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3D Thermal Analysis of a Robotics Component

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Heat conduction in a magnesium robotics component with finite element analysis (FEA).


Updated 14 Apr 2017

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This finite element thermal analysis (FEA) examines the heat tolerance for a robotics component.
A single domain heat conduction analysis is performed on the nearest robotic component to the heat producing circuit board. The analysis is then extended to perform a parallel Design of Experiment (DOE) analysis to calculate temperature as a function of thermal conductivity. A desired thermal conductivity of the composite material is chosen through linear fitting to keep the robotics component below shut off temperatures.
The robot arm model was created in Onshape. The exported CAD STL is provided with this entry. To learn more about Onshape go to:
The robot arm and material properties is based on the youBot:
To learn more about Partial Differential Equation Toolbox, go to:

Required Products:
Partial Differential Equation Toolbox for the finite element thermal analysis (FEA).
Symbolic Math Toolbox for unit conversions.
Parallel Computing Toolbox for multiple analysis runs.
Statistics and Machine Learning Toolbox for linear fitting.

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MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2017a
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