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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.
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|Section 1: Introduction to this Course|
Introduction to This Course
This video shows three different thermal solar models. It does not contain any audio, but has text labels explaining each model
|Section 2: Solar Energy Fundamentals|
Solar Energy Fundamentals
Worldwide Weather Data
|Section 3: Software used to Create Thermal Models with Solar Energy|
Radiation Heat Transfer
Software Used for Thermal Models Involving Solar Heating
|Section 4: Detailed Tutorial Problem|
|Lecture 8||54 pages|
This is the workshop problem that will be done during the remainder of this course. You can download it here as a PDF file
Discussion of the workshop that will be done for the remainder of this course. This 54 page workshop was included in the last lecture as a PDF download
Creating the Geometry
Adding Materials and Properties
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
|Section 5: Adding a Near Field Ground Model|
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
|Section 6: Changing the Date and Location of the Model|
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
|Section 7: Using the Design Day Feature for Simulating Worst Cases|
Setting up a Design Day
Rerunning the Model
Viewing the Results
|Section 8: Summary and Conclusions|
Applications for this Type of Simulation
Other Tutorial Workshops on Thermal Modeling
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.