A thermal analysis is widely applied with regard to product design. The principles of conduction, convection and radiation are simulated here. Many materials and products have temperature dependent properties; this makes analyzing the impact of heat and ensuring thermal management of structures and fluids crucial in product development.
To reduce costs and time during product development, traditional prototyping and testing have largely been replaced by simulation-driven design processes. As a result, product performance can be predicted easily and quickly with adaptable computer models. At HIGTEC, we can simulate airflow, temperature distribution and heat transfer to analyze and optimize your product early in the design phase.
HIGTEC performs both thermomechanical and heat transfer analyses. In a thermal analysis we take the energy balance of the system in to account. And when investigating thermomechanical components, the effects of thermal loads on solids are analysed. Simulating the stress response to thermal loads and understanding failures is essential for many industrial applications.
Conduction refers to heat transfer between substances (usually solids) that are in indirect contact with each other. In theory, heat energy moves from the hot to the cold end of the substance and is directly related to the conductivity of the material. HIGTEC offers thermal analysis for various types of applications where heat and energy are important study parameters. We can simulate conductivity between different materials and also model temperature dependent conductivity.
Convection refers to the transfer of heat between two areas, through the movement of liquids. It is common in liquids and gases. Convection occurs when liquid molecules absorb heat and change density, leading to convection currents. If you have a complex model and want to make a prediction of the heat transfer, HIGTEC offers you the right analyses.
Radiation is the transfer of heat by electromagnetic waves. Radiation usually plays a role in product design at high temperatures. A properly heated part releases its energy into the environment in the form of radiant heat transfer. The emissivity value depends on the type of surface. Radiation can therefore be used to analyze a heat loss in high temperature components. HIGTEC supports surface to ambient radiation, common in a wide variety of applications.