Flow Resistance (TL)

General resistance in a thermal liquid branch

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• Simscape / Foundation Library / Thermal Liquid / Elements

• Description

The Flow Resistance (TL) block models a general pressure drop in a thermal-liquid network branch. The pressure drop is proportional to the square of the mass flow rate. The constant of proportionality is determined from a nominal operating condition specified in the block dialog box.

Use this block when the only data available for a component is the typical pressure drop and flow rate. This block is useful for representing complex components, where it is difficult to determine theoretical pressure loss from the geometry.

Mass Balance

The volume of fluid inside the flow resistance is assumed to be negligible. The mass flow rate in through one port must then exactly equal the mass flow rate out through the other port:

${\stackrel{˙}{m}}_{\text{A}}+{\stackrel{˙}{m}}_{\text{B}}=0,$

where ${\stackrel{˙}{m}}_{\text{A}}$ and ${\stackrel{˙}{m}}_{\text{B}}$ are defined as the mass flow rates into the component through ports A and B, respectively.

Energy Balance

Energy can enter and leave the flow resistance through the thermal liquid ports only. No heat exchange occurs between the wall and the environment. In addition, no work is done on or by the fluid. The energy flow rate in through one port must then exactly equal the energy flow rate out through the other port:

${\varphi }_{\text{A}}+{\varphi }_{\text{B}}=0,$

where ϕA and ϕB are the energy flow rates into the flow resistance through ports A and B.

Momentum Balance

The pressure drop is assumed proportional to the square of the mass flow rate. The square of the mass flow rate is linearized in a small laminar flow region near zero flow, resulting in

${p}_{A}-{p}_{B}=K{\stackrel{˙}{m}}_{A}\sqrt{{\stackrel{˙}{m}}_{\text{A}}^{2}+{\stackrel{˙}{m}}_{\text{lam}}^{2}},$

where:

• pA and pB are pressures at ports A and B, respectively.

• ${\stackrel{˙}{m}}_{lam}$ is the mass flow rate threshold for laminar transition.

K is the proportionality constant,

$K=\frac{\Delta {p}_{nom}}{{\stackrel{˙}{m}}_{nom}^{2}},$

where Δpnom is the Nominal pressure drop parameter value and $\stackrel{˙}{m}$nom is the Nominal mass flow rate parameter value.

Ports

Conserving

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Port through which the thermal liquid enters or exits the flow resistance.

Port through which the thermal liquid enters or exits the flow resistance.

Parameters

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Pressure drop from inlet to outlet at a known operating condition. The block uses the nominal parameters to calculate the constant of proportionality between the pressure drop and the mass flow rate.

Mass flow rate through the component at a known operating condition. The block uses the nominal parameters to calculate the constant of proportionality between the pressure drop and the mass flow rate.

Flow area at the ports of the flow resistance. The ports are assumed to be identical in size.

Ratio of the threshold mass flow rate to the nominal mass flow rate. The block uses this parameter to calculate the threshold mass flow rate—and ultimately to set the limits of linearization for the pressure drop.