Success Stories

The CRTech team enjoys hearing from our customers on how they have found value in our software products  and how they have used our products for their application. We welcome customers to share their success stories or publications with us and with our user community.

Here are stories from a some of our users. If you are interested in sharing your story, please contact us. If you send us a submission, it is your responsibility to acquire the proper permissions on your end for us to publish the story. We request you provide a short write up of how you found our software useful and that you include one or more high resolution graphics of the system we can include on our home page slider and screenshots of the Thermal Desktop model.


Thermal Modeling of the BLAST-TNG Balloon Telescope

A Ballon-borne telescope which will survey the origins of stars and planets, including systems similar to our own Solar System, from a high-altitude balloon flying through the stratosphere 35 km above Antarctica

Mars 2020 Helicopter

The primary objective is to achieve several 90-second flights and capture visible light images via forward and nadir mounted cameras during the Mars 2020 mission

Thermal Modeling of Phoenix Cubesat 

by Johnathan Gamaunt, Arizona State University 

An undergraduate-led 3u CubeSat designed to study Urban Heat Islands through infrared imaging

Wisconsin Racing Formula SAE

An organization of students from the University of Wisconsin which compete in the design, fabrication, and racing of two Formula 1 style race cars

Thermal Modeling of the OSIRIS-REx Camera Suite (OCAMS) 

Daniel Alfred, University of Arizona

Camera suite on the OSIRIX-REx spacecraft will characterize the asteroid surface and shape of the asteroid to assist in the selection of a sample acquisition site and take images of the acquisition

Miniature X-ray Solar Spectrometer (MinXSS) 

by James Mason, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP)

This 3U CubeSat is a spacecraft currently in low Earth orbit. Its science objective is to measure the energy distribution of soft x-ray sunlight

Dream Chaser 

by Stephen Miller, Sierra Nevada Corporation

This spacecraft is a reusable, lifting-body vehicle capable of traveling to low Earth orbit and landing on a runway, currently in development

Insight HP3 

by Asli Gencosmanoglu, Active Space Technologies GmbH

The thermal analysis and design of the Heat-Flow and Physical Properties Probe (HP3) instrument using Thermal Desktop and SINDA/FLUINT

Geostationary Lightning Mapper

The GLM for the GOES-R spacecraft will provide continuous measurement of lightning in the Western hemisphere

Mars 2020 Helicopter

The primary objective is to achieve several 90-second flights and capture visible light images via forward and nadir mounted cameras during the Mars 2020 mission


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.