The temperature gauge on a speedometer.


Thermal system simulation

Study thermal interactions in complex systems and optimize thermal management.

Design and optimize thermal management systems

Keeping the temperature of components within the optimal operating range, evacuating excess heat or reusing it to improve performance and efficiency is an inherent challenge for today’s complex systems. To help you address thermal integration issues, Simcenter offers you a comprehensive set of solutions that cover the whole design cycle from predesign stage to final validation.

Simcenter helps maximize thermal performance such as comfort in cars, planes or rooms, while optimizing energy efficiency. You can use the software to represent the real operating environment of your system, including interactions with surroundings when designing and validating your temperature control strategies. Additionally, Simcenter enables you to study the integration of energy recovery systems and their impact on performance and energy consumption. You can also benefit from the advanced post-processing features to graphically visualize energy flows in your system.

Race to the clouds: Battery thermal behavior simulation of a Tesla Model 3

Simulate the Pikes Peak Hill Climb with a Tesla Model 3 and understand the battery thermal behavior.

Thermal system simulation capabilities

Study and optimize the design of air conditioning loops or heat-pump systems, evaluate the cabin cool down or heating processes, check the impact of exterior conditions and technological choices on the air temperature and humidity in the cabin, and assess human thermal comfort sensation.

Read about HVAC and vehicle cabin comfort simulation

Dashboard of HVAC and vehicle cabin comfort simulation.

Optimize range and cabin comfort by managing thermal energy while keeping under control the temperature of critical subsystems such as the battery or the electric motor. Simcenter enables you to model electrical and thermal aspects of every car subsystem. Thanks to tight integration with Simcenter STAR-CCM+ computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technologies, you can benefit from advanced heat exchanger stacking analysis.

Dashboard of electric vehicle thermal management system simulation.

Ensure the comfort of passengers and crew in aircraft, ships, submarines, trains and battle tanks. Simcenter Amesim helps design the cabin, bleed system control, global energy management, air conditioning, ventilation circuit and carbon dioxide bottle discharge systems. The solution enables you to take into account temperature, humidity, pressure and change of pressure rate in dynamic conditions. It helps you design systems with higher efficiency, lower weight and volume, and reduced energy consumption.

Flowchart and graphics of Environmental control systems.

Model any type of thermal management systems by simulating heat transfer between solids, liquids and gas, as well as phase change phenomena with Simcenter. Benefit from a comprehensive set of components such as pumps, thermostats or heat exchangers to accurately study the transient behavior of your system. Simcenter enables you to size components and compare different architectures or control strategies while accounting for thermal interactions between different subsystems.

Schematics visual from the Simcenter Amesim software.

Combine maximum thermal safety with high energy efficiency. Simcenter helps you ensure the engine is correctly cooled down by optimizing heat-exchangers, pumps and thermostats. Optimize warm-up phases, control strategies and integration with the HVAC system, all in a single, user-friendly simulation environment. You will even be able to evaluate disruptive technologies such as phase change materials or advanced heat recovery systems.

Dashboard of vehicle and engine thermal management system simulation.