INDUCTO 2Dprogram provides coupled electromagnetic and thermal analysis in the 2D/RS domain. The eddy current simulation capabilities of OERSTED are linked to the thermal analysis capabilities of KELVIN to provide a complete solution for induction heating problems.

INDUCTO 2D can perform both transient and steady-state simulations. In addition, the OERSTED and KELVIN modules can be used separately when coupled simulations are not required.

Using INDUCTO 2D designers can:

  • Determine temperature distribution at all points within a model
  • Calculate effective resistance and reactance of induction coils
  • Calculate total power requirements for induction heating systems
  • Custom design coils to accommodate specific induction heating applications
  • Design flux concentrators, magnetic shunts and electromagnetic shields
  • Investigate effects of transient heating and cooling regimes

INDUCTO 2D Information sheet

Key Features

  • 2D/RS magnetic and thermal analyses field solver applications involving inductive heating.
  • At no extra cost, our software packages include:
    • Choice of solvers: To ensure you have confidence in the solution and for independent verification, both  BEM and FEM  methods are included in the same software package to suit your specific application needs. Not every solver fits every application, no “one size fits all”.
    • Choice of optimization tools: Parametric Analysis  for those who need fast and easy optimization with a short learning curve. API  and Scripting  give more power to advanced users. Both tools are available in  the same  package.
    • Built-in material libraries: Customize and create your own library for easy access to the materials you use.
    • Integration with MATLAB®: Users' MATLAB code can include function calls to the INTEGRATED API to build geometry, assign physical parameters, solve, and obtain results.
    • Parallelization: When used on 64-bit computers, this premits full utilization of the available RAM to dramatically increase speed of solution and post-processing.
  • Intuitive interface that can be easily customized according to user preferences (overall appearance, toolbars, solvers, backgrounds, defaults, etc).

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System Requirements:

  • 64 bit operating system
  • Microsoft ® Windows Vista ®, Windows 7, Windows 8 or higher
  • If you encounter problems installing from a network drive, please contact INTEGRATED Technical Support
  • Installation requireds approximately 110 MB of disk space
2D Programs:
  • A minimum of 4 GB of RAM is required.
  • Although the software runs on single-processor machines, running it on multiprocessor sustem will allow the software to solve in a parallel fashion utilizing parallel resources.

INDUCTO 2Dutilizes the eddy current field solver to compute the current distribution induced in a work-piece. It provides the choice of both Boundary Element Method (BEM) and Finite Element Method (FEM) field solvers.The current density distribution produced by induction heating are highly dependent on source frequency.  Skin effects increase with frequency and result in high current densities near the surface.

The resulting Joule Loss heating will display a greater concentration since it is proportional to the square of the current.

The electromagnetic solution typically has a much smaller time constant than the thermal solution. As such the steady state electromagnetic solution can be used as a distributed power source for either the steady-state or transient thermal analysis.

The thermal analysis module imports the spatial power loss computed as a constant non-uniform distributed heat source. The resulting heat source can be modified to simulate virtually any type of time dependence. In the simplest case, an on/off pulsing of the source can be used to simulate a heating and cooling transient.

The heat flux distribution in the work-piece will be determined by both the eddy current and thermal field solutions.

Though the Joule Loss is heavily concentrated near the surface because of skin effect, conduction within the work-piece may result in the highest temperatures occurring at some distance from the surface. The temperature variation within the work-piece will be highly dependent on its thermal conductivity. A comparison of steady-state Joule Loss distribution (left) computed from electromagnetic solution and the resulting steady-state temperature distribution (right) computed from coupled thermal analysis is presented.

Rotationally symmetric model of a sphere surrounded by a toroidal coil. Color contours show power density produced by induced eddy currents.

Color contours show steady-state temperature distribution produced by eddy current heating.

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