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The PHOENICS wall-distance calculator

The following panels show how the PHOENICS wall-distance calculator represents the distribution of distance from the walls of a duct of modestly complex shape, in circumstances in which multi-blocking and fine- grid embedding are also being employed.

The distance BETWEEN walls is also computed, exactly when the term has a precise meaning, and plausibly where, as in corners, it does not.

The multi-block grid
The distance from the wall
The distance between the walls

The distance-to-walls and distance-between-walls feature is UNIQUE to PHOENICS.

It is extensively exploited by HOTBOX, the special- purpose version of PHOENICS which is used for the simulation of electronics-cooling situations, where the space through which the air must flow is "cluttered" with solid objects.