This course provides an introduction to thermal modeling capabilities in ANSYS Mechanical. ANSYS Mechanical handles conduction and radiation heat transfer including calculation of view factors for surface to surface radiation. ANSYS Mechanical handles convection heat transfer primarily as a boundary condition comprised of heat transfer coefficient and bulk temperature. Material properties and heat transfer coefficients can be temperature dependent.

The course briefly touches on heat transfer theory at a basic level.  The emphasis is placed on the creation and solution of practical thermal analyses, as well as providing methods for solving various thermal behaviors and scenarios using ANSYS Mechanical. 

The first day will cover the lecture and workshops from the one day Mechanical Heat Transfer course from ANSYS, Inc.  The second day will be devoted to workshops created by DRD that showcase methods for modeling additional scenarios such as convection within an enclosure, exposure to fire, and solar radiation loading.

Course Agenda

Lecture & Demo Topics for Day 1
(These lectures are from the Mechanical Heat Transfer course from ANSYS, Inc.)

Fundamentals of Heat Transfer
Preprocessing in Mechanical
Boundary Conditions
Steady State Analyses
Nonlinear Analyses
Transient Analyses

Pictorial Summary of Workshops for this Course

Workshops for Day 1
(These workshops are from the Mechanical Heat Transfer course from ANSYS, Inc.)

  • Thermal Bar

  • Heating Coil

  • Thermal Contact

  • Radiating System

  • Solenoid

  • Fin Tube

  • Soldering Iron

Appendix A . Phase Change

Workshops for Day 2
(These workshops are developed by DRD)

  1. Hazardous Material Enclosure Exposed to Fire Including Conduction, Convection, Radiation and Transient Thermal Analysis (This is a 5 part workshop)

  2. Radar Dish Subjected to Solar Loading including Thermal and Thermal Stress Analysis

  3. Electronics Enclosure Assembly Modeled using Contact Resistance

  4. Hazardous Material Enclosure Convecting to Interal Air using a Lumped Air Thermal Mass Model

  5. Exhaust Pipe Radiating Heat to a Windshield including Radiation Shield

  6. Exhaust Pipe Radiation Heat to a Plastic Gas Tank