Reduction of Energy Consumption for Tire Test Room
This final year project thesis offers a software-implemented 3-dimensional simulated analysis of airflow and heat transfer in 3D models of the 4-tire test room and the 6-tire test room from Continental Tyre Technology Centre Sdn Bhd. This analysis investigates the efficiency of each test room's start-up process and finds the most efficient way to do so. Another reason is to maintain temperature stability during testing in a more efficient manner. Initial 3D models were created with specifications provided by Continental using SolidWorks software. Then, the initial models were simulated with specific parameters and calculated data in ANSYS. The outcomes of computations of the average performance using computer-generated analysis are computed over 100 iterations. The simulated data will signify temperature in specific areas of the test rooms and the airflow within the room. Once the initial simulations were done, new models with new locations of heaters were created, and simulations with the same parameters were conducted. Then, the results from the new models were compared to the initial results. The best resolution to finding the most efficient way to reach the required temperature range would be to install the heaters at the bottom of the room underneath the rolling drums. In addition, an HVAC temperature controller will be installed to help maintain the temperature stability in the rooms in a more efficient manner.