Therminic short-course 2022

Thermal design optimization

Thermal design and the resulting cooling capabilities are key performance drivers in many electronic applications. In addition, cooling performance must be able to cope with wide ranges of environmental and user conditions for reasons of system reliability and lifetime. But design choices that improve thermal performance often conflict with other desirable system attributes like volume, mass, and cost, making thermal design optimization challenging.

Advances in software tooling now enable the use of optimization methods derived from large volume manufacturing with computer simulations as virtual samples from the solution space. Application of these industrial statistics tools enables an entirely new way of using computer simulations in thermal design. Instead of ad-hoc trial and error based design space exploration, a set of carefully selected simulations is executed to first map the solution space, and the optimum is mathematically determined and next validated. In addition, another tool out of the industrial statistics box, Monte Carlo simulation, enables to quantify the effect of variation in environmental and use conditions on the temperatures of interest, and with that on the thermal reliability of the system as a whole.

The short course will treat the following topics:

  1. Translating system requirements to thermal requirements
  2. Input and output parameters
  3. Causes for non-linear behaviour and parameter interaction
  4. Virtual Design of Experiments, using CFD to obtain the transfer function between design inputs and temperature outputs
  5. Monte Carlo simulation and statistical capability of the cooling performance to cope with variations in use conditions
  6. Multiple response optimization
  7. Optimization software

The short course is 9.00 – 17.00 on September 27th. It takes place in the Rovos conference room in the Alex hotel. 2 coffee breaks and a course book are included in the price. Lunch is not included. The number of participants is limited to 15. Secure your ticket as soon as possible here:

About the trainer:

Wendy Luiten is Design for Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Electronics Cooling expert. She was a Senior Thermal specialist at Philips Research Eindhoven for 30+ years, lectures at the High Tech Institute Eindhoven for 10+ years, and develops and delivers DfSS training programs at multiple companies in the High Tech industry.

Wendy Luiten is the author over 25 papers and holds 6 patents and pending patents. She received the best paper award at SEMI-THERM 2002, the Harvey Rosten award for Excellence in 2014 and the Philips Research Outstanding Achievement award in 2015 and is a long term member of the program committee of both Therminic and Semitherm.