Attach your files (2D is fine), I'll help you.
i would start with listing your inputs (how are you going to add heat, how are you going to remove it, materials), the changes you're going to make (dimensions, loading condition..etc) the outputs you want and the assumptions you're ok with making.
from there you'll be able to decide what approach you want to take (cfd with flow simulation or thermal fea with simulation) and decide what you need from a modeling perspective.
for example you might be ok with assuming the pans are dry (nothing in them)
your goal is to see the temperature distribution difference
one has a square bottom
the other has around bottom
the model is just a simple shelled out box/cylinder without the top
you're ok with a steady state solution because you're interested in the temperature distribution over a long period of time
you're not too concerned with the air temp and that you think the convection is pretty simple to quantify so you go with thermal fea
you're going to assume all the faces other than the one being heated have convection of 1W/mK
temperature differences are minor so you can ignore radiation
the face being heated has a split line with a certain wattage or temperature, the rest is assumed to be at a really low convection because its touching the top of the stove
the make up is the same so the materials are the same, in this case you could make the materials anything because the bc's are different and just use relative performance differences
this would be pretty similar to some of hte problems in the tutorials. you could then take this to many different levels depending on what assumptions you want to take away. for example:
you could add a part with a "food" material and see how well it heats
you could go to a transient analysis to see if one heats up faster and more even then another
go to a CFD solution for more accurate portrayal of the convection...etc.
Cool, thanks. It's an essay/presentation due for monday. I can't run simulation or the solidworks simulation version over the weekend, but I'll be sure to mention all of that as assumptions, test experiments and maybe calculate some theoretical and actual results for that and other areas by other means.
If you know of any alternative simulation softwares I can trial/use over the weekend (I've got solidworks models, which I've run one study on. They're simple and I can recreate them), that would also be greatly appreciated. Thanks for the thermal advice.
can't think of any trials or software that you could download learn and run the simulations on over the weekend.
if you can make it 2d and that your main goal is to test the thickness of the bottom, you could simplify this down to a thermal resistance network.