Flownex Simulation Environment Academic
Flownex® Simulation Environment is a powerful research tool and classroom teaching aid used to demonstrate the physical principles in the fields of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and thermodynamics. Flownex® SE determines pressure drop and heat transfer for the connected components of a complete system in steady state and transient, e.g. pumps or compressors, pipes, valves, tanks and heat exchangers.
Material on Bernoulli’s principle provides a fundamental explanation of energy conservation in fluid flow and the causes and effects of pressure loss. While the transfer though flat and cylindrical geometries is illustrated by Conduction and the change in temperature with pressure is fundamentally explained by the Joule – Thomson effect.
Applications: Fluid Mechanics
The theoretical summary aims to explain the fundamental calculation of steady-state pipe flow using the Bernoulli principle with pressure loss effects. The theory includes conservation of mass, momentum, and energy, as well as relations for static and stagnation fluid properties, Bernoulli’s principle, and the calculation of primary and secondary pressure losses.
The Flownex® SE network example and assignment dynamically illustrate the effect of pipe roughness and flow velocity on the energy and hydraulic grade line.
Applications: Heat Transfer
The theoretical summary aims to explain the fundamental calculation of conduction and convection heat transfer. The theory includes conservation of energy as well as relations for one-dimensional steady-state convection and conduction through a plane wall and cylindrical pipe geometries.
The Flownex® SE network example and assignment dynamically illustrate the difference between plane wall and cylindrical wall heat transfer with varying wall thickness.
The theoretical summary aims to explain the fundamental change in a fluid temperature with pressure. The theory includes the first law of thermodynamics, fluid property diagrams, ideal gas law relations and the Joule-Thomson coefficient.
The Flownex® SE network example and assignment dynamically illustrate the effect of varying throttling and system temperatures on pressure-temperature relations of fluids.
A limited functionality Student Version is available free of charge from the Flownex® website for any registered student. With the different physics models used in Flownex®, it is ideally suited to teach students the physical principles in the fields of Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics. We have ready-made material for these subjects which explains the theory, provides a lecturer’s class example and finally a student homework project.