shock Clearances

Valve performance in a nuclear power plant needs to be proven under difficult operating conditions. One certification test that passed this empirical testing was the 225°C thermal shock test.

A large globe valve with a nominal diameter of 150 mm is used in this investigation to explore such shocks both numerically and empirically.

Ansys Maxwell‘s automated testing loop is the internal software site of the experimental campaign.

Ten thermal shocks are administered sequentially in pressured cold and hot water. The 40 thermocouples fitted uniformly along the height of the tested valve.

The ten studs that make up the body-bonnet flange are fitted with strain gauges, enabling the tracking of changes in the clamping forces inside the flange. A 3D numerical simulation of such a shock in the valve is conducted.

It is done using a variety of multiphysics simulations, including fluid, heat conduction, and mechanics. The mechanical simulation represents nearly 50 separate parts with various contacts. This simulation is provided in two distinct iterations for Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI) Consulting services, the second of which takes into account a heat transfer that happens in clearances.

When it comes to the temperature in the studs, there is a high correlation between modeling and experiment. Only the second simulation is able to accurately capture the tightening changes seen experimentally at the start of cold and hot shocks in terms of clamping forces.

For more information on this case study, contact our engineering experts HERE.


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