Thermodynamic Tools for Holistic Analysis and Optimization of Energy Efficient Data Centers

Sample Project:

A Chip to Cooling Tower Thermodynamic System Simulator (VTAS)


Build a data center thermodynamic simulator to model a system constructed from individual components (servers, racks, room, CRAC, chiller, cooling tower, air side economizer)



  • VTAS  (Villanova Thermodynamic Analyzer of Systems) is a MATLAB simulation tool (release 1.0 December 2012)
  • System components are described by both simple and more sophisticated models
  • VTAS allows flow network modeling to compute operating temperatures and pressures; exergy calculations, transient modeling capability for component models
  • VTAS allows modeling of air, hybrid and liquid cooling systems


VTAS  (Villanova Thermodynamic Analyzer of Systems)
VTAS  (Villanova Thermodynamic Analyzer of Systems)
VTAS  (Villanova Thermodynamic Analyzer of Systems)
Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems

Villanova ES2 Team Areas of Expertise
Thermal management
Electronics cooling
Fluid mechanics
Convective heat transfer
Sustainable energy technology
Multiscale systems
Computational fluid dynamics


Director: Dr. Aaron Wemhoff, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Phone: (610) 519-8045