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Hi all

 

I want to calculate deformations in a solid due to thermal expansion. I calculated the temperature field in a CFD solver and now want to use this temperature field in Optistruct in a thermal expansion analysis. I have used the linear interpolation under BCs>Create>Temperatures but when I ran the simulation no displacements were calculated. I discovered that apparently the linear interpolation tool only works for shell elements (while I have a solid with solid elements obviously) so I think this has something to do with my problem.

 

My question is: How would I import a temperature map to my thermal expansion simulation (with a solid) in Optistruct? Is there another way?

 

Looking forward to your ideas

 

Toon

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