Hillsboro, PA--Osram Sylvania's automotive lighting components are activated countless times every day as drivers signal lane changes and passengers open doors. To ensure the safety of these components, Osram Sylvania analyzes its product designs with software from Algor Inc. (Pittsburgh, PA)
Recently, engineer Charlie Coushaine used Algor software to reduce the heat that passes from a light bulb through a metal component to the plastic lighting base. For each trial design, Coushaine used Superdraw III to interface with his CAD system, then employed Algor's Heat Transfer Analysis software to determine how hot the lighting component would become.
"Once I have a design in the CAD system, I apply a mesh using Algor's Merlin or Hexagen meshing tools and then apply loads and boundary conditions in Superdraw III," explains Coushaine. "The process of meshing and preparing a model for analysis is so quick that I can maintain my geometry in the CAD system and bring each design iteration over to Algor for analysis," he adds.