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Vehicle Thermal Management System Performance Modeling with System Level Fluid Simulation



Predicting fluid flow and heat transfer in vehicle cooling and connected fluid systems is important for achieving product efficiency performance goals. Using 1D system level fluid simulation engineers can model interactions between different fluid circuits with input from different engineering teams allowing early stage rapid assessment of performance. Applicable to both traditional IC configurations or for hybrid and electric vehicles thermal management, it is a versatile tool for saving considerable later stage development and testing costs.

This online seminar is a guide to applying system level fluid simulation software to vehicle thermal management. It expands on initial configuration and component sizing studies, through to setting up and interpreting transient thermal simulation results to evaluate drive cycle performance. The use of 3D CFD alongside system level fluid simulation is discussed.

What You Will Learn

  • Constructing a cooling system network and modeling assumptions
  • Modeling parallel fluid circuits (eg. lubrication, HVAC) via heat exchanger models
  • Configuration and component sizing studies incl. pressure drop calculation and coolant pump sizing
  • Using transient thermal analysis to model drive cycle performance
  • Accessing and interpreting results to make decisions
  • How to enhance data for early modeling of components incl. 3D CFD vs test data

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

  • Thermal Systems Engineers
  • Product Development Engineers
  • CFD Engineers

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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