Thermal Modeling of Phoenix Cubesat

by Johnathan Gamaunt, Arizona State University 

The Phoenix CubeSat is an undergraduate-led 3u CubeSat designed to study Urban Heat Islands through infrared imaging.   The Phoenix mission is an educational mission, where our primary goal is to develop a functioning CubSat, capable of imaging the Earth in the IR spectrum.  The data collected form the mission will support the study of how city composition, using local climate zones, affects the surface Urban Heat Island signature in major U.S. cities. 

The success of this mission depends on maintaining all components within their operating temperatures for component survival, and keeping the camera thermally stable in a specific temperature range to get usable science data.  Thermal Desktop gave us an analysis environment to make these temperature predictions and solve complex thermal models.  Thermal Desktop has a simple feel about it that allows you to build and customize your design in an intuitive way.  Using the Logic Manager, I was able to model all of the satellite rotations in orbit for imaging.  I was also able to model all of our TVAC tests and correlating real data to the thermal model to fine tune the real flight predicts. 

Thanks to C&R Technology for providing the Phoenix CubeSat program access to this software; because of this experience I was able to obtain an internship at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where I was able to future develop my Thermal Desktop skills. 

 

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.