HVAC Equipment Design

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) is an extremely competitive industry, and the main pressure is to design more effective equipment at a faster rate. Improvements that address noise reduction, energy efficiency, eco-friendly design and reliability are pivotal for HVAC manufacturers trying to get ahead of the competition.

Simulation Driven Product Development using ANSYS software allows designers to analyze the performance of their equipment in a variety of scenarios, without having to build physical prototypes during the preliminary design stages. 

Modeling of airflow across fan device

Courtesy O.Y.L. Research & Development Center.

Flow in a burner

Courtesy John Zink Company, a division of Koch Engineering Company, Inc.

ANSYS technology incorporates extensive capabilities across multiple disciplines, so engineers can apply mechanical, fluids and multiphysics tools to a wide range of HVAC equipment design, including:

  • Air cleaning equipment
  • Air conditioners
  • Air handlers
  • Burner design/boilers
  • Chillers
  • Diffusers
  • Heat exchangers/coils
  • Humidifiers/dehumidifiers
  • Heating equipment
  • Pumps/blowers, fans and compressors/exhausters
  • Refrigeration

Designing HVAC components requires complex computer-aided design (CAD) assemblies. Software from ANSYS allows tight CAD connections for accessing geometry and material parameters. The simulation software enables engineers and designers to import full 3-D CAD models into the ANSYS Workbench environment, where they can view and analyze 3-D product designs. Productivity tools such as automatic contact detection offer an easy way to set up testing, giving designers more time to focus on design decisions.

Staying ahead of the competition requires innovation and efficient product development. Virtual simulation capabilities from ANSYS offer faster, more cost-efficient design. Simulation-driven product development can speed the time to market and save tremendously on production costs.