Does SW thermal simulation take into consideration the latent heat of fusion of water as it changes state from liquid to solid when calculating the temperature distribution?
I'm sure there's a convention to approximate latent heat, but I am unfamiliar with it. As for physically modeling latent heat, I'm quite sure the system doesn't do that.
Not sure I follow you on this one Kevin. Can you elaborate?
Like how in a convective thermal boundary condition using FEA, you supply it sort of an emperical value that's derived from physical tests that you find most suitable for your situation. Or how you would enter a thermal contact resistance BC.
Maybe you change some values around a little if you expect to have latent heat influence your results of interest.
I think the answer is no it doesn't, having played around with this on the weekend.
There is no provision in the material data base for the latent heat of fusion of a material. Since heat transfer is proportional to temperature trying to extrapolate results based on the sensible heat coefficient would be innacurate.
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