Traditional methods of designing, building, and testing physical prototypes are costly and time-consuming. Introducing simulation early lets you virtually test your designs for thermal management issues under real-world conditions.
Using TAIThermTM, our 3D thermal simulation software, you can quickly set up and run steady-state or transient simulations of a full-vehicle model or localized simulations (underhood, underbody, and cabin), with accurate results.
Execute More Design Iterations in Less Time
TAITherm delivers accurate heat transfer calculations with faster run times by leveraging smaller element counts and larger time steps. This enables you to run long, transient, 3D thermal simulations with relatively low computational costs and rapidly iterate to a final design. However, you have complete control over the fidelity of your model and the size of the time steps for your simulation.
For a more comprehensive analysis, TAITherm can couple with your CFD code of choice to simulate the effects of fluid flow early in the design process.
Accelerate Your Packaging, Protection, and Integration Studies
Different parts may be subject to various conduction and radiation heat sources, while being cooled through convection. With TAITherm, you can visualize how much energy each conduction or radiation pathway is contributing to your component. Then, you can easily locate the energy source and design an appropriate protection strategy by repositioning, adding heat shielding, or selecting new materials.
CFD software can simulate transient scenarios but requires more time and resources than you may have available early in your design process. Coupling TAITherm with CFD blends the accuracy of CFD with the speed of TAITherm, so you can implement more design iterations in less time than using CFD alone.
Accurate thermal simulation of your exhaust system early can be challenging. CFD tools offer the most detailed results, but models are tedious to set up and run times can take weeks. With TAITherm and the Exhaust Extension, model setup is quick and easy (most exhaust systems can take as little as 10 minutes to set up), and its shorter run times reduce the burden on your computational resources, delivering the important results you need earlier.
Cabin Simulation with Human Comfort in Mind
Solar loading can lead to uncomfortable cabin temperatures. TAITherm accounts for direct, diffuse, and reflected solar loading and allows you to easily change properties like glass reflectance, glass thickness, or interior trim color to quickly compare different designs during a hot soak. TAITherm uses our library of geographic weather data to accurately calculate terrain temperatures (dirt, asphalt, concrete, foliage) and convection values using wind speed and direction to simulate environmental conditions anywhere on Earth. TAITherm is also capable of simulating climate chambers for validation cases performed in climate-controlled wind tunnels.
Devise your optimal HVAC design by minimizing the energy required to cool down or heat up the cabin. TAITherm, when coupled with CFD, allows you to quickly change glass properties, vent placement, or re-size the A/C compressor or heater core and study more design variants while accounting for 3D convection.
As lightweighting becomes more prevalent, the proximity of heat sources to temperature-sensitive materials adds to the complexity of thermal management. With TAITherm, you can change materials, thickness, and add or remove insulation layers easily using TAITherm’s multi-layer part types. After simulating your model, you can make changes to your inputs without having to re-generate your mesh, allowing you to conduct multiple design studies and compare results in less time.
Reducing heat shielding is another way to cut overall vehicle weight, and with TAITherm you can quickly re-size, re-position, or remove your heat shielding completely and compare your results.
Cabin comfort and energy efficiency of your electric vehicle (EV) can be optimized with TAITherm when coupled with our Human Thermal Extension. Simulate how localized heating and cooling systems can be combined with the HVAC system to maximize cabin comfort and EV range.
Simulate battery lifetime and safety implications using TAITherm and the Battery Extension. Perform a thermal analysis at the cell level or pack level and receive clarity on the proper packaging and cooling strategies.
Areas of Expertise
Manage Complex Thermal Challenges
Our team utilizes advanced simulation tools to provide you with fast and accurate data and simulations for transient or steady-state cases for real-world scenarios. We use TAITherm with the Exhaust Extension to quickly create an underbody/exhaust or underhood model that considers the unique physics that the components undergo in cases including hill climbs, trailer towing, hot soaks, or driving cycles. Our method utilizes all modes of heat transfer, so you never miss a thermal interaction.
The Heart of Vehicle Safety
Safety is the most crucial vehicle metric for consumers. Brakes function, understanding where the heat is transferred, and what temperature distributions are occurring are important factors in your design. Optimizing the brake system is made efficient with thermal simulation. We understand the stringent requirements of brake systems and the delicacy of trade-offs in such a crucial component of the vehicle.
Optimize Occupant Comfort
Because of the time spent in homes, offices, and vehicles traveling between the two, the automotive, architecture, and aerospace industries are all attempting to reach optimal occupant comfort for the utmost satisfaction of their customers. Our expert engineers have the knowledge and skills you need to predict cabin comfort and determine HVAC efficiency for your comfort strategies. They'll help you analyze localized heating and cooling, HVAC systems, and human sensation and comfort to ensure your customer's comfort.