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CFD Cooling Analysis for Electronics Systems



Join EDA Direct and Mentor Graphics for a seminar on Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) Analysis to detect, optimize, and solve thermal issues in Electronic Systems. If you have experienced the costs of product thermal failures or significant late stage design rework based on prototype thermal testing, you will know the value of learning and applying good design practices for thermal management of electronics products in the design cycle. CFD for electronics cooling allows engineers the means to predict airflow and temperature of electronic components earlier in the development process to ensure reliable performance in the field.

In this seminar we will demonstrate how to use FloTHERM to build a thermal analysis model of an electronics PCB board within an electronics enclosure for thermal analysis. A cooling scenario will then be solved and results analyzed. The seminar will focus on extracting valuable information such as airflow patterns, pressure drops, and temperature distributions on the board and components. We will look at evaluating design changes and optimizing the design to improve critical component temperatures within the system.

FloTHERM is a 3D CFD software that can predicts airflow and heat transfer in and around electronic equipment, including the coupled effects of conduction, convection and radiation. FloTHERM is a leader in Thermal Analysis software for the electronics industry. FloTHERM is accurate, fast, and features powerful optimization case studies and post processing functionality to help analyze and select the best solution scenario for your design.

What You Will Learn

  • How to build a thermal analysis model of a product and review of electronics cooling challenges for different scenarios
  • How to solve and analyze the results in FloTHERM
  • How to extract valuable information such as airflow pattern, pressure drop and temperature distribution
  • How to optimize the design to maintain operating temperature for critical components
  • FloTHERM can be used any PCB Design flow using standard ECAD/MCAD interface


About the Presenters

Presenter Image Cuong Nguyen

Cuong Nguyen has over 28 years of experience in Silicon Valley high tech companies including HP, Sun, LSI Logic, and Cisco. He has many years of design experience in ASIC, FPGA, and board in various segments including computers, consumer, and networking. He is currently at EDADirect as a Field Application Engineer supporting Mentor Graphics customers in designing PCB, FPGA/ASIC, System Simulation/Verification, Signal Integrity Analysis, Reliability Analysis, and Thermal Analysis. Prior to joining EDA Direct he held Field Application Engineering positions at Altera Inc and at Avnet supporting customers in the Bay area designing with Altera and Xilinx FPGAs. He has also has been a design consultant at various ASIC and embedded system companies. Cuong has a BSEE from the University of Southern California and MSEE from Santa Clara University.

Presenter Image Travis Mikjaniec

Travis Mikjaniec received an MS in Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University in 2006, with a research focus on rotorcraft aerodynamics and aeroelasticity. He has been with Mentor Graphics Corporation, Mechanical Analysis Division (formerly Flomerics Ltd) for 6 years specializing in the application of CFD Analysis to the design of electronics equipment. Prior to this he worked for the National Research Council of Canada's (NRC) Institute for Aerospace Research (IAR) Flight Research Laboratory focusing on flight tests and also worked at the NRC's IAR Aeroacoustic and Structural Dynamics Laboratory in experimental testing of smart structures. Travis is currently a Thermal Engineer in the Mechanical Analysis Division engineering team, training and supporting customers doing Thermal Analysis for electronic systems. Travis has experience not only in the use of software, but also of the general design processes and the best way to apply the CFD techniques solve real world problems encountered by engineers.

Who Should Attend

  • Mechanical Engineers, Design Engineers
  • PCB/Layout Designers
  • PADS, Xpedition, and Allegro users

Technical Requirements

What do I need to watch and hear this web seminar?

Mentor Graphics’ web seminars are delivered using Adobe Connect. You will be able to login to the seminar room 15 minutes prior to the start time on the day of the presentation. You can hear the audio using your computer’s speakers via VoIP (Voice over IP) and background music will play prior to the beginning of the presentation.

Detailed system requirements

Microsoft® Windows

  • Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9, 10; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 10.3 or later
  • 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor and 512MB of RAM

Mac OS X

  • Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.3
  • 1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor and 512MB of RAM


  • Ubuntu 10.04, 11.04; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6; OpenSuSE 11.3
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.3


  • Apple supported devices: iPad, iPad2, iPad3; iPhone 4 and 4 S, iPod touch (3rd generation minimum recommended)
  • Apple supported OS versions summary: iOS 4.3.x, 5.x, or 6.x (5.x or higher recommended)
  • Android supported devices: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1), Samsung Galaxy Tab (10.1), ASUS Transformer, Samsung Galaxy Tab (7”) , Motorola Xoom, Motorola Xoom 2, Nexus 7
  • Android supported OS versions summary: 2.2 and higher
  • Android AIR Runtime required: 3.2 or higher

Additional requirements

  • Bandwidth: 512Kbps for participants, meeting attendees, and end users of Adobe Connect applications. Connection: DSL/cable (wired connection recommended) for Adobe Connect presenters, administrators, trainers, and event and meeting hosts.
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