What is SIMU-THERM ?

SIMU-THERM is a heat transfer calculation software developed for refractory design.Due to the precise mathematical modelling of the heat transfer process it is also appropriate for all kinds of high temperature applications. The initial program was written in 1989-/90based on the author’s experience in refractory design and thermal computation.Today it is improved continually in close contact with renowned companies using SIMU-THERM every day.
 
SIMU-THERM 6.5 is a self explaining Windows program. Thus it is suitable for occasional users as well as fast working experienced users. SIMU-THERM’s print forms can be adapted to the user’s corporate layout.

Adaption of logos, comments etc. is included in delivery and can be modified easily later by the user The software is available in English and German. The documentation in PDF format (Acrobat Reader) can be used online or offline. It is available in English only.
 
Requirements
Unlike earlier versions SIMU-THERM 6.5 is independent of MS Office. Acrobat Reader is necessary for using the PDF documentation If you use the Office expansions SIMU-THERM 6.5 needs MS Excel for printing and a database capable of ODBC (not necessarily Access) for the material management.
 
The SIMU-THERM “philosophy“  
There used to be no possibility of performing advanced thermal calculations for a refractory engineer because no affordable software was available.
Thus SIMU-THERM is dedicated to these goals:

  • Deliver high quality software for advanced thermal calculation
    at reasonable prices
  • Simplifying the handling of this software in order to allow the common
    usage of these methods

Even the first release of SIMU-THERM in 1990 (for MS DOS) included transient calculation and a comfortable dialog based user interface. Today the Finite Element interface enables the user to perform multidimensional computations within 15 minutes.
 
The present module structure  
Today SIMU-THERM consists of a basic program and several expansion modules. The base program is a high end heat transfer program allowing steady state and transient calculations.


Features of the base program:

  • Steady state and transient calculation up to 30 wall layers
  • Heat transfer coefficients calculated according to ASTM680 (1986 and 2004), VDI heat atlas.
  • Air gap layers: calculation for static air and free or forced air flow. Calculation includes the heat transfer across the gap by thermal radiation.
  • Impact of combustion atmosphere and heat bridges on heat conductivity
  • Material management system in including a collection of basic refractory material classes.
    Easy input and retrieval of your own materials.
    Supports the use of alias names and multilingual names for materials.
  • Print forms can easily be altered. 4 predefined print forms, each in printable English, German, French, Italian, Spanish. More languages are easy to add.

The expansion modules can be added to the base program in any order. They provide advanced calculation methods for different purposes.