Thermal Modeling of Solar Energy Systems

Learn to model thermal systems with solar heating and realistic worldwide weather data
Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (333 ratings)
11,086 students
Thermal Modeling of Solar Energy Systems
Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (333 ratings)
11,086 students
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.
8 sections • 34 lectures • 4h 34m total length
  • Introduction to This Course
  • Examples Thermal Models
  • Solar Energy Fundamentals
  • Worldwide Weather Data
  • Ground Models
  • Radiation Heat Transfer
  • Software Used for Thermal Models Involving Solar Heating
  • Tutorial Workshop Problem PDF File
  • Introduction to the Tutorial workshop
  • Creating the Geometry
  • Adding Materials and Properties
  • Meshing
  • Thermal Radiation Loads
  • Environment Simulation Module (ESM) Setup
  • Running the model for the first time
  • Viewing the Results
  • Rerunning the Thermal Model in the Background
  • Creating the Geometry for the Near Field Ground (NFG)
  • Adding Material Properties for the NFG Model
  • Meshing the Ground Model
  • Creating Temperature and Radiation Loads for the NFG Model
  • ESM Setup for NFG Model
  • Running the Thermal Model
  • Viewing the Results in Patran
  • Viewing the Results in Thermal Studio
  • Changing the Date for the Model
  • Changing the Location on the Earth
  • Running the Thermal Model at the New Location
  • Comparing the Results to the Original Location
  • Setting up a Design Day
  • Rerunning the Model
  • Viewing the Results
  • Applications for this Type of Simulation
  • Other Tutorial Workshops on Thermal Modeling

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.