External cooling

1. Overview

This step allows defining the thermal modeling of the cooling of the external part of the frame.

This area is unlocked only once a housing is defined, in the MACHINE subset, HOUSING design area.

EXTERNAL COOLING design area - Overview
1 Selection of the COOLING subset: EXTERNAL panel (Click on the icon EXTERNAL)
2 Once the external cooling parameters are defined, corresponding results are automatically displayed in the form of a report.
3 Visualization of the external cooling characteristics (inputs, and corresponding results) is possible in a datasheet.

Scrollbars allow browsing the whole document rapidly and having an overview of all the results.

Using scrollbars, complete data can be accessed and visualized. Shortcuts for displaying the corresponding chapter of the external cooling report.

4 External cooling settings allow describing the external cooling parameters
5 Choice of the external convection mode: natural or forced
6 Inputs defining the convection (forced or natural, corresponding to the choice above)
7 Inputs defining the fluid flow in the cooling circuit.

This table is available only when a cooling circuit has been defined by the user in the MACHINE subset, HOUSING panel, CIRCUIT setting.

2. Advices for use

2.1 Hypothesis on fluidic computations

Due to the hypothesis made in fluidic computations, some non-continuity can be observed in the fluid convection coefficient evolution, especially in the airgap and on the frame. These non-linearities and possible non-continuities are related to the change from laminar to turbulent fluid flow.

2.2 Validity domain of the fluidic computations

The fluidic computation uses analytical laws. For some specific fluid properties, extreme temperatures, and very low forced cooling velocity, the computations made can be out of this validity domain.

In this case, some errors will occur, asking to check the fluid properties, and the velocity involved in the forced convection.

For advanced usages that the hypothesis on fluid flow does not cover, it is advised to set a “user convection coefficient” manually for these specific regions.

2.3 Frame convection and cooling circuit convection

Frame convection and cooling circuit convection are key parameters to understand the thermal behavior of the machine.

FluxMotor provides some internal models to estimate the convection occurring in the cooling circuit and on the frame.

It must be kept in mind that the functions are provided to be used in predesign steps: these convection coefficients are given to illustrate general tendencies but will differ to the accurate convection occurring on the machine. For advanced uses, it is advised to consider these coefficients carefully, and to do additional CFD computation to improve the results quality.

Our model has been validated for machines surrounded by air. The user can select other external fluids, but this go beyond the validation done on the software.

2.4 Temperature considered for fluidic computations

Some fluidic computations are based on two different temperatures: the temperature of the fluid, and the temperature of the wall from where the convection occurs.

This explains that the convection results shown in the design environment can be slightly different from the results obtained in the test environment.

In the design environment, the fluid and the wall are at the same evaluation temperature, but in the test the wall and the fluid temperatures are evaluated during the solving and are different in most of the cases.