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Thermal Facts and Fairy Tales: Automated Meshing Philosophy?

April 14th, 2016

Thermal Facts and Fairy Tales: Automated Meshing Philosophy? Peter Rodgers Fairy tales are a well-established way to convey science and technology education. For example, a recent textbook [1] has documented how a range of Victorian-era…read more

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The Appification of CFD Simulation has Started

January 18th, 2016

There has been much talk about the appification of established technologies. Discussion on the appification of high-value CAE simulation seems to have focused on the fact that it’s a when, not if. How such a…read more

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Room Temperature Metal Bonding – Heralding a Revolution In IC Performance and Reliability?

January 13th, 2016

A reliable electronic product is generally a cool one. In addition, one of the main limiters of non-functional performance is operating temperature. Keep your product cool and it will last longer and/or operate faster. Electronics…read more

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Automated Model Calibration in FloTHERM – A Future Cornerstone of Simulation Based Workflows, Today

January 12th, 2016

Available in the recently released FloTHERM V11.1 is the ability to calibrate a FloTHERM simulation model so that it matches experimentally measured results. The calibration process is automatic and results in a model with unrivaled…read more

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Top 7 FloTHERM V11 Features – #5: Overlapping Localized Grid

November 30th, 2015

A grid (mesh) defines a tessellated collection of small volumes that cover the 3D volume of space that is to be simulated using CFD. The governing equations are integrated (discretized) over these volumes and solved…read more

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Top 7 FloTHERM V11 Features – #4: FloMCAD Automation

November 27th, 2015

Software can be described in two ways, what it does (functional) and how it does it (non-functional). As a software matures in terms of its functional capability it is often the case that more effort…read more

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Top 7 FloTHERM V11 Features – #3: FloMCAD’s New GUI

October 5th, 2015

With FloTHERM V10 we embarked on a GUI replacement program to update the GUI and user experience for all of FloTHERM’s application windows. In V11 the replacement program continues with FloMCAD. As with all such…read more

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Top 7 FloTHERM V11 Features – #2: FloMCAD’s Voxelize

September 22nd, 2015

The simulation of MCAD geometry is a day to day requirement for the majority of thermal design engineers, especially those at systems integrating companies. Despite repeated advances over the last 2 decades in the robustness…read more

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Top 7 FloTHERM V11 Features – #1: Joule Heating

September 17th, 2015

FloTHERM V11 is now released and contains a wealth of interesting and useful features. In this blog series I’ll select my favourite top 7 and explain each one in some detail. To start with, Joule…read more

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A Couple of Other Electronics Thermal Blogs…

September 7th, 2015

Blogs are a great outlet if you are passionate about a subject. I’ve been running this blog on mentor.com for over 6 years now and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them as much as I…read more

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Comparison of HPC/Telecom Data Center Cooling Methods by Operating and Capital Expense – Extended Article

May 26th, 2015

Dr. Alexander Yatskov Thermal Form & Function Inc. Introduction Current high-performance computing (HPC) and Telecom trends have shown that the number of transistors per chip has continued to grow in recent years, and data center…read more

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Organically Grown 3D Printable Heatsinks – Part 4: A Fully Automated Methodology

April 30th, 2015

The additive design methodology itself is quite straightforward. It is however highly repetitive. Perform a simulation, identify a maximum temperature location, extend the geometry at that point, if thermal efficiency decreases then repeat. To appreciate…read more

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Organically Grown 3D Printable Heatsinks – Part 3: Smoothing the Edges

March 31st, 2015

The shape of the small piece of geometry that is added so as to successively ‘relieve’ the design determines the overall ‘jaggedness’ of the final geometry. A square section rod can only lead to a…read more

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Organically Grown 3D Printable Heatsinks – Part 2: Trunks and Branches

March 25th, 2015

Adrian Bejan’s Constructal Law states: “For a finite-size system to persist in time (to live), it must evolve in such a way that it provides easier access to the imposed currents that flow through it.”…read more

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