The paper describes how a simple link has been established between the commercial Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) code CFX-4 and the two commercial structural analysis software packages ABAQUS and ANSYS. The interface has enabled separate, specialist groups to perform conjugate heat transfer and stress analysis computation within a common project, without the need to lease expensive interface software. The fluid/structure coupling operates primarily in steady-state mode, though transient coupling is possible at specified time intervals, provided there is no feed-back of the structural displacement on the thermal hydraulics. Illustrative examples are presented in the paper of how the coupled codes are being used to aid the design of a pilot spallation source target, and to analyze operational transients and accident sequences.
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A Pragmatic Coupling Strategy Between Commercial CFD and Structure Analysis Codes
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Smith, BL, Dury, TV, Ni, L, & Zucchini, A. "A Pragmatic Coupling Strategy Between Commercial CFD and Structure Analysis Codes." Proceedings of the ASME/JSME 2004 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference. Computational Technologies for Fluid/Thermal/Structural/Chemical Systems With Industrial Applications, Volume 1. San Diego, California, USA. July 25–29, 2004. pp. 101-109. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/PVP2004-3095
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