Controlling temperature is critical to the efficiency, reliability, safety and durability of many products and processes. For example, running a chemical reactor at less than the appropriate temperature may reduce the product yield, while running at too high a temperature might cause a dangerous runaway reaction. Simulation can improve thermal management of products and processes by enabling engineers to understand the root cause of thermal problems so they can quickly correct them. Simulation also makes it practical to evaluate a wide range of alternative designs to optimize the design and ensure its safety under many different operating scenarios.
Single physics solutions with relatively simple physical models are sufficient for some thermal management challenges. But many thermal management applications do not meet all of the assumptions on which the simpler models are based. Furthermore, many thermal management applications live at the intersection of multiple physics — for example, a case where heat from a fluid is transferred to a solid structure and later dissipated into the air — so they cannot be solved by single physics solutions. ANSYS provides more insightful solutions to a much wider range of thermal management problems. It does this by offering more powerful single physics solvers along with the ability to tie together multiple single-physics solvers to provide accurate answers to virtually any thermal problem. Thermal management is a critical computational fluid dynamics (CFD) app that you have to get right.Read the application brief