A 1D loop radiative hydrodynamic model that incorporates the eﬀects of gravitational stratification, heat conduction,\ud radiative losses, external heat input, presence of helium, and Braginskii viscosity is used to simulate elementary flare loops. The physical parameters for the input are taken from observations of the Bastille-Day flare of 2000 July 14. The present analysis shows that: a) the obtained maximum values of the electron density can be considerably higher (4.2 × 10 11 cm −3 or more) in the case of footpoint heating than in the case of apex heating (2.5 × 10 11 cm −3); b) the average cooling time after the flare peak takes less time in the case of footpoint heating than in the case of apex heating; c) the peak apex temperatures are significantly lower (by about 10 MK) for the case of footpoint heating than for apex heating (for the same average loop temperature of about 30 MK). This characteristic would allow to discriminate between diﬀerent heating positioning; d) in both cases (of apex and footpoint heating), the maximum obtained apex temperature T\ud max is practically independent of the heating duration σ t , but scales directly with the heating rate E H0 ; e) the maximum obtained densities at the loop apex, n max e,\ud increase with the heating rate E H0 and heating duration σ t for both footpoint and apex heating. In Paper II we will use the outputs of these hydrodynamic simulations, which cover a wide range of the parameter space of heating rates and durations, as an input for forward-fitting of the multi-loop arcade of the Bastille-day flare.\u
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