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If you want to make a thermal analysis of bulb heating including flow pattern you can perfectly use the CFD software NOGRID points. Based on the geometrical model which can either be imported from your CAD or created with our CAD preprocessor COMPASS you can generate a computer model of a specific geometry in a very short time (compared to mesh-based methods) and see its thermal characteristics in advance.

The heat can be transferred either by heat conduction and/or heat radiation or by convection by means the flow of a fluid. You can couple also all kinds of heat transfer mechanisms. In the example below you can see the air flow inside a bulb. The screw thread is modeled as a solid (metal) and here only heat transport by conduction is given. At the tip of the heater a heat source is applied and therefore the temperature will increase over time at that position. Because the density of the air depends on the temperature the air starts to move after a while. For the heat transport within the air we used a P1 radiation model together with the solving of the usual energy balance (heat conduction and convection). This model is an example of using two different materials and computes the flow pattern in the air and the coupled temperature for both materials.

Simulation (CFD) temperature distribution within a bulb

Figure 1: Temperature distribution within the bulb

NOGRID points can perfectly be used for designing and problem solving of heat transfer cases. The speed of the temperature front and the cooling/heating rate can be predicted. NOGRID points helps to understand the flow by visualization of the mass, momentum and heat transfer of single and multiple phases. You receive integral quantities which you can use to analyze the heat exchange efficiency.


Experts in heat transfer

For the solving of your thermal cases NOGRID offers beside excellent simulation software also expert services. Our service employees are highly qualified and are experts in modeling of all kinds of processes. They know the complex physics of multiphase flows and can help you to be more successful by finding out how your processes can be improved.


1. Construct or import a geometrical model by using our preprocessor CAD tool COMPASS

Geometrical model of a bulb

Figure 2: CAD model created in NOGRID's COMPASS

2. Set up all parameters like mass flow rates or material/fluid properties

Simulation (CFD) of bulb heating and flow pattern

Figure 3: Parameter setup in NOGRID points

3. Perform a simulation

Simulation (CFD) of bulb heating and flow pattern

Figure 4: Simulation results (velocity and its vectors) shown in NOGRID points GUI

What is CFD from NOGRID?

CFD solves the fundamental equations that define the fluid flow process. With CFD software from NOGRID every engineer makes better decisions by predicting, analyzing and controlling fluid flow, heat and mass transfer or chemical reaction. By using NOGRID simulation software you receive information on essential flow characteristics as for example flow distribution. Using it additional to testing and experimentation NOGRID software helps to improve the evaluation of your design – resulting in better construction and operation parameters, increasing planning security and money savings due to faster time to the marketplace for your product or process.


With NOGRID, you choose professional CFD software and services – our aim is helping you to be successful. When you decide to work with NOGRID you choose close cooperation with a dynamic, flat hierarchies-organization. Short information channels result in quick and accurate professional support and service. Our team consists of highly qualified employees, who are experts in fields such as numerical simulation or computational fluid dynamics. Based on our know-how, we are pleased to offer the following services, responding to your individual requirements:


In our two-days training courses you will learn, how to use NOGRID CFD software efficiently. Our technical support team will teach you how to handle and solve different cases.


We offer full professional support from the minute you start using our software, by telephone or by email. Contact us, when ever needed.


Lack of time or resources and other constraints often make outsourcing an attractive solution. We help you with your flow modeling needs. Based on our engineering expertise in this field we offer individual numerical simulation services matching the unique needs of your organization.