8.5 Thermal Conductivity

The thermal conductivity must be defined when heat transfer is active. You will need to define thermal conductivity when you are modeling energy and viscous flow.

FLUENT provides several options for definition of the thermal conductivity:

• constant thermal conductivity

• temperature- and/or composition-dependent thermal conductivity

• kinetic theory

• anisotropic (anisotropic, biaxial, orthotropic, cylindrical orthotropic) (for solid materials only)

• user-defined

Each of these input options and the governing physical models are detailed in this section. User-defined functions (UDFs) are described in the separate UDF Manual.

In all cases, you will define the Thermal Conductivity in the Materials panel (Figure  8.5.1).

Define Materials...

Thermal conductivity is defined in units of W/m-K in SI units or BTU/hr-ft- R in British units.

Previous: 8.4.5 Viscosity for Non-Newtonian
Up: 8. Physical Properties
Next: 8.5.1 Constant Thermal Conductivity