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## Simulation of a floor heating

 Topics: Heat Transfer, underfloor heating
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Markus Vass

December 4, 2012 8:34am UTC

Simulation of a floor heating

Hi all,

I want to simulate a floor heating in a 2D modell. Floor heating systems release about 90 % of heat in the form of radiation and about 10 % in the form of convection. So is it possible to take this situation on one boundary? I tried this with heat-flux and surface-to-surface radiation. But there i can't divided the heat transfer in 10 % heat flux and 90% radiation. I also don't understand the equation in surface-to-surface radiation, what does mean "G".

I hope somebody can help me.

Thanking you in anticipation.

Markus

Ivar Kjelberg

December 4, 2012 8:47am UTC in response to Markus Vass

Re: Simulation of a floor heating

Hi

radiative transfer is somewhat tricky, surface to surface exchange depends on the "view factors" G the apparent sizes of the surfaces compared to the more or less isotropic emissivity into 2pi steradians of heat from the source surface

then your 10 - 90% rule is from the energy balance, if you simulate heat convection and radiations with the physics laws you need to adapt the emissivity, absorption respectively h convection coefficients such that you get your end net balance 10-90%. or you decide that that 10 % goes into the air as a bulk heat capacity and 90 distributed to the other surfaces. But radiation is bidirectional, the walls exchange also with the floor and deposits energy too, therefore one need really to think and sketch up the heat flows before one starts to define the simulation

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Good luck
Ivar

Nagi Elabbasi
Certified Consultant
Veryst Engineering

December 4, 2012 6:53pm UTC in response to Ivar Kjelberg

Re: Simulation of a floor heating

Hi Markus,

Surface to surface radiation is tricky as Ivar mentioned. The best path for you in my opinion depends on what you want to get out of this model. If you know for sure that radiation is 9 times higher than convection you can just scale your heat transfer coefficient at the surface.

If however your objective is to validate that indeed 90% of the heat is lost due to radiation you need to accurately model both convection and radiation. You can model the convection heat loss to air either with a convection boundary condition or conjugate heat transfer (modeling the air as well that is). To model surface-to-surface radiation COMSOL solves for the Radiosity. You need that because, as Ivar pointed out, radiation is bi-directional and the walls also transfer heat to the floor by radiation. The COMSOL manuals describe the theory briefly. J is the radiosity or the thermal radiation leaving a point on the surface, G is the irradiation or radiation reaching a point from other surfaces, and F are the view factors. COMSOL solves for these quantities based on the geometry, emissivity and the temperatures.

Nagi Elabbasi
Veryst Engineering

Markus Vass

December 10, 2012 12:17pm UTC in response to Nagi Elabbasi

Re: Simulation of a floor heating

I calculated that 95% of heat transfer is radiation and 5% convection.

But now I have a problem to find the right solution.

I used the heat flux physics with the surface-to-surface-radiation. There I set the surface emissivity at every boundary. But which radiation direction is the right one? What does this mean?
I also don't know which boundary condition is the right one for the heated floor. I tried with a given temperatur, a general inward heat flux and with a inward heat flux. There are always different solutions. I think the model with the inward heat flux is the best one, because there I can define the surface temperature of the floor and the heat transfer coefficient. Is that right?

At last I have a general question: Is it possible to work with radiation in Comsol 3.5 or in a similarly way?

Excuse me for my bad english.

Thanks.

Markus

Markus Vass

December 18, 2012 11:01am UTC in response to Markus Vass

Re: Simulation of a floor heating

Couldn't anybody help me?

Ivar Kjelberg

January 7, 2013 12:46pm UTC in response to Markus Vass

Re: Simulation of a floor heating

Hi

I believe you do not get any good answer because it's not fully clear what you are doing or how.

If you draw a square, in 2D, set a given "hot" temperature to the 2 walls and to the "roof" and a lower fixed temperature to the "floor", fill the box with air and select HT you will get a heat conduction exchange (but no convecting as "Convection cooling" acts on the "external side" of a boundary).
Now if you add a surface to surface radiation exchange, set a material emissivity for the three wall and roof, and another for the "floor" Boundaries you can get the radiative heat exchange in addition to the air conduction.

Still to get true convection you need to define some Boyance forces and solve the CFD problem

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Good luck
Ivar

Markus Vass

January 7, 2013 1:16pm UTC in response to Ivar Kjelberg

Re: Simulation of a floor heating

When I set a temperature to the walls and the roof, they doesn´t change. But as a result of the radiation the wall and roof temperatur rise, because of my floor heating.So I set a heatflux from outside at the boundaries (with a higher temperature at the floor).

And when I add a surface to surface radiation, there isn´t a changing.

How can I define Boyance forces? Do you mean Volume forces?

Thanks.

Markus

Ivar Kjelberg

January 7, 2013 2:00pm UTC in response to Markus Vass

Re: Simulation of a floor heating

Hi

But if your walls are the outer boundaries and you have a fixed temperature, this T value will not change ?
but the heat flux to keep the temperature fixed might change.

Do you model also your walls as "solids" and apply constant T on the outside ?

Indeed Boyance forces is for me Volume forces from density changes due to T and gravity related effects starting a convective motion in a closed volume for a fluid

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Good luck
Ivar

Markus Vass

January 7, 2013 4:19pm UTC in response to Ivar Kjelberg

Re: Simulation of a floor heating

Yes, I model my walls as "solid" and I have given a fixed external temperatur of -15°C. The width of the walls is only 0,05 meter (consisting of metall, ply wood and plastic).

Why isn`t it possible to use "Convection cooling" on the "external side" of a boundary?
Supposed I heat the floor with an temperature over 100°C, then I think the surface-temperatur of the external wall isn´t -15°C near the floor, because of conduction, isn`t it?

When I apply "Convection cooling" I get generell a higher temperatur then applying a fifed temperatur on the external boundary.

Regards,
Markus

Ivar Kjelberg

January 8, 2013 6:54am UTC in response to Markus Vass

Re: Simulation of a floor heating

Hi

sorry the convective cooling only works on the "external side" (towards where there is no material)
the convective "cooling" can also be convective heating, it all depends on the sign of the temperature gradient (Text - T boundary)

Check carefully the "override laws" and the differences between "Inflow heat flux", "Heat flux" and "Convective cooling", and where all three applies

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Good luck
Ivar

Elham Khamsehashari

December 28, 2013 8:27pm UTC in response to Markus Vass

Re: Simulation of a floor heating

Hi Markus

I am simulating a thin film of carbon using joule heating module. This film will be heated up by connecting to a voltage/current with silver connections. I want to simulate heat convection as well as heat radiation emitting from this film. I found that your model is similar to mine. I started with a simple model as the attached file, but by defining boundary conditions of "convective heat flux" and "surface to ambient radiation" I dont know how I can separate the results of convection and radiation.