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:

FloCAD online training

Class times: May 2 & 4 from 10am to 2pm MT

Cost: $425

This online class will provide an introduction to fluid modeling components within FloCAD. The class will be held over a 2-day period, with daily sessions running approximately 4 hours each. The class uses a mixture of lecture, demonstrations, and self-paced tutorials to allow attendees to practice building fluid system models and interpreting results. The presentations will comprise 2 - 3 hours of each session, and the instructor will be available during the remainder of the time for questions during tutorials. Attendees must have basic working knowledge of SINDA and Thermal Desktop as these topics will not be covered but their usage is required for FloCAD.

Register here

Thermal Desktop, RadCAD, and TD Direct in-class training

Date: April 25-28, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., daily
Location: Lakewood, CO

CRTech will be hosting introductory training for Thermal Desktop, RadCAD and TD Direct. Lecture and hands-on tutorials introduce attendees to basic Thermal Desktop and RadCAD usage and allow practice building models and interpreting results. The class will also introduce students to SpaceClaim direct modeling CAD interface and advanced meshing tools in TD Direct.

Daily Schedule

Day 1 and 2: Introduction to SINDA and Thermal Desktop
Day 3: Introduction to RadCAD
Day 4: Introduction to TD Direct

To learn more about this class and to register, visit our Training Page.

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Using Sinaps? It is not too soon to get started with TD/FloCAD!

This webinar describes the process for converting from Sinaps to Thermal Desktop (TD) and FloCAD. This process includes using an exporter which works with Version 6.0 of the CRTech tool suite (expected to be released in May of 2017).

Come learn about the basics of TD/FloCAD, including many compelling features not available in Sinaps. The webinar will also cover how to manage the transition period, during which you may be using both programs simultaneously. This is also a chance to ask questions. 

If you missed this webinar, please contact us for the presentation material and recording.