Simcenter 3D Thermal

Easily handle thermal exchange between dissimilar interfaces

Using Simcenter 3D, thermal connections can be automatically defined between disjoint components, dissimilar meshes and nonconforming geometry. Moreover, mesh congruence and proximity requirements are eliminated, which enables the user to build and solve large assemblies quickly.

Master complexity and productivity in industry verticals

 The capabilities of Simcenter 3D for thermal simulation have been leveraged in vertical applications to satisfy specific industry needs. Simcenter 3D Space Systems Thermal enables the user to model the thermal performance and characteristics of orbiting and interplanetary vehicles. Simcenter 3D Advanced Thermal provides advanced capabilities for the aero-engine analyst community to perform analysis on the entire engine.

Automation and customization to manage a wide range of models

Simcenter 3D for thermal simulation provides an extensible solver architecture supporting user subroutines, user plugins, expressions and an open application programming interface (API) to automate and customize the product development workflow according to industry needs.

Providing a platform for multidiscipline simulation

The Simcenter 3D thermal solution is part of a larger, integrated multidiscipline simulation environment with the Simcenter 3D Engineering Desktop at the core for centralized pre-/postprocessing for all Simcenter 3D solutions. This integrated environment helps you to achieve faster CAE processes and streamline multidisciplinary simulations such as thermomechanical analyses based on structural solutions or conjugate heat transfer problems that are coupled with flow solutions.

Industry applications

Thermal applications in Simcenter 3D include simulation and analysis for a range of heat transfer problems in aerospace, automotive, electronics, power generation, process and other industries.

Automotive and transportation

Simcenter 3D helps tackle a variety of analysis scenarios, such as under-hood thermal analysis, powertrain thermal management and thermal response and temperatures in automotive lighting systems. Simcenter 3D for thermal offers a complete solution for the thermal design of electric vehicles, including batteries and enclosures

Aerospace and defense

Simcenter 3D includes the ability to model the thermal response from a single component to a global aircraft system. The aero-engine turbine, compressor, and entire engine may be modeled for a thermal analysis or a coupled thermomechanical analysis with Simcenter Nastran software. Thermal dissipation from electrical components can be modeled using the nonlinear Joule heating capability. Aerothermal or ablation analysis is an area of strength.

Electronics and consumer goods

Simcenter 3D thermal modules can be leveraged to meet the design requirements of compact and complex electronics systems. Examples include identifying recirculation zones and hot spots, predicting thermal response based on spatially varying and orthotropic conductivity and capacitance, and determining cooling strategies and heat sink modeling.

Industrial machinery

Simcenter 3D can be used to simulate a broad category of applications such as laser ablation and cutting, welding thermal response, mold-cooling analyses and phase-change thermal analysis. In the cold-chain industry, Simcenter 3D can be used for performing predictive modeling of the quality of frozen and temperature-sensitive materials during shipping and handling.


Simofis Engineering and Siemens provide supports for training and consultancy.