Electronics Cooling

Fluid and Thermal Modeling for Electronic Design

SINDA/FLUINT has been widely used for thermal modeling of electronics in the aerospace industry for decades. FloCAD® differentiates our product from other network style solvers by expanding the applicability of the code to ground-based electronics with convective environments, liquid cooling, and two-phase cooling loops (including refrigeration, thermosiphons, and immersion cooling). The geometric interface of Thermal Desktop® provides 3D CAD methods for simulating air cooling and thermal behavior of electronic enclosures, PC boards, heat sinks, and electronic racks.

Our suite of tools provides the unique ability to perform integrated thermohydraulic modeling of enclosures, capturing both the thermal and fluid aspects of mass and heat transfer. The user-friendly interface provides the designer the ability to quickly model a system yet provides the flexibility to easily perform sensitivity parametrics, optimization, and other high level operations related to sizing and reliability estimation.

Immersion-cooled Electronics

You have the ability to model fans, pumps, ducts, valves, filters, and other miscellaneous loss elements. Fluids may be selected from the built in property data base or the user may specify his/her own fluid properties. The most common choices for air cooled electronics include dry and moist air (including condensation and other psychometric effects), and for coolant loop fluids choices include water, water-glycol, PAO, 3M's NOVEC® fluids, etc. Even two-phase systems such as vapor compression cycle refrigeration systems can be modeled quickly and reliably.

Highlights of capabilities

  • An inexpensive fast-to-model and fast-to-solve alternative to CFD for air-cooled electronics
  • Fully parametric for easy model changes
  • The only piping network code for coolant loops and heat pipes that lets you lay out 1D lines within 3D thermal/structural geometry
  • Best-of-class design and analysis software for vapor compression refrigeration cycles and other two-phase systems such as spray cooling loops, immersion cooling systems, heat pipes, loop heat pipes, and thermosyphons
  • Best-of-class CAD-based and FEM-compatible thermal radiation, conduction, and contact resistance modeling tools
  • Advanced analysis methods for sizing/optimization, automated model calibration to test data, and statistical design including tolerancing and reliability studies

Sample Model

For more information:

Choking and High-speed Flow

Tuesday December 17th, 2pm MST

When flow velocities get big, things gets interesting. Above Mach=0.1, the bulk fluid "sees" a wall that is warmer than the structural temperature due to deceleration within the boundary layer. Above Mach=0.3, kinetic energy changes cease to be negligible. And of course, nothing moves faster than Mach=1.0 for internal flow. When you also add in changes in flow area, or changes in phase ... well, let's just say that doesn't simplify anything.

This webinar will introduce you to the phenomena involved, with a focus on the FloCAD modeling parameters available and their associated correlations and assumptions.

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Turbomachinery and Rotating Passages (Secondary Flows)

Thursday December 19th, 2pm MST

Are turbomachines a component in your system, and you'd like to treat them as a "black box"?

Or are they the focus of your work, and the cycle is just a boundary condition to you?

Either way, this webinar will have something to offer you. Each type of turbomachine will be covered: pumps and fans, positive and variable displacement compressors, and turbines (whether gas or hydraulic). Methods for modeling systems like turbochargers and turbopumps will be introduced. Tools for handling spinning flow passages and rotating cavities will be presented.

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Starting in 2020, we will begin offering Introduction to Thermal Desktop and Introduction to RadCAD as either in-person training or online training, alternating between online and in-person every three months. The training uses lectures and demonstrations to introduce you to basic Thermal Desktop and RadCAD usage. Hands-on tutorials provide practice building models and interpreting results (tutorials are completed by students outside of the online class time).
 
The next training class will be an online format in January 2020:
  • Introduction to Thermal Desktop (and SINDA) - A three-part series on January 14, 16, and 21 from 9am to 12pm, Mountain time
  • Introduction to RadCAD - January 23 from 9am to 12pm, Mountain time
For up-to-date schedules, fees, and policies, visit our Product Training page. To register for the class above, complete our registration form and select "Online" for the Training Format.
 
If you are interested in product training for your company based on your schedule, please contact us to obtain a quote for training between 8-12 attendees. We can come to your facility or the lectures can be presented online. Descriptions of the available classes can be found in our course catalog.
 
To keep up with our training opportunities, take a look at our new Events and Training Calendar.