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GUI 2D Heat Transfer 3

Posted by Will Campbell,

Will's pick this week is GUI 2D Heat Transfer by Dominik Gibala.

Long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away, I was an aerospace engineering undergraduate. Back then, the classes I excelled most at were Statics, Solid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, and Heat Transfer. I even spent a year researching particle agglomeration in a combustion research group. Strange then that I chose a life of avionics and control design rather than one of finite element analysis.

Despite my chosen career path, heat transfer has always held a special place in my heart. And since I'm also a big fan of MATLAB GUIs, I was left with little choice but to select Dominik's work when I came across it. He has created a MATLAB App that displays the time-varying temperature of a square plate. Each edge of the plate has a fixed, user-specified temperature. This causes the plate to heat or cool from its initial condition.

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Once you set up your problem and push Run, it's kind of like you have a little lava lamp on your desk. I ran various experiments and found the following results particularly intriguing:
The Crosshatch The Shark The Bird

Fun as this is, there's still room for improvement in this submission. Here are some suggestions I have to make this App even better!
  • Enable the user to control the time step.
  • Enable the user to control the color map.
  • Lock the color bar's range at the beginning of simulation to the min/max temperatures.
  • Change the name of the files and GUI from Czech to English :).
  • Solve the intermittent crash that occurs when the variable t gets cleared.
  • Scale the axes to match the user-specified edge length rather than the number of points.
I leave the challenge to our readers.

Let us know what you think here or leave a comment for Dominik.

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I’d love to see the ability to put functions of t (or time) as the wall temperatures. Then you can model things heating up/cooling down, or even sinusoidal stuff, or more!

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