Rapid Modeling of Thermohydraulic Systems
Sinaps allows the user to work with a SINDA/FLUINT model visually, reducing the learning curve and speeding the model building process. Because it is a complete pre and post-processor, it facilitates the reporting of results and the sharing of models between engineers. Thermal and fluid networks are sketched on the screen using pop-up menus and fill-in forms to quickly build and maintain complex models. Models can be validated, SINDA/FLUINT runs can be launched, and results can be displayed directly on your sketch via coloring and other post processing operations, all without leaving the Sinaps environment.
Model creation is quick and simple using the toolbars and built in smart click-and-drop methods. Network objects can be selected from the toolbars and dropped onto the network. Links (flow paths and heat paths) can be created by drawing links between objects. Based on default settings and object types, Sinaps automatically creates the proper type of link. Several layout and organization features such as layers, collections, clones, zoom, etc. provide organization for large networks.
The Case Manager in Sinaps supports system modeling by streamlining the creation and management of multiple design cases for a master model. The Case Manager provides direct access to control parameters for convergence criteria along with various solution options, case-specific user-definable logic blocks, and post processing options. The case manager also allows the creation of case-level overrides for user-defined variables (registers) and fluid descriptions.
A thermophysical property database file stores material property information. The database supports the ability to define temperature dependent properties and allows the import of thermophysical property databases from Thermal Desktop. Scaling factors are included on all property definitions to support sensitivity studies, parametric design, model correlation, and goal seeking. The Model Browser provides a summary of the model network in hierarchical tree format. Using the model browser, the user can quickly navigate the model tree to locate objects for editing or highlighting in the network diagram.