Conduction Analysis

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Electric Conduction is, in essence, based on the electrostatic approximation. Unlike the Electrostatic analysis which deals with insulators and electric conductors, the Electric Conduction deals with only conducting media which can sustain a current flow.


The Electric Conduction module is primarily used for computing current flow in conductors due voltage differences. It has many practical applications, including:

  • Resistors
  • Fuses
  • Bus Bars
  • Cables
  • shunts
  • Solar cells
  • Electronic circuits
  • Biological medium
  • Hardening
  • Anodizing


The Electric Conduction module outputs the following results for each study:

  • Electrostatic potential
  • Electric field
  • Electric flux density
  • Capacitance matrix
  • Force
  • Torque
  • Stored energy
  • Temperature
  • Temperature gradient
  • Heat flux

Examples of design issues

The Electric Conduction module can help study a large number of devices and address numerous conducting and joule effects.Below is just a partial list:

  • Protect electric and electronics equipment from over current by designing the appropriate fuse.
  • Protect electric and electronics equipment from over voltage condition by designing the appropriate crowbar circuit that uses both fuses and shunts.
  • Measure the current flowing though an electric circuit by designing the appropriate shunt.
  • Assure the proper current flow in solar cells.
  • Identify weak spots in electric and electronic circuits.
  • Assure the proper amount of current flow in medical and biomedical devices.
  • Avoid over-heating and melting any current carrying devices.
  • Approximate heating and hardening penetrations in industrial applications.
  • Assure the proper plating and anodizing in electro-chemical applications.
  • Compute the resistance of arbitrary shaped conductors.
  • Compute the electric current density in arbitrary shaped conductor.
  • Evaluate the electric field strength and voltage distribution.
  • Compute the temperature, temperature gradient, and heat flux due to Joule heating.