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5. Unit Systems

This chapter describes the units used in FLUENT and how you can control them.

FLUENT allows you to work in any unit system, including inconsistent units. Thus, for example, you may work in British units with heat input in Watts or you may work in SI units with length defined in inches. This is accomplished by providing FLUENT with a correct set of conversion factors between the units you want to use and the standard SI unit system that is used internally by the solver. FLUENT uses these conversion factors for input and output, internally storing all parameters and performing all calculations in SI units. Both solvers always prompt you for the units required for all dimensional inputs.

Units can be altered part-way through a problem setup and/or after you have completed your calculation. If you have input some parameters in SI units and then you switch to British, all of your previous inputs (and the default prompts) are converted to the new unit system. If you have completed a simulation in SI units but you would like to report the results in any other units, you can alter the unit system and FLUENT will convert all of the problem data to the new unit system when results are displayed. As noted above, all problem inputs and results are stored in SI units internally. This means that the parameters stored in the case and data files are in SI units. FLUENT simply converts these values to your unit system at the interface level.

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