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Underfloor Electric Heating. Part III – Penny wise, pound foolish.

October 18th, 2011

It would only have cost me an extra £170, a small extra compared to the cost of the rest of the build, but I decided against laying thermal insulation boards directly under the underfloor electric…read more

Underfloor Electric Heating. Part II – Infrared Thermography

August 19th, 2011

3D simulation can provide a detailed prediction of temperature and heat flux values at 10s of 1000s of points in a 3D model, experimental methods are somewhat limited in terms of the wealth of data…read more

Underfloor Electric Heating. Part I: In by Christmas

August 11th, 2011

It’s been over two years since the foundations went in for the extension we’re building on our house. In that time I’ve come to respect and somewhat rely on glib phrases such as “Good things…read more

Come, meet FloTHERM/VENT/EFD users, learn and enjoy!

June 28th, 2011

As a FloTHERM, FloVENT or FloEFD user you might not realise it but you are part of a global and growing user community. This year we are hosting 3 ‘U2U’ (user to user) meetings in…read more

PC Overclocking and Aftermarket Modding. Part III – Power vs. Frequency?

June 13th, 2011

Thermal simulation of electronic systems using FloTHERM usually involve the definition of the 3D geometry and relevant material properties, specification of the power dissipation of the components as well as the ambient temperature that together lead to a numerical prediction of the resulting heat fluxes and temperatures. If the predicted component temperatures are too high […]

PC Overclocking and Aftermarket Modding. Part II – Liquid Nitrogen Overclocking, How Cool is That?

June 6th, 2011

I’m a big fan of product demonstrations. Having once been an application engineer, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of showing the use of a software like FloTHERM live in front of a prospect. Concentrating on highlighting the main features of the product whilst being bombarded with a barrage of questions about it is certainly […]

PC Overclocking and Aftermarket Modding. Part 1 – When Colour Matters.

May 24th, 2011

Automotive aftermarket modification has both mass appeal and a multi-million dollar turnover. Neon underbody lighting, enhanced radiator systems, aero-dynamic side skirts and hood scoops are but some of the ways in which you can part with your hard earned cash for that unbeatable feeling of looking sideways at the person in the car next to […]

Desktop PC with Integrated Toaster – As if!

April 8th, 2011

OK, so it won’t go down in the annals of history as the best April fools ever but it had me going until I tried to order it on line. Here’s what you get:

April 8th 2011, Ross-on-Wye

Thermal Design Perfection Starts with the use of FloTHERM PACK

April 8th, 2011

‘Plagiarism saves time’ as can be seen in the title of this blog, a nod to Tom Hausherr’s excellent blog series, particularly Part 15 that focuses on QFNs. Whereas the internal construction of a package is of little interest when defining CAD library symbols, from a thermal simulation perspective they are absolutely critical. FloTHERM PACK can […]

We Love FloTHERM V9.2

April 7th, 2011

FloTHERM, and its sister product FloVENT, have been going since 1989. Many in the Mechanical Analysis Division in Mentor have been working on these products for that time, personally I’m up to 15 years. It’s testament to the products and their success that our passion for them continues unabated. V9.2 was released this week, the […]

Desktop PC with Integrated Toaster – the Future is Now

April 1st, 2011

The convergence of technology platforms continues apace, especially in the mobile telephony world. The world of overclockers and case modders isn’t standing still either. For the bargain price of $29.99 you can bag yourself a 5.25 inch bay toaster from CrazyPC.com. The wonderful dichotomy of having a system that requires both electronics thermal cooling and benefits from […]

Do you know the way to San Jose?

March 18th, 2011

One of the highlights of the electronics thermal management calender is the annual SEMI-THERM symposium held in sunny San Jose, California and it’s with the usual sense of excitement that I’m preparing to attend it. The acquisition of Flomerics by Mentor Graphics was two and half years ago and, despite the expectations of many, the […]

Beer Fridge – A Case Study in Thermal Design. Part 6 – Baffles and Bottlenecks

February 14th, 2011

For a blog series focused on thermal design there has been precious little design presented so far. Design is the process of making a plan for the construction of an object/product. Whether you subscribe to the rational or action-centric model of the design process, some form of iteration and adaption is used to arrive at […]

Beer Fridge – A Case Study in Thermal Design. Part 5 – Time for a FloBEER

January 27th, 2011

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 […]