As electronics become smaller and more complex, many manufacturers are seeking new ways to create reliable and efficient products, while still getting to market quickly. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis can help. This technology enables teams to replicate different operating conditions and design options virtually.
To gain the greatest advantage from CFD analysis, teams should follow best practices. These include:
- Streamlining production-level CAD models. Creating a streamlined model ensures that the CAD model’s geometry doesn’t slow the CFD analysis.
- Selecting the right optimization goal and path. After running a baseline simulation, teams should consider what elements in the model can be changed and which ones are hard constraints.
- Interpreting CFD results. CFD analysis can provide insights into thermal conditions, air flow, air pressure, heat flux, and more. This information helps product engineers adjust product plans early in the product lifecycle, before changes become too costly.
To learn more about how you can use CFD simulation to enhance electronics product designs, check out our whitepaper, “Seeing the Invisible: The Value of CFD for Electronics Design.”