Thermal Modeling of Solar Energy Systems

Learn to model thermal systems with solar heating and realistic worldwide weather data
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  • Lectures 34
  • Contents Video: 3.5 hours
    Other: 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 8/2012 English

Course 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.

What are the requirements?

  • Basics physics or engineering background.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • by the end of this course you will be able to use the software for simple solar heating thermal models

What is the target audience?

  • Engineers who have some experience in creating thermal models.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to this Course
Introduction to This Course
09:02
02:39

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
07:07
Worldwide Weather Data
19:10
Ground Models
11:23
Section 3: Software used to Create Thermal Models with Solar Energy
Radiation Heat Transfer
08:11
Software Used for Thermal Models Involving Solar Heating
08:17
Section 4: Detailed Tutorial Problem
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

02:08

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
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
Section 5: Adding a Near Field Ground Model
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
Section 6: Changing the Date and Location of the Model
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
Section 7: Using the Design Day Feature for Simulating Worst Cases
Setting up a Design Day
08:27
Rerunning the Model
05:05
Viewing the Results
11:09
Section 8: Summary and Conclusions
Applications for this Type of Simulation
05:35
Other Tutorial Workshops on Thermal Modeling
06:33

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Instructor Biography

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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