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Vehicle Battery Pack Cooling - Upfront Design Studies Using CAD Embedded CFD



As Battery Electric Vehicles and both Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles become more and more prevalent on the market, battery temperature control remains a major vehicle thermal management design focus.  Controlling battery temperature is key for maintaining optimum battery performance and longer battery life.  Although not as high in cooling capacity as a liquid-cooling systems, air-cooled systems can often be lighter weight, more reliable and less expensive, so are an option for compact vehicle configurations.

This presentation introduces methods and value in performing cooling analysis using fully CAD-Embedded Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to allow earlier thermal performance prediction.  Particular applications include initial battery packaging studies and exploring integration with the vehicle structure.  An air-cooled battery pack system example is simulated using FloEFD for Siemens NX.  The presentation demonstrates time saving studies to determine the effects geometric design changes on cooling capacity for maintaining proper mean temperature and temperature distribution throughout the pack.

What You Will Learn

  • An Introduction to an example air cooled battery pack example model
  • Interpreting design studies in to define CFD analysis incl. model set up and boundary conditions
  • Preparing CFD studies within the CAD Environment
  • Interpreting results for a battery pack  cooling study to evaluate flow rates and temperature distribution
  • Identify time savings via fast automated CFD meshing allow for more iterative studies
  • Setting up customized results to help identify design enhancements may be most effective

About the Presenter

Presenter Image Andrew Hintz

Andrew Hintz is an applications engineer with 4 years experience with Flowmaster 1D system level fluid simulation software, now part of Mentor Graphics. He ensures customer success in a variety of industries from power generation to aerospace. Andrew has built up a particularly high level of knowledge of automotive applications through constant work with leading North American OEMs and suppliers’ engineering departments on consulting projects and advising on simulation best practices.

Who Should Attend

  • Battery Pack Design Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Powertrain Cooling engineers
  • Hybrid Vehicle Propulsion Engineers
  • Battery Simulation and Modeling Engineers
  • Thermal Systems Engineers
  • Design Engineers

Products Covered

Technical Requirements

What do I need to watch and hear this web seminar?

Mentor Graphics’ web seminars are delivered using Adobe Connect. You will be able to login to the seminar room 15 minutes prior to the start time on the day of the presentation. You can hear the audio using your computer’s speakers via VoIP (Voice over IP) and background music will play prior to the beginning of the presentation.

Detailed system requirements

Microsoft® Windows

  • Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9, 10; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 10.3 or later
  • 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor and 512MB of RAM

Mac OS X

  • Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.3
  • 1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor and 512MB of RAM


  • Ubuntu 10.04, 11.04; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6; OpenSuSE 11.3
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.3


  • Apple supported devices: iPad, iPad2, iPad3; iPhone 4 and 4 S, iPod touch (3rd generation minimum recommended)
  • Apple supported OS versions summary: iOS 4.3.x, 5.x, or 6.x (5.x or higher recommended)
  • Android supported devices: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1), Samsung Galaxy Tab (10.1), ASUS Transformer, Samsung Galaxy Tab (7”) , Motorola Xoom, Motorola Xoom 2, Nexus 7
  • Android supported OS versions summary: 2.2 and higher
  • Android AIR Runtime required: 3.2 or higher

Additional requirements

  • Bandwidth: 512Kbps for participants, meeting attendees, and end users of Adobe Connect applications. Connection: DSL/cable (wired connection recommended) for Adobe Connect presenters, administrators, trainers, and event and meeting hosts.
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