By DE Editors
Dear Desktop Engineering Reader:
Infolytica is probably best known for its MagNet electromagnetic field simulation system and its MotorSolve motor and drive design tool, although saying so is unintentionally unfair to the highly regarded ElecNet 2D/3D electric field simulation application. So, I took notice the other day when Infolytica announced the latest releases of its ElecNet and ThermNet CAE software; v7.2 for both. ThermNet, as it name implies, is for thermal simulations. What struck me as interesting about this announcement are two things: coupling of analyses and a new feature for modeling adiabatic events.
Coupling. Yeah, I know that I’ve beaten the multiphysics analysis drum for years now, but, really, we live, work, and pay taxes in a world subject to constant multiple physics phenomena, so I can’t help myself. What Infolytica’s announcement means is that these two tools link seamlessly. This lets you determine the non-linear steady state temperature distribution due to electric heat sources for both static and time-varying thermal simulations. The coupling is said to work with ElecNet’s transient, current flow and time-harmonic electric field solvers in ElecNet.
Since ThermNet already couples with MagNet, this means that you can do electro-thermal analysis for devices such as electric machines, transformers, and induction heating and dielectric heating. Which brings us to ThermNet’s new adiabatic feature. You can use it to model events with sudden and rapid heating such as when lightning strikes. That means you can develop better stuff designed to take the bolt out of the blue like surge arrestors, cables, and transmission lines.
Infolytica will be holding a webinar next Wednesday (June 15) 2011 to demonstrate the new features available in ElecNet and ThermNet. There’s a link to register at the end of today’s Pick of the Week write-up. At the other end of the links at the conclusion of the main DE write-up, look for the video. It’s a quick take on what the coupling part of this announcement can really mean for you.
Thanks, pal. — Lockwood
Anthony J. Lockwood
Editor at Large, Desktop Engineering
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