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14 Feb, 2014

Doug Kolak Do you know someone who had issues with an automobile overheating or an issue with a sump pump?  What about someone who has flown on an aircraft or even used electricity?   If I had to take a not so wild guess, I would bet that most people out there with the ability to read a blog post would answer yes to at least one of these questions.  This is good because it means you have at least indirectly … Read More

Software, Power Generation, system driven design, Aerospace, Mentor Graphics, CFD, Design Process

6 Jul, 2010

Nazita Saye Is common sense all that common? If it were, people wouldn’t cause gridlock (if you can’t clear the intersection, wait on your side of the intersection. Easy.).  If the red light is out, treat it as a stop sign – everyone gets a chance, traffic moves smoothly and everyone eventually crosses the intersection safely. Hmmm… can you tell traffic was especially nasty on the way to work today? Anyway, we’re … Read More

Physical Prototype, Integrated Device Technology, semiconductor packaging, design change, Design Process, cost, FloTHERM PACK, IDT, ECO, engineering change orders

1 Jul, 2010

John Parry “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 a product recall, as the story later goes on to explain, but what grabbed my attention was that the problem … Read More

Design Process, CFD, Reliability

12 Mar, 2010

John Parry Last time I promised I’d drill down into more detail about the difference between the CAD-integrated up-front approach to CFD and CAD-embedded Concurrent CFD. CAD-integrated CFD tools are essentially stand-alone tools launched from within the CAD system whereas Concurrent CFD is fully built into the CAD system. So what’s the real difference between the two? CAD-integrated CFD tools use the same approach … Read More

Traditional CFD, Upfront CFD, CAD Integration, CFD, CAD Embedded, Fluent Design, Design Process

19 Feb, 2010

John Parry

Just a very quick post to alert you to the new ElectronicsCooling Magazine web site.  We’ve updated the look of the site to improve navigation ahead of the relaunch of the printed magazine. Here’s just some of the features of the new site: New look and feel Search Improved Article and Content Navigation by author; category (Calculation Corner, New Products, Technical Brief); channel (Industries,

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CFD, Design Process

9 Feb, 2010

John Parry I was on a conference call and WebEx yesterday with the NAFEMS CFD Working Group, of which Mentor Graphics is a member. One of the people on the call had a lot of background noise on his phone, which turned out to be a due to a fan by his desk to keep his computer cool. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is a memory hungry, CPU intensive activity so I guess he was running a fairly substantial case. … Read More

Design Process, CFD, Upfront CFD, Kolb's Learning Styles, X-ray Vision, Experiential Learning

1 Feb, 2010

John Parry Some people think that because Concurrent CFD is so easy to use it must be simplistic. Nothing could be further from the truth. FloEFD has some very sophisticated physical models for cavitation, combustion, etc. plus by being CAD-embedded it’s also easy to use the CFD results to drive other simulation packages within the MCAD environment. Not limited to upfront design, Concurrent CFD can be used continuously … Read More

Reaction Forces, Force Prediction, CAD Integration, CFD, CAD Embedded, Upfront CFD, Fluent Design, Design Process

26 Jan, 2010

John Parry Using CAD-embedded CFD upfront and throughout the design process is the only way to go when it comes to compressing design schedules. We call this approach Concurrent CFD, as the CFD analysis can be done concurrently with design changes, taking upfront CFD to the next level. The product’s performance can be checked at each design iteration, leading to a more fluent CFD process that gives increased confidence … Read More

Fluent Design, CAD Integration, CFD, CAD Embedded, Upfront CFD, Design Process

14 Jan, 2010

John Parry Me too, though being in the UK I tend to watch more Formula 1. As part of my job I often come across cool pieces of work done by our customers that we can’t publicise the work for reasons of confidentiality. This work by Voxdale is an exception though. It was done a couple of years back, not that long after Voxdale was founded, which makes it all the more impressive, and was done for Champ Car, now … Read More

Upfront CFD, CAD Integration, CFD, CAD Embedded, Fluent Design, Design Process

17 Dec, 2009

John Parry If you haven’t come across this short video, it gives a good overview of how FloEFD is blazing a path of least resistance so mechanical designers can streamline their workflow using Concurrent CFD – CFD embedded in the mechanical design environment. Note that it’s ONLY by embedding CFD within the MCAD tool that these time savings can be achieved, and FloEFD is the ONLY Concurrent CFD solution … Read More

Design Process, CFD, Fluent Design

15 Dec, 2009

John Parry Mentor’s Thermal Design Software Is The Best. OK, say’s who? It’s the conclusion from some independent research carried out by Aberdeen Research Group. Last time I showed that Aberdeen had found that Mentor’s customers are almost 3 times faster at completing thermal verification than users of other tools. Let’s take a look at why that is. Aberdeen found evidence of what users of other tools were doing … Read More

Design Flow, Design Process, CFD, FloTHERM.PCB, PCB Respin

9 Dec, 2009

John Parry It could save your company a shed load of time and money… Interested? OK, here’s some research by Aberdeen Group, which I presented at several of the recent Solutions Expos. First off, the Mechanical Analysis Division’s customers choose Mentor’s tools because they recognise them as being the best. They don’t just make do with tools available as part of another software suite, as shown below in the … Read More

CFD, Fluent Design, Design Process

4 Dec, 2009

John Parry While I was waiting for the last few people for my presentation ‘Thermal Design: A Key Part of the Electronics Design Flow’ at the UK Solutions Expo at the Heritage Motor Center in Gaydon a couple of weeks back I thought I’d poll the audience with a couple of questions. It’s rare that I get to speak to an audience of electronics engineers, so I was interested to see how they view thermal design. First … Read More

Design Collaboration, Design Process, FloTHERM.PCB, Fluent Design

23 Nov, 2009

John Parry Some more thoughts on the fluent design vs. laminar flow analogy In my last post I used the example of an airfoil to illustrate a product design (object) that passes smoothly, or fluently through the design process (a fluid) without causing much turbulence (design rework) that otherwise disrupts the downstream flow (late in the design process) making the flow take longer to recover (increasing the … Read More

Design Flow, CFD, Fluent Design, Design Process

17 Nov, 2009

John Parry Electrical engineers often talk about a ‘design flow’, which Wikipedia defines as ‘the explicit combination of electronic design automation tools to accomplish the design of an integrated circuit.’ I heard the term a lot when making presentations at the Solutions Expos in the last few weeks. To someone with a background in fluid dynamics, flow means something rather different, but what electronic engineers … Read More

Upfront, Concurrent Design, Design Flow, CFD, Flow Behavior, Design Process

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