FEA Beyond Basics: Thermal Analysis

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is a powerful and well recognized tool used in the analysis of heat transfer problems. However, FEA can only analyze solid bodies and, by necessity thermal analysis with FEA is limited to conductive heat transfer. The other two types of heat transfer: convection and radiation must by approximated by boundary conditions. Modeling all three mechanisms of heat transfer without arbitrary assumption requires a combined use of FEA and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

This three-session web seminar is for FEA users who need to expand thermal analysis to include heat transfer in solids and fluids without the use of arbitrary convective or radiative boundary conditions. The course demonstrates how FEA and CFD work together to solve conjugate heat transfer problems producing results that simulate real life problems.

All topics are illustrated using FEA software, SolidWorks® Simulation, for which participants will be provided a student license (compatible with 64-bit Windows 7 SP1, 8.1, 10; IE 10,11; MS Excel and Word 2010, 2013, 2016) and opportunity to practice skills learned. Acquired skills, however, will not be software specific and no prior exposure to FEA software is required. In-class, hands-on exercises and between-session assignments will provide an opportunity to put what is learned into practice.

What Will You Learn

By participating in this web seminar, you will be able to:
  • Identify mechanisms of heat transfer present in an analysis problem
  • Implement FEA and/or CFD to analyze heat transfer
  • Perform conjugate heat transfer analysis
  • Select applicable modeling techniques
  • Assess and implement results of thermal analysis

Is This Course For You

The course is intended for design engineers who already have a foundational understanding of FEA but need to elevate its use to an advanced level to predict product behavior more closely. Familiarity or experience with FEA equivalent to or as covered in the Finite Element Analysis for Design Engineers web seminar (WB1241) or Finite Element Analysis for Design Engineers on-demand course (PD531241) is recommended.

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Course Requirements

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Session 1
  • Modeling Different Mechanisms of Heat Transfer
  • Steady State Thermal Analysis
  • Transient Thermal Analysis
Session 2
  • Overview of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Comparison between FEA and CFD
  • Internal and External Fluid Flow Problems
  • Interfacing between FEA and CFD
  • Conjugate Heat Flow
Session 3
  • Analysis of Convective Heat Transfer with CFD and FEA
  • Analysis of Radiative Heat Ttransfer with CFD and FEA