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Solaria was designed by thermal analysts, for thermal analysts.

Solvers

Solaria includes two solvers each capable of steady state and transient simulations.  The transient solvers include model temperature plotting so you can monitor the solution as it is running.
Conjugate Gradient transient solver with variable results print interval and results plotting during the solution

Built-in Automesher

Built-in AutoMesher

Import DXF geometry or build geometry in the UI
Watch the audio/video
A quarter of an electronic component that was automeshed from an imported DXF file
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Click to see the process

Simulating a moving Sun

Now you can simulate a moving heat source, like the sun.  You can now define how the sun moves across your model.  A built-in Solar Insolation calculator will create the suns incident flux for the day and location on the globe you want.  For more details go to this link.

Material library

Material Library

The material library that is distributed with Solaria includes almost 400 materials.  You can add to and edit the materials.  The library handles anisotropic thermal conductivity and temperature dependencies.  Click here to watch the audio/video on the Material Library.
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Material Library dialog

Model information

Model Information

Get element counts
Dialog giving element counts
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Element information

Element information

Query individual elements, get the heat load applied to a specific property or group.  Get minimum, maximum and average temperatures. Everything you need to know is at your fingertips.
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Query individual elements, get the heat load applied to a specific property or group.  Get minimum, maximum and average temperatures. Everything you need to know is at your fingertips.

Undo and Redo

Undo and Redo

There are Undo and Redo buttons are in all dialogs. You can Undo and redo at any time.  If you make a mistake, just hit the Undo and try it again.
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Undo and Redo dialog

Properties

Quickly scan through Properties

Use the slider to quickly move between properties
Enter a number or a name to jump to the property.  Each property has a color that you can change.  You can display the model based on the element property color to quickly identify whether you've built it correctly.
Property table dialog
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Using Variables

Defining variables
Using Variables

Variables are a value associated with a name.  In the property table, you can select a Variable from the drop down list or simply enter a value.  By changing the value associated with the Variable you can change the value in many properties at once.

Click here to watch the audio/video.
In this example element thickness can be defined in a Variable or by just entering the value
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Perform many operations simultaneously

Perform many operations simultaneously

Transient results - loading transient temperatures at different times
  Stream is ON in the Temperature Contour dialog which automatically
  updates the temperatures as they are loaded.
The Display Data dialog is set to display Nodal temperatures, which
are also automatically updated as well.
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Perform several operations at the same time

Array Data

Array data

• Array data is used to define temperature and time dependencies
• Data can be imported from a text file
• There is no limit to the number of different dependencies.  You can have ten different pulsed heat loads, a solar load that changes with time, a convective heat transfer coefficient that changes with temperature difference and the mass flow properties that change with temperatures.
Array data dialog
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Groups

Define Groups

A Group is simply a collection of elements in the model.  You have 256 Groups that make it easier to build complex models.
Select here to vire the audio/video on using Groups.
Group definition dialogs
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Control over the graphics

Complete control over the graphics

• Control size and color of text writtten to the screen
• Select one of two ways to rotate model
• Define colors of elements, borders...
• Define line width
• Define the number of digits when displaying numbers to the screen
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Display settings dialog

Clip the model

Clip the model

• Just move the sliders back and forth to dynamically clip the view of the model.
• View the Post Processing audio/video showing how it works
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Clip the view of the model to easily view temperatures inside

Stretch the model

Stretch the model

Stretch the model to make it easier to view and select small areas
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Stretch the model to make it easier to view and select small areas

Post Processing

Post Processing

• View the Post Processing audio/video showing how it works
• View temperature contour plots
• View temperature contour plots at a point in time for transient solutions
• Plot temperature versus time
• Get power applied by property
• Plot temperature versus location
• Create an animation of the results.  Select here to watch the audio/video.
Get heat balance at nodes, write a model summary to disk
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Understand the results

Understand your results

Temperatures aren't your only results.  You need to know how the heat flows in your model and where it is going.  Solaria tells you this.
• Get heat balance at nodes
• Write a model summary to a file
• Write data to the screen
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Get heat balance at nodes, write a model summary to disk
Solaria Thermal Features    

  General purpose thermal modeling
  Designed to replace the TAS product
  Proven finite difference and Conjugate Gradient steady state and transient solvers

Elements Supported include:

  Geometric - 2D Plates, 3D Bricks and Tetrahedrons
  Heat loads - Nodal, Surface and Volumetric
  Radiation - Node-to-Node and Node-to-Surface, Surface-to-Surface using the interface with TRASYS
  Flow, Convection, Interface, Nodal Capacitance, Resistors, Thermostats, Boundary nodes

Other Capabilities include:

  Most everything can be temperature and time dependent
  Spheres, cylinders, cones, cubes, disks and plates can be made in one operation
  Complete Sinda/G and Sinda/FLUINT files exported
  Imports and exports TAS neutral file
  Click here to see a complete list of capabilities.
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