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Flow & Thermal Design

To meet strict energy regulations, machines need to maximize the energy they consume.  Excessive heat generated by a machine means inefficient use of energy, can reduce the life of your machine, reduce performance and can negatively impact the surrounding environment. That’s why it is important to engineer the thermal performance of your machines from the earliest stages of development. Siemens PLM Software has thermal and energy solutions that can help you at every step of the development process, from system modeling to coupled thermal-fluid simulation of cooling systems to simulation of how temperature will affect machine components.

To meet strict energy regulations, machines need to maximize the energy they consume.  Excessive heat generated by a machine means inefficient use of energy, can reduce the life of your machine, reduce performance and can negatively impact the surrounding environment. That’s why it is important to engineer the thermal performance of your machines from the earliest stages of development. Siemens PLM Software has thermal and energy solutions that can help you at every step of the development process, from system modeling to coupled thermal-fluid simulation of cooling systems to simulation of how temperature will affect machine components.

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Thermal and energy performance is a critical attribute that your end customers will use to select the best machine for their needs. Ever tightening environmental and emissions regulations mean that you cannot ignore the thermal performance of your machines.  Simulation can help you understand how the thermal performance of your machine from the earliest stages of development so you don’t have costly re-designs at the end of your development cycle.

Siemens PLM Software’s simulation solutions are used to tackle complete conceptual studies as well as detailed subsystem and system-level performance validation. Our 1D systems simulation solutions are an ideal place to start to explore how different drive choices will impact machine performance and energy regulations. For more detailed work, our 3D and CFD solutions can be used to investigate machine cooling systems, including cooling fan efficiency, as well as optimizing surrounding environment thermal comfort. Another possibility is to combine these two solutions creating a co-simulation CFD and 1D model to examine the complete integrated energy management system, including controls strategy assessment.

Solution Capabilities

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Electrics

Benefit from off-the-shelves models for batteries, fuel cells, power converters, linear actuators and electric motors to build any kind of electrical device architecture. Using a multi-physics, multi-level, scalable and flexible approach, you can address many engineering issues like the design of the thermal management system, the assessment of the system performance or efficiency with realistic mechanical or hydraulic loads, as well as the design and validation of your control.

Engineering & Consulting

Accelerate product development and solve the toughest problems with scalable help from engineering and consulting services.

Fluid Dynamics Simulation

Siemens provides industry leading computational fluid dynamics software allows you to simulate almost any engineering problem that involves the flow of liquids, gases (or a combination of both), together with all of the associated physics.

Fluids

Assess the overall behavior of hydraulic or pneumatic systems and components. Our system simulation software comes with a set of predefined functional components for pumps, compressors, valves and actuators, as well as with a series of detailed geometry-based components. You can study the evolution of pressures, flow rates and temperatures in the complete system, and analyze the performance of specific components (valves or pumps), taking into account compressible flow, mixtures of gases, thermal effects, aeration and cavitation.

Multi-physics Simulation

Complex industrial problems require solutions that span a multitude of physical phenomena, which often can only be solved using simulation techniques that cross several engineering disciplines.

Thermal Simulation

Siemens simulation software includes comprehensive, best-in-class thermal simulation capabilities that can help you to understand the thermal characteristics of your product and subsequently tailor your thermal management solution for optimal performance.

Thermodynamics

Model any type of thermal management systems by simulating heat transfer between solids, liquids and gas as well as phase change phenomena. Benefit from a comprehensive set of components such as pumps, thermostats or heat exchangers to accurately study the transient behavior of your system. You can size components and compare different architectures or control strategies while accounting for thermal interactions between different subsystems.

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