Shadow Tracking

Using RadCAD® for Shadow Tracking

Using the Monte Carlo ray tracing capabilities in RadCAD, Olivier Godard and Tejas Shah came up with this visual simulation of tracking the shadow of the International Space Station (ISS) on the belly of the Space Shuttle. The Shuttle is oriented with the payload bay doors looking nadir (facing earth) while the ISS, traveling at the same speed at a slightly higher altitude, passes over the belly of the shuttle blocking the sun's light.

ISS shadow tracking across the orbiter

The image has been postprocessed in RadCAD with the scale on the left representing the nodal heat flux, the view being the shuttle belly. The color scale maximum is 1354 W/m2 which represents full solar heating. As the ISS passes over the shuttle, the resulting shadow or blockage is displayed by the blue color (0 W/m2).

This simulation could have been performed using a raytracer for animated movie rendering but the advantage of RadCAD is that you can obtain a similar result directly applicable for other thermal related computations.

This example of using RadCAD to track IR and solar shadowing has been provided by Igor Carron of the Spacecraft Technology Center at Texas A&M University.

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Vapor Compression Cycles

Tuesday March 10th, 2pm MST

This webinar explains how the toolbox approach of Thermal Desktop and FloCAD can be used to design and simulate vapor compression cycles at various levels of detail. Applications include heat pumps, automotive climate control, and refrigeration systems.

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Working Fluid Mixtures

Thursday March 12th, 2pm MST

Working fluid mixtures can be as simple as air and water. Or as complex as ... well, air and water.

"Air" might be a simple perfect gas or a collection of real gases ... itself a mixture. "Water" might be a simple nonvolatile approximation of liquid water, or it might be a volatile liquid.

This webinar discusses mixture types, and repercussions such as pressure and temperature range limits. It illustrates both how to set initial conditions and how to determine what is going on in results.

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