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

Natural Convectio Versus Forced Convection - Aavid Genie

Thermal Convection: Natural versus Forced Convection

Thermal Convection: A Pillar of Heat Transfer In a majority of thermal management solutions, we use thermal convection as a means to remove heat away from our sensitive components and devices. In the rare case we don’t use convection, it’s because we have little to no fluid to work with. Particular applications, like ones in

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

Thermal Image of Laptop After Extended Use

Thermal Management Introduction: Keeping Devices Cool

I don’t know what thermal management is and at this point I’m too afraid to ask… So, you’ve been tasked with the development of a new product. It’s your first big project and you remember your thermodynamics from college, but your electrical engineers are telling you that your product needs thermal management and that isn’t

Heat Load and Calculating Maximum Case Temperature of Electronic Devices

Device Datasheets: Power Dissipation and How to Calculate Max Case Temperature

Gathering Critical Data for use in Aavid Genie Finding how much heat your electronic device dissipates and how to calculate max case temperature can sometimes be a pain. The device you are using in your application will typically have an extensive datasheet that accompanies your purchase or is available from the manufacturer. Most electronic 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