Product Training

We provide videos and support to assist customers learning our software, but there is no replacement for live, comprehensive training. Our courses provide a mixture of lecture and hands-on experience working with demonstration models to provide an overview of heat transfer and fluid flow modeling as well as familiarity with our software.

Custom Training: If you are interested in product training at your own facility, please contact us to obtain a quote for training between 8-12 attendees. Available courses can be seen in our course catalog

Standard Training: We schedule training classes open to all customers as shown below. These classes also provide a wonderful opportunity to meet thermal engineers in other industries. Our major training class, which starts with two days of Thermal Desktop training, is typically offered twice a year.

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Standard Training Schedule Location Dates Offered
         
Thermal Desktop, RadCAD, and TD Direct 4 days pending Lakewood, CO October 2018 (1, 2, 3, & 4 day options available)
Thermal Desktop, RadCAD, and TD Direct 4 days pending Lakewood, CO April 2019 (1, 2, 3, & 4 day options available)

Standard Training Fees Per Attendee

Training Fees for Regional and Lakewood Classes
Because some participants may not be interested in all topics, attendance is recommended but not mandatory for all days. The fees for consecutive days are as follows (in US Dollars):

1 day class - $1400
2 day class - $1700
3 day class - $2000
4 day class - $2300
Fee covers all course materials, lunch, and coffee breaks.  Please inform us of any special diet requirements.

Training Fee for Online Classes

2 half-day class - $425
3 days, 3 hours per day class - $425
4 half-day class - $600
Participants will be provided presentation and training materials electronically. It is the responsibility of the participant to print the materials prior to the class.

Two discounts are available: Customers with a current CRTech support contract will receive a 15% discount off the above prices if the participant registers and is paid in full at least 31 days prior to the class. For new customers, half of the course fees paid will be applied to all new licenses purchased by participants during the 12 months following the class. Only one discount may be taken per participant.

Payment Policy: 

  • For regional and Lakewood Classes - Full payment (check, credit card, or purchase order) must be received no later than 31 days prior to the start of the class.
  • For online training - Full payment (check, credit card, or purchase order) must be received no later than 2 days prior to the start of class to ensure connection information is provided in time for the class.

Cancellation Policy:

  • For regional and Lakewood Classes - 100% of registration fees will be refundable prior to 31 days before the class start date (the first day of the class sequence). No refunds will be made after this date and late registrations are non-refundable. In the event that the course is canceled by CRTech, a full refund of registration fees will be made. CRTech is not responsible for other costs incurred by participants.
  • For online training - 100% of registration fees will be refundable prior to the start of the class. No refunds will be made if the class connection is used for listening to the class.
FloCAD model of a loop heat pipe

Since a significant portion of LHPs consists of simple tubing, they are more flexible and easier to integrate into thermal structures than their traditional linear cousins: constant conductance and variable conductance heat pipes (CCHPs, VCHPs). LHPs are also less constrained by orientation and able to transport more power. LHPs have been used successfully in many applications, and have become a proven tool for spacecraft thermal control systems.

However, LHPs are not simple, neither in the details of their evaporator and compensation chamber (CC) structures nor in their surprising range of behaviors. Furthermore, there are uncertainties in their performance that must be treated with safety factors and bracketing methods for design verification.

Fortunately, some of the authors of CRTech fluid analysis tools also happened to have been involved in the early days of LHP technology development, so it is no accident that Thermal Desktop ("TD") and FloCAD have the unique capabilities necessary to model LHPs. Some features are useful at a system level analysis (including preliminary design), and others are necessary to achieve a detailed level of simulation (transients, off-design, condenser gradients).

CRTech is offering a four-part webinar series on LHPs and approaches to modeling them. Each webinar will last 60 minutes and are designed to be attended in the order they were presented. If you miss one in the series, please check out our video page for a recording, or contact us before the next webinar starts. While the first webinar presumes little knowledge of LHPs or their analysis, for the last three webinars you are presumed to have a basic knowledge TD/FloCAD two-phase modeling.

Part 1 provides an overview of LHP operation and unique characteristics
Part 2 introduces system-level modeling of LHPs using TD/FloCAD.
Part 3 covers an important aspect of getting the right answers: back-conduction and core state variability.
Part 4 covers detailed modeling of LHPs in TD/FloCAD such that transient operations such as start-up, gravity assist, and thermostatic control can be simulated.

May 31, 2018, 1-2pm (PT), 4-5pm (ET)

This webinar provides an overview of LHP design and operation, from a basic understand of components to a review of important performance considerations and limitations.

Many topics will be covered, from start-up issues to the purpose of the evaporator bayonet to capillary flow regulators to load balancing in parallel LHP units. However, we will cover these topics only in enough depth that you will be able to understand the reasons for various modeling approaches that will be covered in later webinars. In other words, this webinar will survey the various ways in which LHPs require a specialized approach to design analysis and simulation.

This webinar is one of a four-part webinar series on LHPs and approaches to modeling them. Each webinar will last 60 minutes and is designed to be attended in the order they were presented. If you miss one in the series, please check out our video page for a recording, or contact us before the next webinar starts.

Prerequisites: Basic understanding of two-phase thermodynamics and heat transfer.
Please register for Part 1 here

June 5, 2018, 8-9am (PT), 11am-noon (ET)

This webinar explains how the toolbox approach of Thermal Desktop and FloCAD can be used to design and simulate LHPs at a system level, where the focus is on predicting conductance of nominally operating LHP, including thermostatic control (variable conductance).

This webinar is one of a four-part webinar series on LHPs and approaches to modeling them. Each webinar will last 60 minutes and is designed to be attended in the order they were presented. If you miss one in the series, please check out our video page for a recording, or contact us before the next webinar starts.

Prerequisites: Basic understanding of Thermal Desktop and FloCAD operation as applied to two-phase systems. Basic familiarity with LHP components and operation (see Part 1).
Please register for Part 2 here

June 7, 2018, 8-9am (PT), 11am-noon (ET)

Modeling wick back-conduction in an LHP is critical to accurate prediction of the overall loop conductance and operating point. This prediction can't be separated from an understanding of what is happening in the wick core. This webinar presents time-honored methods of dealing with these complex topics in a relatively simple (if abstract) thermal/fluid network.Prerequisites:

This webinar is one of a four-part webinar series on LHPs and approaches to modeling them. Each webinar will last 60 minutes and is designed to be attended in the order they were presented. If you miss one in the series, please check out our video page for a recording, or contact us before the next webinar starts.

Basic understanding of Thermal Desktop and FloCAD operation as applied to LHP modeling (see Part 1 and Part 2).
Please register for Part 3 here

June 12, 2018, 1-2pm (PT), 4-5pm (ET)

This webinar explains how Thermal Desktop and FloCAD can be applied to simulate complex and transient phenomena in LHPs, including condenser design, start-up, thermostatic control, and gravity assist (evaporator below condenser). The design of an actual LHP will be used to demonstrate concepts; the implications of attaching large masses to the evaporators (cooled electronics and support structures) will become clear as a result.

This webinar is one of a four-part webinar series on LHPs and approaches to modeling them. Each webinar will last 60 minutes and is designed to be attended in the order they were presented. If you miss one in the series, please check out our video page for a recording, or contact us before the next webinar starts.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with LHP modeling approaches in TD/FloCAD (see Part 1Part 2 and Part 3).
Please register for Part 4 here