It’s too HOT! How Thermal Analysis Services reduce the heat in product design

In this article we look at why designers, engineers, and manufacturers rely on our Thermal Analysis Services to ensure their product design won’t overheat and fail.

Designing your product to operate at the right temperature can be crucial to its success. Whether you’re creating goods for the consumer market, military applications, industrial machinery, transportation, medical — you name it — the ability of your product to maintain desired temperatures can make or break a product…and your reputation.

  • How do you make sure your product can meet its temperature expectations?
  • How do you manage excessive heat in lighting and electronics?
  • How do you design vehicle HVAC systems to keep their occupants comfortable?
  • How do you make sure that your equipment won’t overheat and fail on the plant floor or in the field?

The historical solution

Testing the physical prototypes is the popular answer to these questions. But these take time and there is a related expense with each production. Regardless of your industry, with every passing year deadlines grow shorter, customer expectations grow, and the competition gets better. Physical prototypes and testing are always going to be required for many products however, limiting the amount of money and time you spend on them is crucial for budgets and schedules. You need an edge.

The modern simulation software solution

If you’ve done any research into managing thermal issues in engineering, you may be familiar with computational fluid dynamics, or CFD found in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. This software is capable of simulating your product before it’s built to find out how it will perform thermally.

It can capture heat transfer through conduction (contact), convection (moving air or liquid), and radiation (electromagnetic waves between bodies or from the sun). CFD enables product development organizations to experiment with many more “what if” experiments than they could possibly afford to do with physical prototypes. Even more powerful is the ability to interrogate CFD results to find out WHY your product is behaving the way it is. This level of insight is only available with CFD – not in physical testing. This gives you the power to intelligently design to address thermal issues.

Simulation software

Simulation software

Is CFD for everybody?

CFD was initially the tool of choice for academics and analysts. It was complex to use, and it required deep knowledge and understanding of the underlying physical, mathematical, and computer science principles. Over the past two decades, this tool has been refined and improved to the point that engineers at most any company can now use it.

If you have personnel that can commit to regular (not necessarily daily or even weekly) usage of the software and if you have enough projects to justify the investment, then owning CFD may be your solution. But if not then TriMech’s Thermal Analysis Services could be the solution you need.

A CFD solution you can work with

Even if you can’t justify the investment in CFD software, the CFD solution is still available to you. The Project Engineering Group (PEG) at TriMech exists to help engineers and designers address product design issues that they may not have the ability to address themselves. Whether the problem requires technology or expertise that they do not possess, or if the organization has the technology and skills but not the time, PEG is ready to help.

When it comes to helping you address your thermal and fluid flow challenges, the CFD experts from TriMech’s PEG have decades of experience using CFD.

Our Thermal Analysis Services have helped organizations solve thermal engineering problems for a variety of disciplines: electronics cooling, heating and cooling of occupied spaces (buildings and vehicles), lighting systems, engine and motor cooling, heat distribution in ovens and freezers, and much more.

Cooling Analysis

Cooling Analysis

We work as an extension of your design team

We bring the CFD expertise, and you bring the product expertise. We help you scope the project at the beginning and keep you in the loop throughout the simulation process to make sure we are working together on a solution. This ensures that we make the most efficient use of time and money by only pursuing solutions that you know are practical. We pride ourselves on providing innovative solutions and saving our clients both time and money.

TriMech’s Thermal Analysis Services are designed to address thermal concerns in both the design process and in cases where an existing product needs to be enhanced to meet a specific need. Having the right people working with you to solve those problems can save you time and money, and even find novel solutions.

Next time you find yourself faced with an issue of temperature in your product or its design, please keep us in mind. We’re here to give you the CFD firepower you need to address your thermal concerns.

Do you need Thermal Analysis Services?

TriMech’s Project Engineering Group is built to be an extension of our clients’ engineering departments to help with a sudden surge of engineering work or to provide the expertise that those clients may only need occasionally. The simulation engineers on the team have decades of experience working with a wide variety of industries.

Naturally, we help clients at any stage in their design process, but we pride ourselves on being able to help organizations quickly address the unexpected. If you find yourself in a spot where you need to solve a design problem quickly – before or after it leaves the manufacturing floor – just let us know.

Rob Taylor

Rob Taylor

Rob Taylor has been with TriMech Project Engineering Group (PEG) since 2020, and has established himself as a highly skilled simulation project engineer. His area of expertise is in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), which is a branch of fluid mechanics that uses numerical methods and algorithms to analyze problems that involve fluid flows.
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