THERMAL ANALYSIS & SIMULATION

Acrolab considers simulation and analysis to be as integral to process engineering as product design and development. As a result, we provide services that deliver the value to our customers that we would expect to deliver within our own thermal engineering business.

The market is continually requiring components and new materials to function predictably in extreme and physically demanding environments. Aerospace and automotive are particularly demanding environments pushing for greater performance from smaller, more efficient and environmentally friendly products.

In all areas, the focus on optimization grows and with it the need to better understand how components and products will operate, not just in use but how their design intent is affected by heating or cooling within the manufacturing process.

Acrolab is experienced in providing detailed thermal analysis to investigate and solve problems caused by conjugate heat transfer. Understanding the thermal properties and actions of fluids and gases and their contribution to effects caused by convection, conduction and radiation support a multitude of contemporary product developments.

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COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN (CAD) TOOLS

Acrolab uses SolidWorks and Autodesk as its CAD software. Acrolab is well-versed in creating simple and complex geometric models and detailed drawings for manufacturing. Acrolab can input or output various file types to assure seamless transition from customers’ software.

FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS (FEA)

Acrolab uses Simerics software as our primary FEA tool. This is used for mechanical analysis as well as thermal studies.

  • Conduction Simulations
  • Thermal Expansion Analysis
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Acrolab uses the Simerics platform as well for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) package. Acrolab leverages its knowledge and experience to determine which package is most appropriate for a given task. Acrolab has found that Simerics, if used correctly, yields accurate results when compared to test data.

SIMERICS-MP® SIMULATION

Simerics-MP Simulation is Acrolab’s primary CFD package used for various conduction, airflow and liquid flow models. Acrolab’s experience with this program, as well as Autodesk Simulation has validated numerous models with recorded test data. Acrolab’s engineering inputs along with the programs accuracy creates high confidence in the results. Acrolab uses this package for many models and applications:

IN-HOUSE MODELING

In addition to commercial software tools, Acrolab has developed in-house models to determine performance on numerous applications. With over a decade of advanced thermal design, Acrolab’s modeling portfolio is extensive:

  • Traditional and Enhanced Heat Pipe Modeling
  • Pumped Two-Phase Cooling
  • Surface Coatings
  • Phase Separation
  • Vapor Compression
  • Thermal Storage
  • Thermoelectric module modeling

Thermal Models:

  • Conduction
  • Natural Convection (Air)
  • Forced Convection (Air)
  • Pumped Liquid
  • Radiation
  • Transient Response
  • Air/Liquid Flow Profiles