CFD prediction of non-isothermal flow – How to minimize the user factor?

We know that non-isothermal flow is difficult to predict by CFD, especially in the high Archimedes number area where the flow is mainly driven by the buoyancy forces. This may be due to limitations of available turbulence models in connections with RANS equations, limitations of computer capacity and limitations in other types of methods as e.g. the use of LES. Errors due to the choice of numerical methods, choice of the right physical model of the engineering problem you solve, choice of relevant boundary conditions and even errors due to user’s experience are also a part of relevant problems in performing non-isothermal CFD predictions.
Significant development and improvement has taken place in the CFD community in the last 30 years and, at least, some of the above mentioned problems have been addressed. It is therefore interesting to see how far we are today collectively with the relevant software and hardware.
The workshop is a continuation of the ISHVAC – COBEE 2015 workshop on the prediction of isothermal low Reynolds number flow.
Period3 Jul 20168 Jul 2016
Event typeConference
LocationGhent, Belgium
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • User factor
  • CFD
  • Non-isothermal flow