In Icepak, how do I import boundary conditions (e.g. Power, External heat transfer coefficient, Material) using a CSV file?
Step 1: Locating the variable name for the parameter to be imported. (If you already know the variable name, you can skip this step).
a. Select an object in the Icepak model which is of the same kind (block, plate, and source) of the object that you want to import.
b. Export a CSV file using Icepak export (File > Export > CSV/Excel). Click on the button `Object output options` on this panel.
c. Select the necessary type (Material, No. of sides, Sides, External HTC, Network, Object, Joule Heating, Heat transfer data, Limits, Radiation, Thermal) on the corresponding panel that comes up.
d. Open the CSV file just created in excel/text editor and locate the variable name that corresponds to the parameter you want to import (e.g. Rjb, Rjc, Power).
Step 2: Creating the CSV file.
Create a CSV file (*.csv) in format shown below. We will use the variable name we have identified in Step 1 (power for this example).
# Blocks Prism Object
The above CSV file will input the said power on the objects with the object names specified. This CSV file assumes that you have the block objects in the model with the same names as specified in the CSV file.
Step 3: Importing the data.
a. Use File > Import to import the parameters in the model.
b. Under row import options panel that follows, select `comma` for separator, `Object` for Data type and select the correct object type (`Blocks`). Press import.
c. In the next panel, recheck the table and click import again.
d. Correct property is now applied to the Icepak objects as specified in the CSV file.
Additional Information: 1. This method can be used to import multiple boundary condition inputs from external software.
2. Material, No. of sides, Sides, External HTC, Network, Object, Joule Heating, Heat transfer data, Limits, Radiation, Thermal etc. can be inputted using the method.