Phase Change Materials

Phase change material thermophysical property tableModeling the Latent Heat of Fusion

Tracking the energy of a phase change can be difficult if your software isn't designed to handle it. One trick of yesteryear was to create a spike in the thermal capacitance versus temperature table, but this is not particularly accurate and can cause problems with convergence. Thermal DesktopĀ® provides a user friendly interface for defining the thermophysical properties of a phase changing materials, and SINDA/FLUINT accurately models this energy. This interface allows for a liquid/solid phase change as well as an additional solid/solid. 

This can be applied to something as simple as melting ice, but specific phase-change materials (PCMs) are designed to be used across many industries such as solar thermal storage, solar power plants, medical devices, electronics, spacecraft, and food storage. The intent is to absorb or release significant amounts of energy while maintaining a constant temperature. 

A sample model was created to show how to set up a phase change material. A transmitter is mounted to a convectively cooled aluminum plate. The transmitter is in a low power mode most of the time, but at fixed intervals it goes into a high power mode to transmit. A PCM was applied to the aluminum plate to dampen the thermal response of the transmitter. 

Comparing transmitter temperatures with and without PCM

This example is available on our User Forum

Choking and High-speed Flow

Tuesday December 17th, 2pm MST

When flow velocities get big, things gets interesting. Above Mach=0.1, the bulk fluid "sees" a wall that is warmer than the structural temperature due to deceleration within the boundary layer. Above Mach=0.3, kinetic energy changes cease to be negligible. And of course, nothing moves faster than Mach=1.0 for internal flow. When you also add in changes in flow area, or changes in phase ... well, let's just say that doesn't simplify anything.

This webinar will introduce you to the phenomena involved, with a focus on the FloCAD modeling parameters available and their associated correlations and assumptions.

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Turbomachinery and Rotating Passages (Secondary Flows)

Thursday December 19th, 2pm MST

Are turbomachines a component in your system, and you'd like to treat them as a "black box"?

Or are they the focus of your work, and the cycle is just a boundary condition to you?

Either way, this webinar will have something to offer you. Each type of turbomachine will be covered: pumps and fans, positive and variable displacement compressors, and turbines (whether gas or hydraulic). Methods for modeling systems like turbochargers and turbopumps will be introduced. Tools for handling spinning flow passages and rotating cavities will be presented.

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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.