Thermal Simulation and Analysis Software

Creo’s thermal simulation capabilities offer precise analysis, optimizing product designs for thermal performance, reducing errors, and enhancing efficiency.

What is thermal simulation?

Thermal simulation is a crucial process used to analyze and predict how heat is distributed within a designed object or system. Using mathematical models and algorithms to simulate thermal behavior aids in assessing the impact of temperature on various components.

By inputting material properties, environmental conditions, and heat sources, simulations can provide insights into temperature gradients, hotspots, and overall thermal performance. Designs optimized for heat dissipation—preventing overheating—ensure the reliability and safety of any product susceptible to temperature-related issues.

What is thermal analysis?

Thermal analysis in CAD pertains to using CAD software to simulate and assess how a product or system responds to thermal factors. It involves predicting heat distribution, evaluating heat transfer mechanisms like conduction, convection, and radiation, and assessing the impact of temperature variations on materials.

Engineers employ this analysis to ensure that products operate within safe temperature ranges, manage heat-related issues, and prevent mechanical failures. It aids in designing effective thermal management solutions like heat sinks and cooling systems. Thermal analysis in CAD is essential in fields like aerospace, mechanical engineering, and electronics, where precise temperature control and performance are critical.

Benefits of thermal simulation and analysis

Thermal simulation in CAD models during the early stages of product design offers numerous advantages. It helps identify and rectify heat-related issues, ensures optimal component placement, reduces costly redesigns, enhances energy efficiency, extends product lifespan, and ultimately accelerates time to market, leading to more reliable and competitive products.

<span style="background-color: #f3f3f3; color: #323b42;">Thermal simulation in CAD models during the early stages of product design offers numerous advantages. It helps identify and rectify heat-related issues, ensures optimal component placement, reduces costly redesigns, enhances energy efficiency, extends product lifespan, and ultimately accelerates time to market, leading to more reliable and competitive products.</span>

Improved compliance and risk reduction

Thermal simulation and analysis ensure improved compliance by optimizing product performance, reliability, and safety. They help meet regulatory and compliance requirements, enhance energy efficiency, and prevent costly design revisions.

Improved product reliability

Thermal simulation and analysis enhance product reliability by identifying potential thermal stress points, optimizing materials, and mitigating overheating risks. This approach results in products that are more dependable and less prone to failures.

Minimize last-minute design iterations

Thermal simulation and analysis reduce last-minute design iterations by allowing engineers to proactively refine designs, predict thermal issues, and make necessary adjustments early in the development process, saving time, costs, and avoiding delays.

Your options for thermal simulation and analysis

Thermal studies for analysts

Creo Ansys Simulation allows you to simulate thermal conditions. A steady-state thermal analysis calculates effects of constant thermal loads on a model and is used to determine temperatures, heat flow rates, and the heat fluxes in a part.

A steady-state analysis is often a precursor to a transient thermal analysis to determine the initial conditions. Transient thermal analysis, the most common form of thermal analysis, determines the temperature, heat storage, and other thermal quantities in a model due to a time-varying load.

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Thermal studies for design engineers

Designers can incorporate thermal analysis using Creo Simulation Live into their design process to adjust components to meet certain temperature requirements.

This incorporation of simulation when designing is less about going into a full range of full-fidelity simulation tools to guide your design decisions; and more about using accurate, easy-to-use studies that operate in real-time, as you edit parts of your design to quickly gauge whether something will work.

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Thermal simulation and analysis case studies

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Creo Simulation Live (CSL)

Get instant feedback on your design decisions in your CAD environment as you work. Iterate fast, with the confidence that you’ve made the best-informed decisions possible.

Creo Ansys Simulation (CAS)

Integrate Ansys' capabilities for thermal, structural, and modal analyses into Creo, providing easy-to-use, high-fidelity simulations that support design refinement and validation.

Creo Ansys Simulation Advanced (CASA)

Easily run structural and thermal studies together to model thermal expansion. CASA also provides powerful contact options, expanding use cases for nonlinear contact and materials.

Creo Simulation Live (CSL) Get instant feedback on your design decisions in your CAD environment as you work. Iterate fast, with the confidence that you’ve made the best-informed decisions possible. Creo Ansys Simulation (CAS) Integrate Ansys' capabilities for thermal, structural, and modal analyses into Creo, providing easy-to-use, high-fidelity simulations that support design refinement and validation. Creo Ansys Simulation Advanced (CASA) Empower your frontline workers with critical information they need.

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