Opera-3d Thermal Analysis Module
About the module
- perfect insulator
- fixed temperature
- heat flux
- heat transfer
- combination of the above
Users can choose to deploy the thermal module in stand-alone mode, with the user defining the distribution of heat input, or in a multi-physics simulation with other OPERA-3d modules providing the distribution of heat. It is possible to include multiple heat sources (for example eddy current heating and iron losses in a motor) in a single calculation, and the thermal module will calculate the temperature distribution in the model, which may modify the electromagnetic solution (if material properties are temperature dependent). By using the 3d Stress Analysis Module, users can analyse the stress induced by thermal expansion. The deformation caused can be used in subsequent thermal and electromagnetic simulations.
Modeller and Post Processor
The Modeller allows users to create models, define material properties, set boundary conditions and excitations, define emitters, create the mesh and launch the calculation. Users can build models from primitive shapes using Boolean operations, or import geometry from other CAD programs for which a range of I/O filters is available. A library of characteristics offers the user the opportunity to select from material data or input from user data.
The Opera-3d mesh generator can create hexahedral, prism and tetrahedral meshes (with the mesh existing as a mixtures of types). Users can save themselves time and inconvenience by implementing automatic meshing, which requiring little or no user setting in many cases. The generator offers sophisticated facilities to finely control the mesh where required.
The Post Processor can be used to interrogate solutions, which are conveniently stored in a database.
- Charged particle devices
- Electromagnetic brakes
- Induction heating
- Induction welding
- Cool down of superconducting magnets
- Full 3d modeling
- Transient and steady state thermal analysis
- Linear and non-linear materials
- Isotropic and anisotropic materials
- Interfaces to CAD/CAM
- Extendible Post-Processing
- 3D model views from any angle
- Graphs, histograms and contour maps of the solution
- Contours of the results on any surface
- Thermal gradients
- Heat flux
- User defined functions
- Surface and volume integrals