All good things come to those who wait. For beer this entails a trade off between anticipation and satisfaction. If, too soon after you put the room temperature beer in the fridge, you get your child to grab a beer for you, your thirst might be quenched but your satisfaction might not be. Wait too [...]
January 27th, 2011
January 7th, 2011
As the ancient proverb goes; a beer fridge without beer is like X Factor, utterly pointless. You’d have thought that by clogging up the insides of the fridge with pesky cans of beer you’d cripple it’s thermal performance. As someone once said of Simon Cowell …”O, how wrong you are”.
When modelling a can of beer [...]
January 4th, 2011
The futility of investigating the cooling effectiveness of any empty fridge is beginning to dawn on me, the irony of which is matched only by my new-years-resolution-inspired-sobriety. Never mind, let’s see this particular study through… Whether in a beer ridden fury or in moments of Galilean scientific investigation, you might find yourself kicking the fridge [...]
December 21st, 2010
Beer drinkers are notoriously quiet people and as such would not want to be disturbed by the continuous hissing and whirring of a classic compression/expansion refrigeration cycle type beer fridge. They would argue that’s why both kids and kitchens were invented. Kitchens to put the noisy fridge in, kids to go get the next beer. [...]
November 26th, 2010
My boss, Roland, relocated from Germany to the UK a couple of years ago and has taken to life in England with alacrity. As a gift for the Mechanical Analysis product development department (Hampton Court) he bought a little fridge which has been busy ever since cooling the beer in it that everyone has been [...]
November 19th, 2010
Power on an IC package, measure the resulting transient response of the junction temperature and from that infer a wealth of information about the structure of the package that the heat has to flow through. Such a methodology is at the heart of the Mechanical Analysis Division’s T3Ster(pronounced “trister”) product. Some simulation software vendors pitch [...]
November 5th, 2010
Here at the Mechanical Analysis Department we love FloTHERM and we love developing FloTHERM to ensure it keeps up with the needs and follows the trends of the electronic thermal simulation market. The latest release of FloTHERM, V9.1, has a wealth of features and benefits that continues to ensure it’s position as the #1 CFD based [...]
October 27th, 2010
Simulation has, to date, focused primarily on the prediction of an operating state that is compared to a design acceptable state to judge the compliance of that design. From an electronics cooling perspective that state is often taken as the operating temperature of packaged ICs, most commonly a case (Tc) or junction (Tj) temperature. FloTHERM has, over [...]
August 12th, 2010
In my last post I pointed out a very obvious mistake in Blue Ridge Numerics’ “CFD Comparison Chart” of March 19th this year, which incorrectly stated that FloEFD can only handle incompressible sub-sonic flows.
The reason I highlighted this as the most obvious mistake in the “CFD Comparison Chart” is that FloEFD can trace its history [...]
August 10th, 2010
The internet is big. It’s not sentient yet, though Robert Swayer has written a compelling story of how it might ‘Wake‘. In fact it’s far from intelligent at all. Banal comments about “how we ever managed without it” will age so quickly that future historians will assume a typo, more intelligence than we currently have and [...]
July 27th, 2010
Every industry or industry sub-sector has its movers and shakers, its pioneers and thought leaders. These people have likely helped shape and evolve that industry to what it is today and what it may become in the future. For this series of ‘An Interview With…’ blog posts I will be posing the same set of questions [...]
July 19th, 2010
If you’re involved in CFD in education in any way this will be of interest to you. Since shortly after Flomerics were acquired by Mentor Graphics we’ve been working towards getting out products into Mentor’s Higher Education Program (HEP), and we’ve finally got it done.
To my knowledge, the availability of potentially millions of dollars worth [...]
July 14th, 2010
The etymology of the phrase ‘red hot’ dates back to the 14th century describing the colour attained by metal as it is heated. When attributed to people it can euphemistically be used to describe passion and attractiveness. Any colourful picture output from a numerical thermal simulation of an electronics system will have red depicting hot and [...]
July 1st, 2010
“Authorities in the US have instructed Sony to conduct a recall of its Vaio laptops, after problems with overheating were reported.” started this article on the BBC’s web site.
There is a saying, ” the news is never as good or as bad as it is first reported”. And so it is with this story. It’s not [...]