**This page is under construction. I will update by adding a description of each solver and model.**

Conduction |

(Transient)**laplacianFoam**

Convection |

(Steady)**buoyantBoussinesqSimpleFoam**(Transient)**buoyantBoussinesqPimpleFoam**(Steady)**buoyantSimpleFoam**(Transient)**buoyantPimpleFoam**

Conduction + Convection (Conjugate Heat Transfer) |

(Steady)**chtMultiRegionSimpleFoam**(Transient)**chtMultiRegionFoam**

+ Radiation |

All the above solvers but * laplacianFoam* are able to deal with the radiative heat transfer. There are the following five (virtually four) models available in OpenFOAM. Their source code is located in

*and we can see the brief descriptions in the header file of each radiation class.*

**src/thermophysicalModels/radiation/radiationModels****P1**

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Class Foam::radiation::P1 Description Works well for combustion applications where optical thickness, tau is large, i.e. tau = a*L > 3 (L = distance between objects) Assumes - all surfaces are diffuse - tends to over predict radiative fluxes from sources/sinks *** SOURCES NOT CURRENTLY INCLUDED *** |

**Keywords: optical thickness** [2]

(Finite Volume Discrete Ordinates Method)**fvDOM**

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Class Foam::radiation::fvDOM Description Finite Volume Discrete Ordinates Method. Solves the RTE equation for n directions in a participating media, not including scatter. Available absorption models: constantAbsorptionEmission greyMeanAbsoprtionEmission wideBandAbsorptionEmission i.e. dictionary \verbatim fvDOMCoeffs { nPhi 4; // azimuthal angles in PI/2 on X-Y. //(from Y to X) nTheta 0; // polar angles in PI (from Z to X-Y plane) convergence 1e-3; // convergence criteria for radiation //iteration maxIter 4; // maximum number of iterations cacheDiv true; // cache the div of the RTE equation. //NOTE: Caching div is "only" accurate if the upwind scheme is used //in div(Ji,Ii_h) } solverFreq 1; // Number of flow iterations per radiation iteration \endverbatim The total number of solid angles is 4*nPhi*nTheta. In 1D the direction of the rays is X (nPhi and nTheta are ignored) In 2D the direction of the rays is on X-Y plane (only nPhi is considered) In 3D (nPhi and nTheta are considered) |

**viewFactor**

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Class Foam::radiation::viewFactor Description View factor radiation model. The system solved is: C q = b where: Cij = deltaij/Ej - (1/Ej - 1)Fij q = heat flux b = A eb - Ho and: eb = sigma*T^4 Ej = emissivity Aij = deltaij - Fij Fij = view factor matrix |

**opaqueSolid**

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Class Foam::radiation::opaqueSolid Description Radiation for solid opaque solids - does nothing to energy equation source terms (returns zeros) but creates absorptionEmissionModel and scatterModel. |

**none**

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Class Foam::radiation::noRadiation Description No radiation - does nothing to energy equation source terms (returns zeros) |

The settings of the radiation models are described in * constant/radiationProperties* file.

References |

Thanks! This is very helpful.

It gave me a general idea of what I will be studying

many thanks