With the growth of modern electronics, the traditional mechanical systems in aircrafts, both commercial and military, are being replaced by their faster, smarter, competitive electrical and electronic systems.
The increasing use of composite materials that exhibit highly sensitive thermal behavior compared to traditional metals, coupled with increased functionality of avionics, has also led to the outburst of electronic systems in aircraft.
The integration of specialized electrical and electronics systems within the ever-shrinking available space inside the aircraft comes with demanding thermal management challenges.
Thermal management at multiple levels is a key design aspect in all areas of aerospace & defense – be it commercial, military, space, rotorcraft or unmanned. CD-adapco products offer integrated, multi-physics capabilities for thermal management analysis in a streamlined process, allowing efficient, accurate analysis of thermal behavior, in addition to flow and stress, in a single environment.
STAR-CCM+, CD-adapco’s multi-purpose solver, offers simulation capabilities in these key areas of thermal management:
Key technology capabilities within STAR-CCM+ include convection, conduction, radiation and conjugate heat transfer (CHT). STAR-CCM+ offers accurate simulation models for fluid convection (natural/forced, steady/transient, incompressible/compressible), solid conduction (steady/transient) and radiation (surface to surface, participating medium, solar). The ability to simulate fully-coupled conjugate heat transfer, including simultaneous conduction, convection, radiation and thermal stress, is also available.