ANSYS Advantage - Volume X, Issue 1, 2016
Designing cutting-edge products today often means ensuring operation under extreme conditions including temperatures. Failure to properly manage heat can be costly because it can lead to inefficiency in energy use, sub-optimal performance, and even equipment failure, with potential safety and health implications. This issue of ANSYS Advantage explores how companies across a wide range of industries are using simulation for thermal management early in the development process so that issues do not develop later.
EditorialDesigning Hot Products
When developing a new product, managing its thermal signature releases/absorbs in its operating environment — is important for aesthetic and economic reasons. Engineering simulation can help you to find this optimum value and create a long-lasting product that performs well.
NewsSimulation in the News
A roundup of media articles on engineering simulation.
Best PracticesBeat the Heat
All products and processes have a thermal comfort zone — a range of temperatures in which they work most efficiently.
Consumer GoodsFull Steam Ahead
Startup Nebia is poised to transform the experience of taking a shower.
Thought LeaderCooling Trend
As consumer electronics manufacturers squeeze more and more functionality into smaller and smaller packages, thermal management is a critical design consideration.
Aerospace and DefenseClimate Control Gets Elevated
Extreme temperature and pressure differences outside the aircraft while in flight and on the ground must be accommodated to keep passengers comfortable and safe.
Using a reduced-order method, engineers at Fairchild Semiconductor have been able to decrease development time for electronic components for electric and hybrid electric vehicles.
TurbomachineryWeaving In and Out
Turbines need to run at very high temperatures to reduce fuel burn, but they require internal cooling to maintain structural integrity and meet service-life requirements.
AutomotiveKeeping the Block Cool
As cars become more complex, companies that manufacture the supporting electronic systems must make them reliable and safe.
AutomotiveUnder the Hood
The electronics in modern automobiles must operate in a high-temperature, underhood environment without sacrificing performance or reliability.
Consumer GoodsLighting the Way
To manage heat removal for LED lights, DuPont engineers used ANSYS CFD simulation to accurately predict temperatures within their proprietary substrate – information that could not be gained without simulation.
EnergyPowering a Home with Fuel Cells
Home-based electricity generation is possible using a fuel cell system. Panasonic Corporation applied simulation to help reduce the cost of these systems to make them more commercially feasible.
The ANSYS integrated turbomachinery design platform enabled a rotating machinery company to design a centrifugal compressor with a potential for 2 to 5 percent energy savings during wastewater treatment operations.
ConstructionAhead of the Curve
Simulation software flexibility drastically reduced the time to perform structural analysis of a railway station with complex curves.
Oticon uses multiphysics simulation to advance the personalization of hearing aid performance.
SolutionsTaking the Heat
A new approach to simplifying ECAD geometry makes it practical to predict warping and dynamics of PCBs under thermal loading.
ANSYS software simulates stress and strain on bones of individual patients to study a new hip-implantation method.
HealthcareJoined at the Hip
ANSYS simulation helps to determine the hip implant position that will provide the best integration with bone.
Art ConservationLightning Strikes More than Once
Multiphysics simulation can help predict where damage is likely to occur, and lightning rods can then be installed to protect the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro.