Thermal Modeling of Solar Energy Systems
- 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.
- Engineers who have some experience in creating thermal models.
- Introduction to This Course09:02
- Examples Thermal Models02:39
- Solar Energy Fundamentals07:07
- Worldwide Weather Data19:10
- Ground Models11:23
- Radiation Heat Transfer08:11
- Software Used for Thermal Models Involving Solar Heating08:17
- Tutorial Workshop Problem PDF File54 pages
- Introduction to the Tutorial workshop02:08
- Creating the Geometry05:29
- Adding Materials and Properties06:33
- Thermal Radiation Loads04:37
- Environment Simulation Module (ESM) Setup09:31
- Running the model for the first time12:39
- Viewing the Results02:43
- Rerunning the Thermal Model in the Background08:24
- Creating the Geometry for the Near Field Ground (NFG)04:04
- Adding Material Properties for the NFG Model01:23
- Meshing the Ground Model02:08
- Creating Temperature and Radiation Loads for the NFG Model07:34
- ESM Setup for NFG Model02:35
- Running the Thermal Model08:35
- Viewing the Results in Patran11:18
- Viewing the Results in Thermal Studio11:18
- Changing the Date for the Model01:52
- Changing the Location on the Earth03:07
- Running the Thermal Model at the New Location03:48
- Comparing the Results to the Original Location05:05
- Setting up a Design Day08:27
- Rerunning the Model05:05
- Viewing the Results11:09
- Applications for this Type of Simulation05:35
- Other Tutorial Workshops on Thermal Modeling06:33
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.