A Multidisciplinary Numerical Modeling Tool Integrating CFD and Thermal System Simulation for Automotive HVAC System Design
A multidisciplinary toolset integrating ANSYS FLUENT CFD solver and GM in-house thermal system design tool - e-Thermal has been developed to design automotive HVAC systems. This toolset utilizes COM software interface standard of MS Windows for inter-process communication at simulation run-time to synchronize the two applications and to exchange data. In this report, first, the implementation of this fully transient, coupled method between FLUENT CFD and e-Thermal is introduced. We then apply this integrated tool to simulate a transient A/C operating cycle including hot-soak and cool-down of a cabin. The coupled simulation consists of an A/C and an Air-Handling (HVAC module) system models, and a cabin CFD model. It demonstrates that the coupled method can simulate fully transient HVAC system operations in a vehicle.