6 New Simulations of HVAC Equipment

HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning) is one of the industries that relies on engineering simulation to analyze, virtually test and improve product designs.

As SimScale, we have been adding new features to our simulation platform to meet the needs of HVAC engineers, designers, and manufacturers and help them create better products. In fact, our latest release included conjugate heat transfer, which will make full modeling of heat exchangers, cooling and heating systems, and many similar applications possible on SimScale.

Our clients are using simulation to increase thermal comfort, save energy, enhance efficiency, improve air quality or boost the performance of their HVAC equipment, whether they design air conditioning, ventilation systems, heat exchangers or heat sinks.

The SimScale Community plays an important role in helping our users perform successful simulations. Having over 15 000 simulations, the Public Projects Library includes project templates that you can copy and edit according to your product specifications. Using the existing setup, you can easily start your own simulation.

A few months ago we wrote an article about 5 HVAC equipment simulations that you can use for free as templates. Now let’s take a look at 5 more, which have recently been created in SimScale’s Public projects:

1. Cooling of Server Room

sever room cooling simulation CFD

This analysis simulates the air conditioning of a server room. You can find a full webinar recording on how to perform this CFD analysis here.

2. Conjugate Heat Transfer Simulation of a Heat Exchanger

heat exchanger simulation - HVAC equipment

This project includes the shell and tube heat exchanger simulation using the conjugate heat transfer technique, abbreviated as CHT. Conjugate heat transfer defines processes which involve variations of temperature in solids and fluids due to thermal interactions.

3. Ventilation of an Aircraft Cabin

aircraft cabin simulation ventilation

This project simulates the airflow in an aircraft cabin. Two configurations and their effect on the airflow pattern are shown.

4. Smoke Propagation in a Garage


smoke propagation garage simulation

This CFD simulation investigates the propagation of smoke in a parking garage environment. Watch the recording of a webinar based on this project here.


5. Natural Convection and Thermal Comfort in a Kitchen

kitchen mesh

This simulation illustrates how to create a model simulation for heating of a room (in this case a kitchen) and analyze results for different scenarios. Watch the recording of a webinar based on this project here.

6. Ventilation Analysis for Contamination Control of a Clean Room

clean room CFD analysis

Simulation of a ventilation system’s design of a clean room analysed via laminar steady state simulations with a scalar quantity. Watch a webinar recording explaining how to perform this simulation here.

If you’re interested in learning more about how engineering simulation can help you virtually test and improve your HVAC equipment design, you can find more information in this article

Also, we invite you to create a free SimScale account and give the platform a try! There are plenty of learning resources to help you get started. You can start with this webinar.

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