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10 Jan, 2014

Robin Bornoff Simulation should never be done for its own sake. 3D computational simulation is still a relatively young technology in the grand scheme of things, akin to the automotive industry of 100 years ago where drivers were more like engineers, they had to be to use the car. Coming up with a design solution is analogous to getting to your destination in a car, it’s also quicker than walking. That’s … Read More

FloVENT, CFD, Heat Your Home Office for 8p a Day, HVAC

18 Dec, 2013

Robin Bornoff Have you ever wondered why, after a winter night, some of your car windows are iced over whilst others are not? Happens after a clear night with no clouds. To understand the reason one must appreciate the fact that something loses heat, and thus gets cold, for two reasons; losing heat to the local air by convection and losing heat to any colder surrounding object due to thermal radiation. On a cold … Read More

FloVENT, Heat Your Home Office for 8p a Day, CFD, HVAC, thermal comfort

9 Dec, 2013

Robin Bornoff It’s always nice to get some comments on your blog. When starting writing blogs about 4 years ago I was told that so long as you write about something that you’re interested in, then others will read it. Comments are the echo to what otherwise would be a Demosthenes type shouting at a roaring sea of disinterest. So when a colleague here at Mentor, Dave Roberts, commented on Part 3 of this … Read More

Heat Your Home Office for 8p a Day, HVAC, FloVENT, thermal comfort

27 Nov, 2013

Robin Bornoff Dylan in his original YouTube video made the point that the tea lights only burn for about 4 hours and that he replaces them after the morning burn for an afternoon warm up session. At 1p per candle, 1p/~35W, we shouldn’t lose sight of how cost effective this heating method is. There is some doubt as to the actual power dissipation for each candle but this approach is scalable, if a 4 candle arrangement … Read More

FloVENT, Heat Your Home Office for 8p a Day, CFD, thermal comfort

19 Nov, 2013

Robin Bornoff We often do things that we intuitively feel are beneficial, often without realising just why. One of the beauties of simulation is its ability to provide insight into a physical phenomena or design. Sometimes described a a computational experiment, simulation can do more, and more easily, in terms of ‘measuring’ a system. I’ve applied this advantage to help describe why putting a couple … Read More

FloVENT, fork handles, CFD, HVAC, four candles, Heat Your Home Office for 8p a Day

18 Nov, 2013

Robin Bornoff Dylan Winter, boat owner, film maker and blogger, made a youtube video about a year ago showing how four tealights (small candles) can be used to warm up a small well insulated home office. A couple of weeks ago the video went viral, now having ranked up nearly 2.5 millions views. A couple of friends pinged me to see if I could help explain why this apparent miracle in home heating worked. Some pacing … Read More

FloVENT, CFD, Heat Your Home Office for 8p a Day, HVAC, fork handles, four candles

17 Dec, 2012

Travis Mikjaniec Hello Everybody   Previously, I co-authored a semitherm paper on the use of our HVAC CFD tool, FloVENT, on the design of a Mentor Graphics data center.  Recently I have seen this topic republished in the data center journal with the title “EDA Vendor takes its Own Advice on Data Center Design”.  I find this topic interesting, so I thought I’d blog about this and break from my typical … Read More

Raised Floor, Rack, Semitherm, CFD, Cabinet, HVAC, Mentor Graphics, Data Center, FloVENT

27 Sep, 2012

Robin Bornoff I put the title in quotes as it’s the title of a blog post by John Chawner at Pointwise who keeps a pleasantly vendor neutral(ish) blog about all things CFD called ‘Another Fine Mesh’, including the excellent weekly ‘This Week in CFD’ that is becoming a bit of a mecca for the CFD community. John’s blog focusses on a white paper Mentor issued recently about How to … Read More

CFD, FloVENT

16 Aug, 2012

Robin Bornoff Effective use of a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation tool requires at least a working knowledge of fluid dynamics itself. Tools alone don’t make for a good engineer. When interviewing for jobs within the Mechanical Analysis Division (and way back into Flomerics days too) a common question posed to tease out such an understanding is to describe the air flow patterns in and around a … Read More

FloVENT, HVAC, CFD

9 Aug, 2012

Robin Bornoff One thing the Mechanical Analysis Division is not guilty of is vendor hubris. Despite the passion we have about our CFD based simulation solutions we know our place, especially in terms of where best to apply our solutions throughout the design process. CFD is a very powerful tool to predict 3D heat air flow and heat transfer but it certainly isn’t the only approach. As is common in both electronics … Read More

FloVENT, HVAC, thermal comfort, U-Value

31 Jul, 2012

Robin Bornoff Conventional wisdom has it that the best place to put a radiator in a room is under the window. However, there’s nothing conventional about wisdom and one should be obliged to question and verify those facts that we take for granted. CFD and its ability to predict air flow and heat transfer offers an unrivalled efficient method to study such applications. Using the concept of PPD (percentage people … Read More

FloVENT, HVAC, CFD, radiator, thermal comfort

26 Jul, 2012

Robin Bornoff Sometime between 40 and 100 thousand years ago humans started to wear clothes, an estimate as accurate as you’d expect for something that wasn’t documented at the time. Earliest estimate of  humans documenting language are a mere 5000 years ago. One can only assume that it wasn’t modesty or fashion that drove the adoption of clothing, but comfort. Much of what we still do today, frequently … Read More

thermal comfort, Fanger, FloVENT, CFD, PPD, radiator, HVAC, PMV

12 Jul, 2012

Robin Bornoff With the gulf stream having shifted south and now flowing happily somewhere high over Paris, the summer weather in the UK has been ‘unseasonably’ (literally) wet and miserable. People’s heating has been thermostatically popping back on all over the country which for July is unheard of. So with this as the background and in the context of a stagnating world economy, ever continuing … Read More

HVAC, radiator, FloVENT, thermal comfort

11 May, 2012

Robin Bornoff From a software user’s perspective it really doesn’t matter exactly how that application was developed. A user is concerned with functional capability (what the software does), non-functional performance (how the software behaves) and ultimately their personal experience when using the software. Those tasked with creating the application though need to meet such user expectations whilst … Read More

FloTHERM PCB, Agile development, FloVENT, SCRUM

30 Apr, 2012

Nazita Saye A virtual version of one of the MGC data center representing one of the configurations tested. Image courtesy of Mentor Graphics. Over the weekend I realized I have become English. No, I haven’t picked up the accent. Nor do I eat Marmite. Actually eating Marmite can be relegated to one of those things I’d never do. Never, ever. So why have I become English? I tend to discuss the weather and temperature … Read More

FloVENT, HVAC, CFD, Optimize

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