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What Does (φ) Flux and T1 stand for?

This article is intended to clarify the confusion regarding the (φ) Flux and T1 terms occuring in simulations involving passive scalar sources.

What Is (φ) Flux Term?

Flux is a non-dimensional parameter, which represents the concentration. Because this parameter has no influence on fluid properties, the user can define it as a percentage (%), ppm (parts per million), ppb (parts per billion), Watts, or any other concentration unit.

Flux can be defined in two ways:

  • (φ) Flux: Concentration per unit time \([1/s]\)
  • (φ) Flux: Concentration per unit volume \([1/m^3s]\)

What Is T1 Term?

If you are using SimScale’s old post-processor then T1 is a parameter in solution fields, representing the passive scalar concentration inside the domain. The unit of T1 is the same as flux defined in passive scalar sources in Advanced concepts or the passive scalar value defined in Boundary conditions (shown below).

passive scalar sources can be defined as inlet bc
Figure 1: Passive scalar sources can be defined as faces while defining boundary conditions. For multiple sources, define each value individually for each face (shown here as Value 1 for inlet face).
using isovolumes to visualize passive scalar concentration T1 within a specific range
Figure 2: In the old post-processor, T1 represents the same flux that you defined either using advanced concepts or boundary conditions. In the post-processor, use Isovolumes filter to see the concentration/flux.

The above examples are from SimScale’s tutorial Contamination of Power Plant. Make sure to go through it.

To learn more about passive scalar sources and how to apply them inside the Workbench follow this documentation.


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Last updated: November 26th, 2020

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