Advanced Design

C&R Technologies is dedicated to producing software tools that not only help thermal/fluid engineers produce analytical answers but also product solutions. Whether you are using the nongeometric analyzers or the CAD-based geometric analyzers, you can apply advanced techniques that transcend traditional steady state and transient simulations.

With our advanced techniques, the uncertainties that abound in thermal/fluid modeling can be treated by a combination of calibration to available test data, and a statistical evaluation of the influence of the remaining uncertainties. Automated techniques are available to assist in both tasks. Traditional steady state or transient "point design evaluation" analyses then become a subprocess of a larger system that provides decision support at a higher lever.

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Parametric Modeling:  Rapid Changes, Sensitivities

  • Use algebraic expressions and spreadsheet-like variables instead of hard-wired numbers as inputs
  • Make rapid and consistent model changes not only between runs, but also during a simulation run
  • Find out how easy and important it is to make parametric variations, to perform sensitivity analyses, and to answer what-if questions

Optimization:  Design Synthesis

  • Size dimensions, select and locate components, and find an optimal design solution
  • Designate variables to be sized or selected, objectives to be met, constraints and limits to be obeyed, and an arbitrarily complex solution procedure with which to evaluate candidate designs. The software automatically searches for the best viable design

Size, Select, Locate, Optimize

Automated Model Calibration to Test Data

  • Adjust uncertainties in a model automatically, correlating to available test data
  • Designate uncertain inputs, limits on their range, when and where to compare to test data, and how to define a "good fit"... the rest is automatic

Critical Design Case Definition

  • Find the combination of input values that yields the worst-case design scenario
  • Determine the hot case and the cold case given ranges of possible dimensions, environments, properties, component efficiencies, etc.

Reliability Engineering:  Uncertainty Analysis

  • Check margins and safety factors for adequacy
  • Given variations in inputs, find the chances that failure criteria will be exceeded
  • Evaluate uncertainties statistically

Reliability Engineering Histograms in CRTech's EZ-XY

Robust Design:  Designing For Reliability

  • Synthesize designs based on reliability
  • Determine allowable tolerances and acceptance criteria

Avoid Costly Overdesign and Risky Underdesign

Multidisciplinary Design Integration

C&R provides the most comprehensive set of thermal/fluid design and modeling tools available to the heat transfer and fluid flow professional. However, designing reliable products in the shortest possible design cycle time demands inclusion of other engineering specialties such as structures, electric, optics, and cost.

C&R goes beyond intimate interconnections to other software design tools. Our tools are also designed to allow integration into large-scale multidisciplinary design systems and analysis management tools. Contact CRTech for more information on supported interconnections and on developing customized design environments.

Recommended Literature

For more in depth information about our advanced design features please review these CRTech authored technical papers

Advanced Pipes in FloCAD
Thursday November 14, 9-10am MT (8-9am PT, 11am-noon ET)
This webinar introduces advanced features for FloCAD pipes in addition to working with complex geometry. Complex geometry includes interior fins and surfaces for heat transfer, flow around enclosed objects, annular flow, concentric pipes, and more. FK Locators and TEEs as modeling objects will also be introduced.
Custom Heat Transfer and Pressure Drops
Tuesday November 19, 2-3pm MT (1-2pm PT, 4-5pm ET)
Do you know what the default assumptions are in FloCAD, and whether or not they apply in your situation? Do you know how far you can go past that starting point? The answer: pretty far. There are numerous mechanisms in FloCAD for adjusting factors, scaling uncertainties, and applying different or supplemental correlations. This webinar summarizes the options available to you to customize your flow models to make sure that they apply to each new situation you encounter.
Heat Exchangers: Detailed and System-level
Thursday November 21, 2-3pm MT (1-2pm PT, 4-5pm ET)
This is two webinars in one. The first explains the use and assumptions behind the FloCAD HX system-level modeling object. The second webinar describes detailed-level modeling of complex heat exchanger passages, including application of Compact Heat Exchanger (CHX) methods.
Starting in 2020, we will begin offering Introduction to Thermal Desktop and Introduction to RadCAD as either in-person training or online training, alternating between online and in-person every three months. The training uses lectures and demonstrations to introduce you to basic Thermal Desktop and RadCAD usage. Hands-on tutorials provide practice building models and interpreting results (tutorials are completed by students outside of the online class time).
The next training class will be an online format in January 2020:
  • Introduction to Thermal Desktop (and SINDA) - A three-part series on January 14, 16, and 21 from 9am to 12pm, Mountain time
  • Introduction to RadCAD - January 23 from 9am to 12pm, Mountain time
For up-to-date schedules, fees, and policies, visit our Product Training page. To register for the class above, complete our registration form and select "Online" for the Training Format.
If you are interested in product training for your company based on your schedule, please contact us to obtain a quote for training between 8-12 attendees. We can come to your facility or the lectures can be presented online. Descriptions of the available classes can be found in our course catalog.
To keep up with our training opportunities, take a look at our new Events and Training Calendar.