Topology Optimization of a Heat Exchanger with Laminar Flow

Application ID: 98011

This model demonstrates topology optimization of a 2D heat exchanger with laminar flow. The flow is pressure driven and the objective is to maximize the heat transfer. The density method is used with the (now) classical approach of a single design variable and two flow interfaces. Continuation in the convexity parameter of the interpolation is used. The model demonstrates results for two Péclet numbers; the higher number requires a finer mesh. This increases the computational cost significantly.

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