1-day short course: Fundamentals of thermal system design for electronic products

Course Description

At system level, thermal functioning is a complex interplay between electrical design determining heat production, mechanical design determining cooling capabilities, and lifetime, performance and use ultimately determining allowable temperatures.
This 1-day short course will focus on early system level thermal design and troubleshooting, answering the typical early-on thermal questions:

  • Is this box large enough to handle x watts?
  • Do we need a fan ?
  • Will this sink work?
  • Will component A heat component B ?
  • Do we have a feasible product?

Course contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Thermal networks
  3. Heat generation and heat transfer
  4. Boxes
  5. Flow, fans and vents
  6. Heat spreading in thin geometries: Characteristic Length and Cooling Circle
  7. Heat exchangers and heating length scale
  8. Thermal system design
  9. Worked example