Recently I was thinking about how Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) accelerates all phases of Thermal Design. I’m sure it is debatable but here is what I came up with for the phases of Thermal Design . The arrows could be looped over and back and round and round but I think the flow is reasonable.
The basic 4 step design process that leads to the desired Design Approval depicted is:
- Design Need and Ideas: Basically the process would be started by the need for a design or an idea related to a design.
- Computer Analysis: Once the light bulb is lit or the fire is stoked the designer would set out to study that idea. If all the design tools known to man are available a fair place to start would be in front of a computer.
- Build and Test: Realizing that nothing is true until it is tested, this is a necessary step. If Step 2 is done well enough then this step should be quite a bit easier.
- Share Design Solution: Everything needs to be sold at some point, and this is where a compelling argument for the design needs to be made.
I plan on dedicating this post to discussing Phase 1 a bit further and follow up with the remaining phases during subsequent posts.