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Domestic Hot Water Heating, ‘Wat-er’ Waste of Energy. Part 4: ‘Wat-er’ Waste of Time

January 21st, 2015

Energy isn’t the only thing that is wasted when dealing with hot water supply. Time is as well. The house I live in is nearly 200 years old. It wasn’t a very well made house…read more

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Thermal Simulation to Improve LED Car Headlight Design

January 13th, 2015

Structural changes to LED headlights have generally been adding to the complexity of  its production, according to researchers. Certain car models come with a few choices of headlights, such as the new Audi TT which…read more

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Domestic Hot Water Heating, ‘Wat-er’ Waste of Energy. Part 3: Cool-down

January 9th, 2015

Horror vacui, Natura abhorret vacuum, Resintenza del vacuo; from Aristotle to Galileo, it has long been known that here on earth matter tends to flow from where it is to where it isn’t. Fast forward…read more

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Domestic Hot Water Heating, ‘Wat-er’ Waste of Energy. Part 2: Warm-up

December 19th, 2014

Sure, most modern homes have much more advanced water heating systems than a big tank with an electric heater element. Systems that work on ‘point of use’ heating concepts that heat the water as it…read more

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Domestic Hot Water Heating, ‘Wat-er’ Waste of Energy. Part 1: Pun Intended

December 15th, 2014

Human technical prowess relies heavily on the conversion of energy from one form to another, to meet our needs. Physiological needs underpin Maslow’s pyramid of all our other ones. The availability of hot water is…read more

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If You’re Going to Lose it, You Might as Well Use it!

November 25th, 2014

A lot of engineering involves the management of energies, converting them from one form to another, channeling off useful work to power our cars, planes, phones, lights etc. To date we haven’t come up with…read more

The Electronics Cooling Metaphorical Drinking Game

October 1st, 2014

There are a handful of quoted and re-quoted drivers, concepts and technologies in the electronics cooling industry. Be it a presentation, peer reviewed paper, press release, thermal design guide or webinar the same core material…read more

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Xilinx Patent for Critical Tj Prediction

September 19th, 2014

A recently issued patent describes a process by which the critical IC temperature (junction temperature, Tj) can be determined in an end user environment. A critical junction temperature is one that, should the IC temperature…read more

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Dell Precision – Spot on Thermal Design

September 8th, 2014

Develop 3D is a UK based Magazine and Website focussing on the technologies involved in product design. The latest copy had a fascinating article on Dell’s Precision Workstation labs. This blog is being written on…read more

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Top 10 FloTHERM V10 Features – #11: Odds and Sods

September 5th, 2014

A release so good it has 11 best top 10 features, very Spinal Tap. I thought I’d wrap up this series with a list of more minor, but imo, very useful features and finish off…read more

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Top 10 FloTHERM V10 Features – #10: Improved Solar Calculator

September 4th, 2014

Arguably the most important (and often least well characterised) parameter controlling the temperature of electronic products is their power dissipation. Usually dissipated on the active layer of a die, this heat power seeps through the…read more

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Top 10 FloTHERM V10 Features – #9: Data Center Simulation

September 3rd, 2014

FloVENT, FloTHERM’s sister product aimed at 3D CFD simulation of the built environment, has for many years been able to simulate the thermal behaviour of a data center. After all a data center is a…read more

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Top 10 FloTHERM V10 Features – #8: Thermostatic Control with Hysteresis

August 29th, 2014

Electronics thermal simulation historically focussed on steady state conditions, worse case scenarios where for example a power dissipation is assumed at a maximum and unchanging. Not a direct reflection of reality but the conservative (over)temperature…read more

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Top 10 FloTHERM V10 Features – #7: Super-fast Parallel CFD Solver

July 18th, 2014

I’m sure in the (far) future, product design and manufacture will just involve a big box that you can ask to make things for you. “A leg driven transport device with communication, health monitoring and…read more

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