Thermal Modeling of Solar Energy Systems

Learn to model thermal systems with solar heating and realistic worldwide weather data
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (356 ratings)
11,611 students
Thermal Modeling of Solar Energy Systems
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (356 ratings)
11,612 students
by the end of this course you will be able to use the software for simple solar heating thermal models

Requirements

  • Basics physics or engineering background.
Description

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.
Course content
8 sections • 34 lectures • 4h 34m total length
  • Introduction to This Course
    09:02
  • Examples Thermal Models
    02:39
  • Solar Energy Fundamentals
    07:07
  • Worldwide Weather Data
    19:10
  • Ground Models
    11:23
  • Radiation Heat Transfer
    08:11
  • Software Used for Thermal Models Involving Solar Heating
    08:17
  • Tutorial Workshop Problem PDF File
    54 pages
  • Introduction to the Tutorial workshop
    02:08
  • Creating the Geometry
    05:29
  • Adding Materials and Properties
    06:33
  • Meshing
    02:47
  • Thermal Radiation Loads
    04:37
  • Environment Simulation Module (ESM) Setup
    09:31
  • Running the model for the first time
    12:39
  • Viewing the Results
    02:43
  • Rerunning the Thermal Model in the Background
    08:24
  • Creating the Geometry for the Near Field Ground (NFG)
    04:04
  • Adding Material Properties for the NFG Model
    01:23
  • Meshing the Ground Model
    02:08
  • Creating Temperature and Radiation Loads for the NFG Model
    07:34
  • ESM Setup for NFG Model
    02:35
  • Running the Thermal Model
    08:35
  • Viewing the Results in Patran
    11:18
  • Viewing the Results in Thermal Studio
    11:18
  • Changing the Date for the Model
    01:52
  • Changing the Location on the Earth
    03:07
  • Running the Thermal Model at the New Location
    03:48
  • Comparing the Results to the Original Location
    05:05
  • Setting up a Design Day
    08:27
  • Rerunning the Model
    05:05
  • Viewing the Results
    11:09
  • Applications for this Type of Simulation
    05:35
  • Other Tutorial Workshops on Thermal Modeling
    06:33

Instructor
Ron Behee
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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.