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Flow Simulation and Thermal Measurement

Airflow and thermal issues affect not only vehicle performance, but also safety, reliability, and passenger comfort. It’s no wonder that automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers around the world are turning to Mentor Graphics for flow simulation and testing solutions. Our proven tools, both hardware and software, are helping automotive designers analyze performance everywhere on the vehicle, inside and out.

Mentor Graphics hardware-based thermal measurement systems can measure the thermal behavior of integrated circuit packages including stacked and multi-die types, power LEDs, TIMs and even complete electronic systems.

Mentor Graphics simulation solutions take Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis out of the lab and onto your desktop PC, ready to support your thermal and flow evaluation work with temperature plots, particle traces, velocity diagrams, and more. Mentor CFD software tools can help you:

  • Minimize prototype verification time
  • Dramatically reduce prototype costs
  • Evaluate more ideas and “what-ifs”
  • Increase product reliability
  • Achieve a better design in less time

Mentor Graphics simulation tools predict flow behaviors inside and outside the vehicle. (Click to enlarge)

Flow and Thermal Analysis

With powerful features for analyzing heat behavior in semiconductor devices and their packages, FloTHERM® is the market-leading tool for optimizing the thermal design of electronic equipment ranging from ECUs to dash-mounted GPS systems. Presets and parts libraries speed your work.

Whether you are quantifying the heat path of a power LED or capturing junction temperatures for use in compact simulation models, the MicReD T3Ster® (“Trister”) and its peripherals are the tools of choice. Unique transient thermal measurement methods and precision hardware team up to deliver the industry’s most accurate thermal results.

FloEFD® embeds within industry-standard MCAD platforms such as CATIA V5 and Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire, automating time-consuming steps and enabling mechanical designers to perform flow analysis on valves, manifolds, and even windshield wipers. FloEFD users can routinely reduce their CFD analysis time by up to 75%.

FloVENT® brings insight and predictability to the design of vehicle heating, cooling, and air circulation systems. An individual duct or an entire passenger bus can be modeled with equal ease. FloVENT optimizes airflow, temperature distribution and more, providing “slice” views of conditions throughout the vehicle.