Answer your thermal design questions
The Electronic Cooling Module for SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation evaluates thermal properties and cooling requirements for standard components. The module includes both analysis productivity capability and enhanced simulation functionality, giving designers and engineers a great toolset to tackle the tough challenges of electronic packaging.
SOLIDWORKS Cooling Module Features
Test & optimize the thermal performance of PCB & electronic components
Electronic Cooling Tools
Product Engineers can optimize the cooling strategy for electronic components concurrent to the design process using the Electronic Cooling Module. This add-in to SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation includes added-value electronic virtual models and an extensive materials library for heat transfer simulation. The additional capabilities include:
- Airflow Optimization - Ensuring the correct volume of cooling flow to all components is a key engineering challenge. Optimizing the airflow can require moving components and/or creating air baffles and ducts.
- Product Thermal Design - Overall thermal behavior must be understood to ensure correct product performance, including heat-up/cool-down cycles and maximum temperature under load.
- Heatsink Selection/Design - Selecting the correct heatsink can be crucial in the operational life of the component to be cooled. The correct heatsink can only be determined with knowledge of the overall airflow and the thermal impacts of the components on the PCB.
- PCB Thermal Simulation - Studying the PCB in isolation allows the designer to evaluate component placement, use of heat pipes, thermal pads and interface materials.
- Fan Selection - Optimizing fan selection and placement can have a dramatic impact on the overall thermal performance of a design.
Industry Specific Tools
Industry Specific Tools in the Electronic Cooling Module are aimed directly for the mechanical engineer designing enclosures for electronic components. The tools are easy to use while providing exceptional simulation power:
- Joule Heating - Joule heating calculates the steady-state direct electric current in electro-conductive solids and is automatically included in heat transfer calculations.
- Two Resistor Components - The two resistor compact model is a test that is based on an approved JEDEC standard. It represents a significant increase in accuracy for predicting absolute results, compared to the traditional single resistor metrics of mono-chip electronic packages.
- Heat Pipes - A simple and pragmatic method for modeling a predominant cooling approach in laptops and other space constrained or conduction cooled designs.
- PCB Generators - Allows you to obtain the bi-axial thermal conductivity values automatically derived from the PCB structure and the properties of the specified conductor and dielectric materials. A simple and standard approach for determining the physical properties of multi-layer PCB’s.
- Engineering Database - An enhanced engineering database includes a wide range of new solids, fans, thermo-electric coolers, and two-resistor components. A library of interface materials and solids representing typical IC packages has also been added.
Additional Cooling Module Benefits
SOLIDWORKS Electronics Cooling Module solutions include:
Dedicated SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation tools, augmented with the Electronic Cooling Module, perform complete thermal analysis, quickly and easily testing changes during design before any physical prototypes are built.
Fluid Flow Analysis
Determine the impact of a liquid or gas on product performance during the design phase using CAD-embedded SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) studies provide meaningful insight into the impact of fluid flow, so you can address problems early, reduce the need for costly prototypes, and eliminate rework.
CFD simulates fluid (either liquid or gas) passing through or around an object. The analysis can be very complex—for example, containing in one calculation heat transfer, mixing, and unsteady and compressible flows.
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