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Thermal management | Schneider electric

Schneider Electric offers a set of solutions for thermal management in electrical enclosures through the Climatys range.
An electrical panel is a set made up of the following elements:

  • The envelope.
  • The apparatus.
  • Electrical conductors.
  • Various functions (signaling, control, information processing).

It has evolved in three directions:

  • Envelopes increasingly made of insulating materials.
  • Switchgear integrating more and more electronics which concentrates more and more functions in an increasingly reduced volume.
  • Increasingly high filling rate.
Thermal management

Industrial safety studies, a concept which includes:

  • the safety of people and goods,
  • the availability of electrical energy,

show that this is one of the critical points of any industrial or tertiary activity.
Its operation must therefore be perfectly mastered; and this control must concern not only the functioning of its constituents but also their operating conditions in a given environment.

Temperature and humidity in the enclosure

The analysis of malfunctions and shutdowns of an electrical installation shows that they are mainly of thermal origin: temperature too high or too low inside the enclosure.

The increase in the average temperature, which can exceed the limits supported by the equipment, can be explained by changes in electrical panels:

  • Use of insulating materials for the envelope which limits the evacuation of calories.
  • Widespread use of electronics and a higher filling rate increase the temperature.

This overheating may only affect certain areas: hot spots.
The too low temperature is due to the installation of the electrical panel in a very cold environment. It can cause condensation to form, a phenomenon harmful to the equipment.


The presence of humidity or too high a temperature inside the enclosure can be the cause of many malfunctions:

  • Inadvertent triggering of protection devices.
  • Fire inside the envelope.
  • Burns for users.
  • Premature aging of the equipment.

The consequence of these malfunctions is an increase in the operating costs of the installation:

  • Maintenance costs.
  • Costs generated by the shutdown of the installation.

Solution: thermal management


The thermal management solution chosen must:

  • Maintain the temperature and humidity level inside the enclosure at values corresponding to normal operation of the equipment.
  • Homogenize the temperature to avoid hot spots.

Choice of solution

The choice of products constituting the thermal management solution is made by making the thermal balance of the installation. It has 2 components:

  • Thermal balance inside the envelope.
  • Assessment of the climatic (temperature, humidity) or environmental (pollution) conditions of the place where the electrical panel is located.

Schneider Electric solutions

With the ClimaSys range, Schneider Electric offers a complete offer meeting all needs:

  • Cool down.
  • Warm up.
  • Regulate.
  • Homogenize.

Schneider Electric also offers thermal calculation software, ProClima, which carries out the thermal balance and offers one or more thermal management solutions.

Panorama of solutions

Panorama Climasys

Ventilation systems: ClimaSys CV

ClimaSys CV

(1) Quick to install

  • Secure and effortless fixing thanks to the assisted fixing device and the multi-thickness fixing clip system.
  • Fixing also possible by screws.
  • Easy to reverse.
  • All motors are reversible and can therefore function as extractors by removing 4 screws.

(2) Quick filter change

Quick, easy and safe change of the filter installed in the fan even during operation.

(3) Selection of motors

  • Better flow and extended life.
  • Wide range of supply voltages available for standard motors, in alternating current 50/60 Hz or direct.

(4) Certification
> UL

(5) Optimized flow: average increase of 50%

  • Maximum useful surface.
  • Minimum pressure loss.
ventilation system

High level of waterproofing: IP54 as standard.


A patented system allows the evacuation of the water absorbed by the filter, in particular during pressurized projections.
This solution protects the fan or grille from any direct projection. The hood is the preferred solution to guarantee both:

  • An efficient air flow for cooling.
  • IP55 waterproofing.
    Two materials offered:
  • Sheet steel, painted in epoxy-polyester resin (RAL 7035) for outdoor applications.
  • 304L stainless steel for food processing applications.
  • Fan 38m3 / h.
  • Fan 85m3 / h.
  • Fan 165 m3 / h.
  • Fan 300 m3 / h.
  • Fan 560-850 m3 / h.

Ventilation architectures

(1) Type S architecture
The most common and competitive architecture.

  • Maximum heat dissipation to extract 800 W-1000 W.
  • ΔT ° of 5 ° C.
  • Easy access for mounting / removing the fan.
  • Air flow in the horizontal axis.

(2) T-type architecture
High calorie extraction capacity up to 1500 W.

  • Sound level with 1 fan: 55 dB when installed inside the ventilated roof.
  • ΔT ° of 5 ° C.
  • Air flow in the vertical axis.

(3) Type I architecture
Integrated architecture particularly suitable for public areas.

  • High calorie extraction capacity up to 1500 W.
  • Sound level with 1 fan: 55 dB when installed inside the ventilated roof.
  • Good extraction power.
  • Air flow in the vertical axis.
Ventilation architectures

CEM ventilation systems: CEM IP54 fan

To effectively protect equipment from electromagnetic interference, the CEM fan is fitted with:

  • A steel metal frame covering the plastic elements (self-extinguishing ABS in accordance with UL 94 V-0).
  • A metal grid integral with the frame.
  • A beryllium gasket ensuring conductivity between the perimeter of the fan unit and the casing.

CEM cover IP55
This solution guarantees protection against electromagnetic interference and ensures an IP55.
The CEM cover is installed on standard IP54 fans or outlet grilles.
The designed cover, in painted sheet steel for exterior use, completely covers the fan or the outlet grille.
Conductivity is obtained thanks to:

  • A conductive coating (2 Ω).
  • A conductive copper braid.

Hood with roof fan

Fan with hood, for cabinets and cells. Flow rate of 350 m3 / h with an outlet grille (cutout 291 x 291 mm).

  • Ingress protection index: IP54.
  • Certification: UL.
  • Installation: assembly and disassembly from the outside.
  • Electric power: 85 W.
  • Sound level: 64 dB (A).
  • Composition: supplied complete with screws and connection terminal block.
Hood with roof fan


(1) 19 ”2 U tangential fan
The air is drawn in from the front, filtered and delivered vertically through the equipment.

(2) 19 ”1 U circulation fan
Accelerates upward circulation of air, especially between card trays.
Front operation LED.
The installation of guides is recommended to ensure optimal support of the fan.


Air-air exchangers: ClimaSys CE

The choice of air-air exchangers makes it possible to take advantage of cooler ambient temperatures, for example on food and beverage production sites, and to be able to evacuate large quantities of heat while ensuring the independence of the internal and external air circuits .

Air-air exchangers: ClimaSys CE

(1) Improved energy efficiency through improved design

Thanks to a newly designed exterior grille and positioning the cooling system closer to critical equipment, such as gearshifts, ClimaSys now offers better airflow, improved cooling and improved energy efficiency.

(2) Simplicity and time saving

The free ProClima thermal calculation software makes prescribing easier and faster.
A new thermal solutions module integrates computing functions for cooling and control devices, helping to maximize energy efficiency of systems.

(3) Speed of installation

A number of design enhancements reduce installation time.
Simple cutouts and few screws are required for assembly. Cabling is done using intelligent interconnection systems.

(4) Protection
All side mount models are indoor IP55 according to EN 60529.

(5) Certifications and declarations

> CE.
> EAC.

Certifications and declarations

The air-to-air exchanger is used in highly polluted environments provided the ambient temperature is below the desired interior temperature by at least 10 ° C.

air-air exchanger

Specific power

> 22 W/K.
> 36 W/K.
> 50 W/K.
> 80 W/K.

Air-water exchangers: ClimaSys CE

The choice of air-water exchangers is particularly recommended in the case of difficult environments, without an external air circuit but with the possibility of installing a stable cold water circuit.

Air-water exchangers: ClimaSys CE

(1) Several mounting options

The air-water exchangers are available in two versions: roof model or side model.

(2) A wide range of power

A cooling capacity of up to 15 kW, among the highest nominal capacities in the world for air-water exchangers.

(3) Materials: new options to adapt to all applications

The air-water exchangers can be made of the same material as the electrical enclosures (for example stainless steel) to guarantee aesthetic homogeneity and thermal performance.

(4) Certifications and declarations

> UL.
> CE.
> EAC.

(5) Protection

All side models offer an IP55 protection rating inside and outside, in accordance with standard EN 60529.
The roof models are IP54.


Main components: thermostat adjustment system, exchange battery, fans for the internal circuits of the enclosure, protection device against possible leaks.
Lifting rings included in all models.

Cooling capacity W10A35

> 1000 W.
> 1750 W.
> 2500 W.
> 3500 W.
> 4500 W.
> 6000 W.
> 10000 W.
> 15000 W.
> 2500 W (Modèle de toit).

Retrofit panel

Panel that allows the assembly of new ClimaSys CE units to replace old Schneider Electric cooling systems.

Retrofit panel

Cooling units: ClimaSys CU

ClimaSys CU are cooling units for severe environments where the ambient temperature can reach 55 ° C.
The alarm system integrated into the unit signals any operating anomalies.

ClimaSys CU

(1) Several mounting solutions

Three models: roof model, floor model, side model.
There is also a SLIM model which saves space and allows perfect integration on the doors of the control panels.

(2) Wide range of power

Cooling capacity up to 15 kW.

(3) Improved protection

A newly designed interior grille protects components and personnel during equipment operation while facilitating cleaning and maintenance.

(4) Speed of access to information

The new screen provides quick access to configuration parameters and information from sensors located in the enclosure (not applicable to Heavy Duty exterior enclosures).

(5) New materials

Stainless steel and painted galvanized steel for the exterior.
Dedicated to clean and hygienic environments such as food and beverage production sites.

(6) Accuracy of thermal regulation

All ClimaSys cooling units are equipped with a precise electronic thermostat control system which gives them great cooling precision (+/- 1.5 ° C).

(7) Wide temperature range for outer envelopes

The outdoor version can withstand extreme environments, with an operating temperature range of -20 ° C to + 55 ° C.

(8) Certifications and declarations

> UL.
> CE.
> EAC.

(9) Simplicity

No tools are required to replace the filter.
A few seconds are enough.

Side models

Respect for the environment through the use of ecological gas R134a (HFC).

  • All models are equipped with an electronic thermostat.
  • Door contact alarm signal included in all models.
  • Lifting rings included.
  • The use of an external filter (not included as standard) is strongly recommended in severe environments.
  • Screen (HMI).
Side models

Cooling capacity L35-L35

  • 300 W (1024 Btu / h).
  • 380 W (1297 Btu / h).
  • 640 W (2184 Btu / h).
  • 820 W (2798 Btu / h).
  • 1000 W (3412 Btu / h).
  • 1250 W (4265 Btu / h).
  • 1600 W (5459 Btu / h).
  • 2000 W (6824 Btu / h).

Floor models

Floor models

Cooling capacity L35-L35

  • 5800 W (19790 Btu / h).
  • 6050 W (20643 Btu / h).
  • 7600 W (25932 Btu / h).
  • 7950 W (27126 Btu / h).
  • 9400 W (32 074 Btu / h).
  • 9850 W (33610 Btu / h).
  • 14,800 W (50,500 Btu / h).
  • 15,150 W (51,694 Btu / h).

Roof models

Respect for the environment through the use of ecological gas R134a (HFC).

  • Automatic evaporation system.
  • Door contact alarm signal included in all models.
  • Lifting rings included.
  • The use of an external filter (not included as standard) is strongly recommended in severe environments.
Roof models

Cooling capacity L35-L35

  • 410 W (1399 Btu / h).
  • 820 W (2798 Btu / h).
  • 1150 W (3924 Btu / h).
  • 1550 W (5289 Btu / h).
  • 2050 W (6995 Btu / h).
  • 2900 W (9895 Btu / h).
  • 3850 W (13137 Btu / h).

Roof mounting bracket

For installation on the roof of a Spacial SF cubicle of a roof model weighing more than 65 kg.

  • Material: steel.
  • Color: RAL 7035.
  • Composition: 2 units.
  • Teacher. 600 mm, Depth 800 mm.
Roof mounting bracket

Heavy Duty Outdoor Cooling Units

Side models
Respect for the environment through the use of ecological gas R134a (HFC).

  • All models are equipped with a mechanical thermostat.
  • Door contact alarm signal included in all models.
  • Lifting rings included.
  • The external filter is not included as standard. It is strongly recommended to install a metal filter.
  • Metal awning as standard.
  • Anti-corrosion protection (class C3H).
  • The interior components, including the capacitor, are covered with corrosion protection.
Heavy Duty Outdoor Cooling Units

Cooling capacity L35-L35

  • 380 W (1297 Btu / h).
  • 640 W (2184 Btu / h).
  • 820 W (2798 Btu / h).
  • 1000 W (3412 Btu / h).
  • 1600 W (5459 Btu / h).
  • 2000 W (6824 Btu / h).
  • 2900 W (9895 Btu / h).
  • 3850 W (13137 Btu / h).

Slim cooling units

Side models
Respect for the environment through the use of ecological gas R134a (HFC).

  • Electronic thermostat included.
  • 3 mounting positions (surface, semi-recessed and recessed).
  • Alarm signal for door contact.
  • Lifting rings included.
Slim cooling units

Cooling capacity L35-L35

  • 1100 W (3753 Btu / h).
  • 1500 W (5118 Btu / h).
  • 2000 W (6824 Btu / h).
  • 2500 W (8530 Btu / h).
  • 3200 W (10919 Btu / h).

Thermal management: ClimaSys CRS

Ultrafine heating resistors

Ultrafine heating resistors have been designed to solve condensation problems in the most complex installations.

Ultrafine heating resistors

Does the chassis used make it impossible to install a conventional heating resistor?
Here is the solution by Schneider Electric:

(1) Small footprint (thickness = 1.6 mm)

The space saving available for the equipment compared to a conventional resistance can be up to 30%.

(2) Heating and security

The heat is distributed over the entire surface and does not exceed 70 ° C. This temperature enables the devices located near the resistors to be handled in complete safety.

(3) Multiple mounting options

Innovative quick fixing system that uses self-adhesive scratch bands (no need for a tool) or fixing using basic accessories (screw + spacer). These systems make it easier to move the resistors when needed.

(4) Numerous installation positions

These resistors are so thin and flexible that they can be installed in many positions:

  • Vertically, on the side panels.
  • On the chassis.

(5) Energy efficiency

Ultrafine heating resistors are purely resistive (ohmic): consequently their starting current is low.

(6) Absence of disturbance emission

These resistors can be installed near electronic equipment to guarantee optimal heating.

Ultrafine heating resistors

5 mounting solutions:

Insulated PTC resistors

The heating resistors prevent the formation of condensation and guarantee an ideal temperature for the proper functioning of the electronic components inside the enclosure.
The configuration of the aluminum profile produces a “fireplace” effect: high natural convection.
Low energy consumption thanks to the self-regulation of the resistance with PTC technology.

Insulated PTC resistors

(1) Wide range of powers

  • 2 versions: by natural convection and with fan.
  • DC or AC power supply.
  • 7 powers, from 10 W to 550 W.

(2) Innovative design

(3) Ease of installation and connection

  • Reduced dimensions.
  • Quick electrical connection by terminal block.
  • No maintenance required.
  • Direct clipping on 35 mm DIN rail.

(4) Security

  • The protection prevents direct contact with the aluminum radiator.
  • Electrical protection device by terminal shields.
  • Equipped with a resistance with PTC technology.
  • Surface temperature below 70 ° C.

(5) Models with fan

  • The resistors equipped with a fan ensure the air is circulated and a uniform temperature inside the cabinet.
  • High flow and silent fan.

(6) Certifications

  • CE marking.
  • Range conforms to UL and VDE.

Aluminum PTC resistors

The heating resistors for electrical and electronic enclosures are equipped with heating devices using PTC (Positive Temperature Coefficient) technology. Thanks to the resistors:

  • The surface temperature stabilizes at 75 ° C when the ambient temperature is -5 ° C.
  • Electricity consumption is reduced.

The profile design of the heating resistors produces a “chimney” effect, resulting in an increase in natural convection and maintaining a uniform temperature inside the cabinet.

Wide range of powers: 8 powers distributed from 10 to 400 W.

Aluminum PTC resistors

(1) Quick fixing

The heating resistors are fixed using clips on a 35 mm DIN rail.

(2) Connection cables

The 10 and 20 W resistors are equipped with a 2 x 0.75 x 300 mm power cable.

(3) Connection terminals

Resistors with a power greater than 20 W are fitted with a connection terminal block.

(4) Models with fan

Models from 250 to 400 W with fan.

Thermal regulation: ClimaSys CC

Mechanical and electronic thermostats

  • Wide temperature regulation range.
  • Reduced dimensions.
  • Easily accessible terminals.
Mechanical and electronic thermostats

Electronic thermostats:

  • LED display: Display visible even in the dark.
  • Operating temperature range -40 ° C… +80 ° C.
  • Exist for the following applications:
    • Electronic temperature regulator.
    • Electronic temperature and humidity regulator.
    • Electronic humidity regulator.

Quick fixing systems
(1) On 35 mm DIN rail.
(2) On Spacial upright.
(3) On crossbar.
(4) On frame.
(5) Certifications and declarations: UL, CE.

Thermostats are available with either NO, NC or NO / NC outputs.

Mechanical thermostats:
NO contact thermostat:

  • To control the stopping of a heating resistance when the temperature exceeds the displayed value.

NC contact thermostat:

  • To control the start of a fan when the temperature exceeds the maximum value displayed.
  • To regulate the temperature in the enclosure by only starting the fan when necessary and therefore increases the life of the fan and reduces clogging of the filter.


(1) Smoke detector

Visible smoke detector with VdS approval for rapid detection of fires, even with clear smoke.

  • Usable in a temperature range of -20 to +60 ° C.

(2) Vibration detector
Detects movements and vibrations of varying intensities. Adjustable sensitivity.

(3) Presence detector

Signals movements in the area using an infrared system.
Adjustable sensitivity.
Anti-sabotage protection.

(4) Extension cable

4-core cable for detectors.

  • Four lengths available: 5, 10, 15 and 20 m.
  • Type RJ 11.

(5) Temperature detector

  • Temperature range: 0… +60 ° C.
  • Measurement accuracy: ± 1 ° C.

(6) Moisture detector

  • Range of humidity values: 10 … 90% relative humidity between 0 and +60 ° C.
  • Measurement accuracy: ± 3% relative humidity.

(7) Combined temperature / humidity detector

Combines the functions of temperature and humidity detection.

  • Temperature range: 0… +60 ° C.
  • Temperature measurement accuracy: ± 1 ° C.
  • Range of humidity values: 10 … 90% relative humidity between 0 and +60 ° C.
  • Measurement accuracy: ± 3% relative humidity.

Thermal regulation

Cabinet controller

  • The cabinet controller monitors and protects all distribution bay, network and server equipment as well as their environment.
  • Ambient parameters can be measured and operating states listed using different sensors and multiple inputs.
  • Signaling and display: on the device, serial interface, Ethernet network.
  • Digital inputs and switching outputs allow permanent monitoring and appropriate actions.

Connection possibilities to the cabinet controller:

  • 4 detectors references NSY11951, NSY11952 and / or NSY11953.
  • 4 detectors references NSY11954 or NSY11956.
  • 8 isolated digital inputs (potential free).
  • 2 digital inputs.
  • 1 serial input used for monitoring devices with a communication protocol.
Cabinet controller

(1) Pin circuit breaker.
(2) Connection to the network.
(3) Port for phase monitoring.
(4) Digital switching outputs.
(5) Digital inputs (references NSY11955 and NSY11958).
(6) Inputs for alarms (references NSY11954 and NSY11956).
(7) Ports for detector references NSY11951, NSY11952 and NSY11953.
(8) Ports for uninterruptible power supply.
(9) Connection to the RJ45 Ethernet network.
(10) Serial interface for external devices.
(11) Serial interface for connecting a terminal.

Door contact

Monitors access with a magnetic sensor that reacts to any material that conducts magnetic flux.

  • Length of the supplied cable: 4 m.
  • Maximum cable length: 20 m.
Door contact

Method for determining a thermal management solution

Here is a simple method to help choose a thermal solution.
This method does not take into account the humidity level on the outside of the enclosure.

1 – Characteristics of the envelope

Characteristics of the envelope

2 – Thermal power dissipated by the components

3 – Temperatures outside the enclosure

4 – Average temperatures desired in the enclosure

5 – Temperature in the enclosure without thermal management system

Calculation of the power (Psyst) of thermal management

at. Cooling systems:
Psyst = Pd – K x S (Tidmax – Temax) = 686 W

b. Resistors:
Electrical installation permanently functioning
Psyst = K x S (Tidmin – Temin) – Pd
Electrical installation operating discontinuously
Psyst = K x S (Tidmin – Temin)

Choice of solution

1 – Cool
Condition: Calculated temperature + 5 ° C> Desired temperature.

2 – Reheat
If the calculated temperature is lower than the desired temperature, the inside of the envelope must be warmed. The solution is the use of heating resistors. They make it possible to maintain the temperature above the dew point and thus avoid any risk of condensation.
To maintain a uniform temperature inside the enclosure and thus avoid hot spots, Schneider Electric offers a heating resistor equipped with a fan.

3 – Homogenize
Objective: to avoid hot spots.
Solution: circulation fan.

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