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.

ucted Versus Bypass Flow Versus Free Flow for Heat Sinks

Ducted Versus Bypass Flow

Flow Types in Aavid Genie: Ducted Versus Bypass Flow Aavid Genie has a few different options when it comes to defining flow for your thermal simulation.  Genie defaults to having ducted flow for all three flow types in the Flow Definition portion of a project. One flow type, standard fixed flow, has the option of

Copper and Aluminum Raw Material Example

Selecting or Defining Heat Sink Materials in Aavid Genie

Aavid Genie explores 6 different heat sink types: Extruded, Bonded Fin Assembly, Brazed Fin Assembly, Folded Fin Assembly, Skived Fin, and Zipper Fin Assemblies. Defining heat sink materials is based off the heat sink’s manufacturing method. Assembled heat sinks may have limitations on how they’re joined together. Single Piece Heat Sinks Extruded Heat Sinks Extruded and

Thermal Interface Material Illustration

Using Thermal Interface Material: What is It and How to Use It in Aavid Genie

Thermal interface material (TIM) is a crucial part of any thermal management solution. Since it’s physically a small portion of most applications, it’s an easy component to overlook. But using thermal interface material can sometimes make or break a device and it’s associated product. Thermal Interface Material: The Space Between… Many engineers focus more on

Environmental Conditions and Considerations for Thermal Design

Environmental Conditions Range in Aavid Genie

Where Will Your Product End Up Being Used? When starting a new application, it’s critical that you determine what the environmental conditions range your end device will live in. Your environmental conditions will affect how easily your product might get to your maximum case temperature. Or maybe your user is in contact with your device

Working Envelope Allowable Heat Sink Volume

What Aavid Genie Means: “Working Envelope” and Heat Sink Design Volume

Space: the Final Frontier In the “Project Conditions” page of Aavid Genie, there is a box that asks you the “Working Envelope.” This term refers to the heat sink design volume.   Think of this as the volume you have available for your heat sink in your application. Aavid Genie defines your working envelope in