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Thermal simulation

Use comprehensive thermal simulation capabilities to help you understand thermal characteristics in order to customize your thermal management solution.

Maintain optimal thermal performance

Thermal management is a major consideration for a wide range of products, including industrial machinery, automobiles and consumer electronics. The objective of any thermal management solution is to maintain a product’s temperature within a range that is optimal for performance. Accomplishing this may require the removal or addition of heat, either passively or in an actively managed fashion, and this can be evaluated using thermal simulation software.

Simcenter includes comprehensive, best-in-class thermal simulation capabilities that can help you understand the thermal characteristics of your product and, subsequently, tailor your thermal management solution for optimal performance.

Thermal simulation capabilities

Conduction heat transfer

Thermal conduction occurs when heat transfers through a solid, from the higher-temperature to lower-temperature regions. This happens spontaneously and continues until a state of thermal equilibrium is attained. Typical examples of conduction in everyday life include the handle of a pot of boiling water getting hot, the increase in temperature of the outer wall of a copper pipe as hot water passes through it, or the spontaneous chill you experience when you consume a spoonful of ice cream.

Understanding conduction behavior can help you design safer, more dependable and better performing products. Simcenter places robust conductive heat transfer analysis capabilities at your fingertips.

Thermal conduction heat transfer graphic from the Simcenter software.

Convection heat transfer

Convection is a major heat transfer pathway that is present in a wide range of applications, processes and natural phenomena. Many products rely on a robust heat management strategy for optimal performance and durability. Optimizing convective heat transfer in these devices, either by strategic placement of components or the use of other working fluids, is a complex problem. Simcenter offers robust capabilities for addressing convection in the design of products.

A visual of Simcenter software optimizing convective heat transfer.

Radiation heat transfer

Radiative heat transfer occurs when objects radiate electromagnetic energy due to temperature. This energy, typically located in the infrared region of the wave spectrum, is also known as thermal radiation.

Simcenter provides you with the capabilities to solve the most complex problems involving radiative heat transfer.

Car headlight graphic from the Simcenter software.

Space systems thermal analyses

Understand and predict thermal physics for space-bound, orbiting and interplanetary vehicles. Use a comprehensive set of tools to perform orbital thermal analyses to resolve engineering challenges early in the design process.

A visual of a globe from the Simcenter software.
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Thermal simulation

Improve hot section performance through better combustor design and more efficient turbine blade cooling.

Thermal simulation of a turbine