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New tools for heat transfer analysis help engineers track heat flow, produce better designs

Connectivity between MapleSim from Maplesoft and HeatPathView from Software Cradle produces 1-D CAE models from 3-D analysis data


Waterloo, Canada; June 11, 2018: Maplesoft™ today announced a connection between MapleSim™, the advanced system-level modeling tool, and HeatPathView, an important component of HeatDesigner, scSTREAM , and other thermal fluid simulation software products from Software Cradle. This connection enables engineers to gain greater insight into the thermal effects of their design at the system level, so they can understand the effect of heat transfer on their entire product, and refine their design to improve performance and avoid overheating.

MapleSim is a natural environment for modeling multidomain systems that supports the rapid creation and testing of initial concepts. With MapleSim, engineers can try out more ideas in less time, identify and prevent unexpected interactions between different domains, and generate computationally efficient models. The MapleSim Heat Transfer Library is a MapleSim add-on that provides a comprehensive view into the heat transfer effects present in a model, enabling engineers to refine their design to improve performance and avoid overheating. The latest version of this library provides connectivity with HeatPathView, a tool that displays the heat path and amount of heat transfer throughout a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model, so engineers can identify heat path bottlenecks easily. With the new connectivity between products, engineers can now combine the understanding they get from their 3-D CFD models with the system-level insight, analysis, and optimization options provided by 1-D system level models.

HeatPathView generates heat path data as well as thermal property values from its 3-D CFD analysis. MapleSim, together with the MapleSim Heat Transfer Library, reads this data in directly and automatically generates a 1-D model from the data. Unlike traditional model reduction techniques, which provide only a final result, the model generated by MapleSim is still parameterized. Engineers can incorporate the new model as part of multidomain model of a larger system, perform parametric studies, and run fast simulations. They can study the heat transfer effects at the product and system level, not just the part level, identify situations where the heat from an individual part will have an adverse effect on other components, and optimize their design more effectively to avoid product overheating.

“HeatPathView is a display tool that helps engineers comprehend the heat transfer path in their 3-D CFD models. In the past, we have been able to transfer calculation results from HeatPathView to 1-D modeling tools, but this process removed the connection between the parameters and the final output. But now, using the connectivity between HeatPathView and MapleSim, this vital connection is preserved,” says Mr. Masayuki Kuba, President and CEO of Software Cradle Co., Ltd. “I am convinced that this is an important step not only to deliver valuable modeling data, but also to make Computer-Aided Engineering more effective for product design and development in the future.”

“As engineering designs become increasingly complex, it’s more important than ever to identify design flaws arising from unexpected interactions between different domains, such as problems from heat transfer between components,” says Dr. Laurent Bernardin, COO and Chief Scientist at Maplesoft. “With the connection between MapleSim and HeatPathView, engineers have the tools they need to determine where overheating could occur, well in advance of production, and prevent these problems from occurring in the first place.”

The connectivity between MapleSim and HeatPathView is available in the 2018 release of MapleSim and the MapleSim Heat Transfer Library.

About Maplesoft
Maplesoft provides engineers with the tools and expertise they need to enable a model-driven innovation process that helps manage design complexity. Offering experts in a variety of engineering fields, extensive experience in model-based design, and the superior system-level modeling and analysis tools MapleSim and Maple, Maplesoft helps companies reduce development risk and bring high-quality products to market faster. Through Maple, Maplesoft also provides a complete concept-to-deployment environment for advanced analysis and rapid development of technical applications and engineering calculation tools. Maplesoft products and services are used in machine design, robotics, aerospace, automotive, and many other fields where engineers face complex challenges. Customers include Boeing, FLSmidth, Ford, Google, Intel, NASA, and Samsung.

Maplesoft is a subsidiary of Cybernet Systems Group. For further details, please visit www.maplesoft.com.


About Software Cradle

Software Cradle Co., Ltd. is an innovative provider of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation software. Established in 1984, the company has pursued to offer unique, innovation focused, and highly reliable CFD solutions that enhance customers’ product quality and creativity. In 2016, the company joined MSC Software Corporation (headquartered in Newport Beach California, US), the worldwide leader in the field of multidiscipline simulation. As a truly global company, Software Cradle delivers all-inclusive multi-physics solutions. 

For more information about Software Cradle, visit http://www.cradle-cfd.com.