Thermal Modeling of Solar Energy Systems

Learn to model thermal systems with solar heating and realistic worldwide weather data
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Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (402 ratings)
14,383 students
3hr 40min of on-demand video
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by the end of this course you will be able to use the software for simple solar heating thermal models


  • Basics physics or engineering background.


This course in an introduction to building thermal models of equipment that is exposed to solar heating and uses weather files from 1000's of locations around the world. Examples would include an airplane sitting on a runway in the sun, electronic equipment exposed to solar heating, passive solar heating of buildings and houses, solar power plants or heating of automobile dashboards.

This class is based on MSC Software's Patran, Sinda and Thermica. If you have access to these packages you will be able to complete the step by step tutorial problem. If you don't have access to the software, you will still learn the process of creating a thermal model with solar heating.

Who this course is for:

  • Engineers who have some experience in creating thermal models.


Ron Behee
  • 4.3 Instructor Rating
  • 402 Reviews
  • 14,383 Students
  • 1 Course

Ron Behee has been involved in thermal modeling since 1973. Ron has a BS and Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly University with additional years of graduate studies at Arizona State University.

Ron has worked mostly in the aerospace industry modeling spacecraft, missiles, and electronic packages. He has worked as a thermal engineer on numerous space programs for private industry and NASA. For 20 years, Ron had his own company and developed the thermal analyzer called SINDA/G. He has also taught thermal modeling classes in over a dozen different countries.

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