Thermal analysis is a group of techniques that looks at how the physical properties of materials change with changes in temperature. It’s easy to see where such analysis would be essential, like in aeronautics, medical devices, or consumer electronics. However, most products need some type of thermal analysis.
Thermal analysis for design engineers
Designers can incorporate thermal analysis using Creo Simulation Live in their design process to adjust components in order 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 if something will work or not.
Creo Simulate 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.