Features & Benefits
A variety of boundary conditions is available, e.g. from a simple imposed flux to complex interactions such as mutual radiation and temperature dependent contact conditions. The thermal contact algorithms take the deformation of the mesh, which occurs due to surface ablation, into account.
For post-processing a number of options are available that can list and display temperatures, conductive flux, gas mass flux and applied flux on whole or part of the structure. Furthermore specialized commands exist to calculate the thermal balance on part of the structure. Also the mass and volume loss can be calculated, and with the help of a “thermocouple” the temperature (pressure and density) of a fixed point in a deforming mesh, can be measured.
Finally, SAMCEF Ablation provides the mechanical problem (SAMCEF Linear and SAMCEF Mecano) with the appropriate temperature distribution for a thermo-mechanical analysis. The meshes used in the axisymmetric thermal and the axissymmetric/3D mechanical analyses do not have to be identical, and the temperature field can be interpolated between meshes.