Silent Failures - Fan Bearing Failure

Silent Failures: Fan Bearing Failure

Introducing our New Series: the Silent Failures of Electronics When we think of product failures, we typically think of the catastrophic ways a product would break: mechanical shock, liquid spills, or battery fires.  As product designers, we don’t always consider the product degradation that creeps up over time, the silent failures of electronics and their

User Acceptance of Your Product

Thermal Design: User Acceptance of Your Product – Part 2

In an earlier blog post, we discuss the importance of user product acceptance. We examined another gaming laptop product review that focused heavily on the thermal management solution and its shortcomings.  The high performance laptop heated up in uncomfortable areas for the user and generated a distracting amount of noise with its fans. This article

Thermal Radiation Heat Transfer

Thermal Radiation: Key for Natural Convection Solutions

Thermal engineers are radiant about the effects of thermal radiation. Thermal radiation is one of three modes of heat transfer, along with convection and conduction, so the more we know about this mode of heat transfer, the more effective we can use it to optimize our thermal management solutions. What is Thermal Radiation? Thermal Radiation

Natural Convection Heat Transfer Driven By Buoyancy

Buoyancy: The Driving Force of Natural Convection

In thermal management, we describe our air cooled devices as using either natural convection or forced convection. Fans and blowers are the mechanisms behind forced convection cooling solutions, but what about natural convection? Buoyancy is the driving force of natural convection. What is Buoyancy? You’re already well aware and experienced in the effects of buoyancy.

Thermal Interface Material Types

Thermal Interface Material Types

Thermal interface material is crucial to every thermal management solution. It’s also important to know the characteristics of various thermal interface material types so you’re well equipped to make the right choice for your application. Depending upon your application, you may want to use one type of TIM over another to help facilitate better performance.  Some

Skived Fin Heat Sink - Aavid

Skived Fin Heat Sinks: Solutions as Smooth as Butter

Skived Fin Heat Sinks: Singular Piece Solutions Many heat sink designs consist of separate fins and base and are assembled together using an adhesive process to bond the two together. These heat sink assemblies have an added thermal resistance in the form of the adhesive layer between the base and the fins. Extrusions, which are