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Clarification about Thermal Plot (Resultant Heat Flux)?

Question asked by Thimal De Alwis on Oct 29, 2011
Latest reply on Nov 2, 2011 by Matt Madalis

Hi all,

 

I wanted to get some clarification about the Resultant Heat Flux thermal plot that you can generate from a transient thermal study.  The reported results are in W/m^2, and I have it set to display just one time step at a time.  My question is, I do not understand what "area" they are considering for the m^2 part...is it the area of one element of a mesh?  Basically what I would like to do is calculate the power (and then, heat) of the system from this plot, but I haven't been able to figure out what SW defines as flux.  Any help please?

 

(Using SW2010 btw)

 

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