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Water heater control system simulation in LabVIEW

QuickField simulation example

Problem Type
Axisymmetric multiphysics problem of transient heat transfer coupled to transient heat transfer.

Heater Insulation Water

Insulation thermal conductivity λ = 0.1 W/K-m,
Initial temperature T0 = 20°C,
Required water temperature T = 70°C (±5°C),
Ambient air temperature 20°C, convection coefficient 3 W/K-m²,
Heater power Q = 2 kW.

Simulate the control system operation and make a temperature vs. time plot

In QuickField it is possible to connect non-stationary thermal problems and transfer the temperature distribution from one problem to another one. Coupled problems share the geometric model file, but can have different data files and simulate different time intervals. So you can create a long chain of problems to simulate series of switching heating/cooling processes.
To implement the control system, two problems were connected in a closed loop: the second problem takes the temperature distribution from the first problem results, and the first problem takes the temperatures from the second problem results. Thus, if both problems are simulated one-by-one, then a certain time interval of the transient thermal process is modelled.
The control system works through the QuickField application programming interface (API) and launches simulation loop, measures the temperature at the end of the cycle, counts the number of cycles passed (total process time), and also connects one of two data files to the currently simulated problem. In one data file, the source power is zero, in another data file it is rated. By changing the link to the data file, either the heating process or the cooling process is simulated.

Control the workflow in Labview and plot the temperature vs time

New version QuickField 6.6