Welcome to Volume 3, Issue 1 of Engineering Edge. This issue's cover story shows how Facebook use FloTHERM to design custom rack systems for their datacenters. In addition, ADA designed combat aircraft fuel systems, Black & Decker's Power Drill electronics cooling, Seiko's big time savings with FloEFD for projector design, Flanders' DRIVE automotive electric powertrain cooling, Cofely's revamping of a biomass furnace, and Mercury Systems' military avionics thermal design, are all noteworthy in their own right. John Murray's interesting survey of Engineering Apps, plus an interview with long-time veteran of the electronics cooling industry, Bill Maltz from ECS.
In This Issue
Thermal Efficiency: Facebook’s Datacenter Server Design
Facebook calculate that over a three year period, new server designs alone will deliver at least 19% more throughput, cost approximately 10% less, and use several tons less raw materials to build than...
Seiko Epson Corporation - Empowering Engineers since 1989
By adopting FloEFD, Seiko Epson designers were able to affect designs as they developed, with the confidence that any discrepancies in results would be picked up by the analysis team during testing.
More Power Please
The use of FloEFD in their design process helps Raul to test design variations for venting, fan position and geometries, as well as housing changes for better airflow. In the case of the metal housings...
New Release: FloTHERM V10.0
FloTHERM V10.0 is a significant user experience with several functionality and usability enhancements.
New Release: MicReD® Industrial Power Tester 1500A
Introducing the new MicReD® Industrial Power Tester 1500A for power cycling and thermal testing of electronics components to simulate and measure lifetime performance.
The Latest Philips TVs make LEDs Dance
In recent years there has been an explosion in LED-LCD displays, and a proliferation of LED TVs in people's homes. They offer a great picture, great styling with a thin form factor, increased functionality...
The A to Z of Breaking a World Water Speed Record
When Voxdale was approached by leading Belgian Speedboat manufacturer, Bernico International, to design an innovative Formula 2 class boat to break the then world record in 2008 and the 100 mph barrier,...
Zero to 90 in 166,440 Hours
In 1994 a young PhD candidate loaded up a transit van, pointed it east and set off for Altenberg. His intention was to meet up with the British skeleton team at one of the most notorious and demanding tracks...
Harnessing the Power of the Sun
1D fluid-dynamic study of a molten salts thermal energy storage system.
Hybrid Innovation by Toyota
The general principal of a hybrid is to reduce the fuel consumption by leveraging both the electric motor and combustion engine, depending on which part of the drive cycle you are in.
Turbine Vane Cooling with FloEFD
Gas turbines play an important role in many applications, such as aero-engines, power generation and natural gas production. To increase the power output and thermal efficiency of gas turbines the inlet...
Six steps for successful FloTHERM studies
The size and complexity of the range of models that can be simulated begins at chip level and ends far beyond the rack level, with varying degrees of complexity: from simple cuboids to sophisticated, detailed...
Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Microgravity Cow Bones
Designing an experimental capsule environment to assess the effects of bone density in space.
Hot Lumens of Street Lighting LEDs
How physical testing and CFD analysis helped develop new LED-based street lighting luminaires.
Introducing FloTHERM® XT
From concept through to verification for electronic cooling simulation.
Andras Poppe Interview
The prestigious Harvey Rosten Award For Excellence was won by Andras Poppe, Mentor Graphics' Product Marketing Manager for MicReD® (Microelectronics Research and Development) group and faculty member...
DENSO: State of the Art in Automotive Thermal Design
ECUs for vehicles and their components are becoming more complicated and intricate to produce energy-efficient and environmentally friendly cars. Successful thermal design is critical for manufacturers.