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Transient thermal problem setup

Question asked by Malcom Smith on Jan 28, 2015
Latest reply on Jan 30, 2015 by Jared Conway

Hi there,


I'm new to Solidworks Simulation and would appreciate some help understanding what kind of study to run for a transient thermal problem.


To help me learn I made a simple model of two metal blocks side by side with a small air gap between. One block starts the simulation with an initial temp of 4 deg C. the other at an initial temp of 40 deg C.

My expectation was that the cold block would heat up to ambient and temporarily cool down the hot block next to it across the air gap. I set convection on all faces to be 50W and ambient to 40 deg C (so that the hot block is the same as ambient).

But all that happens is the cold block warms up to ambient without affecting the hot block...


I read the solvingengineeringproblems and tutorial docs but cant see what I'm doing wrong.

Any help greatly appreciated.