CENOS Platform is a simulation software for induction heating. It helps engineers to save a significant amount of money and time in induction coil prototyping by replacing physical tests with computer simulations.
In this article we will learn what a simulation is and go over the main points on how to create one.
What is a simulation?
A numerical simulation or virtual testing is a calculation done by a computer following a program that implements a mathematical model for a physical system.
It combines a geometrical model of the physical system with the physics definitions about that system to predict numerous physical phenomenon such as induction heating.
Simulation with CENOS
CENOS stands for Connecting Engineering Open Source, which highlights the way how CENOS creates and calculates simulations. By combining 3 powerful open-source tools - Salome, GetDP and ParaView - CENOS delivers the best tool for Induction Heating simulations.
The workflow of CENOS simulation is based on these three open-source tools. It consists of 3 parts - Geometry, Physics and Results - representing the steps you need to take to create an Induction Heating simulation.
There are 3 ways on how to create and prepare geometry for simulation in CENOS - Templates, From CAD and Advanced geometry editor. These approaches have different geometrical applications and can be used to prepare any geometry.
IMPORTANT: Along geometry you also need to prepare a mesh to carry out a simulation. From mesh quality depends the precision of results - fine mesh will give precise results, while coarse mesh can give inaccurate results. For Template and From CAD the mesh is being generated automatically. For more advanced users Advanced geometry editor gives the possibility to create the mesh manually.
Fast heating estimations and only a couple of minutes to create
Template allows you to choose from different workpiece and inductor templates to quickly set up a 2D axial-symmetric simulation.
As the mesh is being created automatically, you only need to define the key geometrical and physical parameters to set up a simulation.
Import premade CAD and simulate it without additional geometrical modifications
From CAD is a geometry creation approach which allows you to import one or more CAD files and prepare them for simulation without manual geometry modifications.
Create geometrical groups and boundary surfaces, define physical parameters and run the simulation. Using this approach, mesh is being generated automatically!
Advanced geometry editor
For advanced users who want to have a full control over geometry and mesh
For more advanced users CENOS offers fully manual geometry and mesh creation approach - Advanced geometry editor. It allows to create geometry and mesh from scratch in CENOS geometry modeling tool - Salome.
Create custom geometry and a suitable mesh, define domains and boundaries, and enjoy the full power of CENOS!
CENOS Platform offers 3 separate physics blocks - Thermal Analysis, Electromagnetics and Induction Heating. Using these physics blocks, you can simulate and verify different aspects of your induction heating system.
Calculate conventional heating applications
Thermal Analysis is a separate physics block for thermal applications only. It allows to calculate purely thermal simulations.
Fast current density, joule heat and other electromagnetic phenomenon predictions
Electromagnetics physics block allows you to calculate purely electromagnetic simulations. Estimate Current Density, Joule Heat, EM field and other electromagnetic aspects of your model!
Simulate Induction Heating simulations
Induction Heating block is coupled electromagnetic and thermal physics block, designed specifically for induction heating simulations.
Get precise and vast visual and statistical results of your simulation
CENOS incorporates a very powerful post-processor - ParaView, which together with .csv file energy statistics provides full control over results and every simulation aspect.