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Mechanical Analysis Blog

5 Apr, 2013

Robin Bornoff Electronics cooling simulation was born out of the world of CFD, rather fully conjugate heat transfer simulation where convective, radiative and conductive affects are considered concurrently. Back in the day much talk was had about turbulence modelling, convective discretisation schemes and linear equation solvers, all typical CFD subjects but somewhat out of place in the context of what became the … Read More

CTM, CFD, T3ster

25 Mar, 2013

Some Like it Hotter

Posted by Nazita Saye

Nazita Saye You all know what a chatterbox I can be when I’m excited about something. So believe you me when I say the past few months have been excruciatingly hard for me. I’ve been sitting on some pretty big news and I’ve been itching to tell the world all about it.  Now that the cat is officially out of the bag, there’s no holding me back… FloTHERM XT as the enabling technology in the EDA/MDA design flow. The … Read More

Design Engineer, CFD, Thermal, FloTHERM XT

22 Feb, 2013

Robin Bornoff The JESD51-14 standard was published in November 2010, prepared by the  JEDEC JC-15 Committee on Thermal Characterization. It outlines a new process to measure what is the most common IC package thermal metric, Theta_jc. This is the thermal resistance between the die and the package case face. More specifically the face of the package that is to be cooled by an external heatsinking method. Theta_jc … Read More

JESD51-14, Theta_jc

5 Feb, 2013

13 mm in 3 Months

Posted by Nazita Saye

Nazita Saye A few months ago one of my colleagues showed me a picture of the Jaguar F-Type. In case you haven’t heard, it’s the newest model and their return to the 2-seater luxury market. I love Jaguar cars but I never felt old enough to drive one. Until I saw a picture of the F-Type. This beast is a thing of beauty. So when three weeks ago the same colleague told me that a car magazine was looking for a handful … Read More

Design Engineer

25 Jan, 2013

Robin Bornoff The temperature rise that electronic components attain in operation is due to 3 things. The power that they dissipate, the ambient temperature surrounding the product and the various thermal bottlenecks that the heat passes through on its journey from the source to the ambient. An accurate simulation requires all 3 aspects to be modelled correctly. In terms of the bottlenecks, conductive resistance … Read More

DynTIM, thermal conductivity, TIM

18 Jan, 2013

Robin Bornoff Before you sell it, or commission it, you want to be sure that it works. Monies have been spent on getting things this far, some of it on you via your overhead and your expansive salary (yeh, ok, I hear you). Expectation is that your organisation will make more money back. Last thing you want is to have your product fail, have to be tweaked, fixed, respun, redesigned or canned. What you’d like … Read More

T3ster, TERALED

3 Jan, 2013

Data Center Presentation at ASME in Texas

Posted by Travis Mikjaniec

Travis Mikjaniec Hello Everyone This is a bit of a follow up to my previous blog about the FloVENT analysis of the Mentor Graphics Data Centers in Wilsonville, OR and Shannon, Ireland.  http://www.mentor.com/products/mechanical/blog/post/mentor-graphics-data-center-design-using-cfd-modeling-fc6dbfc3-ec40-431a-8628-67375c2e946a Well the one in Shannon, Ireland has been online for a while now, and our Wilsonville, OR data … Read More

CFD, ASME, Plano, Texas, Dallas, Data Center

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

11 Dec, 2012

Shrink It and Pink It

Posted by Nazita Saye

Nazita Saye I’ve never really been a fan of the color pink. If you look thru my childhood pictures you’ll find me wearing pink clothes (chosen by my lovely mom) but in every one of those pictures you also find my head slightly dipped down, defiantly looking into the camera and pouting. Not a happy bunny. As soon as I was old enough to make my own decisions regarding clothes, pink was banished from my wardrobe. … Read More

CFD, ROI, CAD-Embedded

28 Nov, 2012

Flying High

Posted by Nazita Saye

Nazita Saye When I used to work in San Francisco, I had a lovely office. My window had a breath taking view of the Bay Bridge (this is while the Gap HQ building was under construction so I had a completely unhindered view of the bridge and the bay). One day I was sitting at my desk when I noticed something moving fast out of the corner of my eye. I looked up from my screen to see the magnificent Blue Angels announcing … Read More

24 Oct, 2012

Liberating Human Potential

Posted by Nazita Saye

Nazita Saye I was reading an article in City A.M a while back – a freebie newspaper containing banking and business news and distributed to those lucky souls in London who take public transport. On this wet and cold morning no one was interested in taking a copy so as I walked by the guy handing them out, I stuck out my hand. I wasn’t expecting much but it was better than staring into nothingness (as you do on … Read More

CAE

3 Oct, 2012

Stand Up and Be Heard

Posted by Nazita Saye

Nazita Saye When was the last time someone asked for your opinion at work? I don’t mean “where should we go for lunch” type of question. I mean the type where someone really wants to know what you think about something. Being a talkative and opinionated sort, whenever someone asks me a question I’m perfectly happy answering them.  Most of the time when this question is posed to me it’s about projects but sometimes … Read More

27 Sep, 2012

"Why Cartesian Grids Are Good"

Posted by Robin Bornoff

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

24 Sep, 2012

Here Comes the Rain Again

Posted by Nazita Saye

Nazita Saye Saturday lulled me into a false sense of security. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and for once in a long time I wasn’t out hiking.  I thought that’s fine… there’s always tomorrow. Then bam on Sunday the rain came … the monsoon kind of rain. It reminded me of a quick conversation I had with a German friend of mine over the summer.  He quipped that if rain were an Olympic event, GB would win Gold, … Read More

profitability, ROI, CFD

6 Sep, 2012

Sum of the Parts is Greater

Posted by Nazita Saye

Nazita Saye I live in a 3D world –3D simulation that is.  I remember when my work life went from 2D to 3D. I used to sit in a cubicle across from a software developer who specialized in graphics. He was a pesky lad. Whenever he’d get stuck on a particularly difficult piece of code he would throw missiles of all kinds at me – anything from crumpled pieces of paper to rubber bands and paper clips. I don’t know why … Read More

Design Engineer, CFD, ROI

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