Flow around the refrigerator in the igloo (ice chamber)

Update: June 1, 2017
OpenFOAM 4.x

Case directory



We calculate the steady state of the flow around the refrigerator in the igloo (ice chamber). The temperature of the walls and floor of the igloo is assumed to be 265 K and the surface of the refrigerator is assumed to be 303 K. There is no fluid flow into or out of the analysis domain.

Model geometry Model geometry

The magnitude and direction of the gravity acceleration can be specified in the file constant/g as follows.

dimensions      [0 1 -2 0 0 0 0];
value           (0 -9.81 0);

The meshes are as follows, and the number of mesh is 42536.

Mesh Meshes
Mesh Cut meshes

The calculation result is as follows.

Flow velocity (U) Flow velocity (U)
Temperature (T) Temperature (T)


cp -r $FOAM_TUTORIALS/heatTransfer/buoyantBoussinesqSimpleFoam/iglooWithFridges iglooWithFridges
cd iglooWithFridges

snappyHexMesh -overwrite


Calculation time

2 minutes 2.11 seconds *Single, Inter(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz 3.40GHz