The latest release of ElecNet and ThermNet software are available. The two finite-element analysis packages can be linked for coupled simulations, expanding the capabilities of the company’s design software. An adiabatic feature in ThermNet can be used for coupled MagNet and ElecNet simulations. The adiabatic feature models sudden and rapid heating, such as the process that takes place when lightning strikes.
The software now offers a seamless and easy coupling that is already available with MagNet and ThermNet. Performing a coupled analysis determines the non-linear steady state temperature distribution due to electric heat sources for static and time-varying thermal simulations. The coupling works with the transient, current flow, and time-harmonic electric field solvers in ElecNet
The combinations of the new features allow for devices such as surge arrestors, cables, transmission lines or other phenomena such as dielectric heating to be accurately simulated. To demonstrate the accuracy and types of results that can be obtained from these new additions, the company has released a detailed example simulating a surge arrestor being struck by lightning.
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