Electronics cooling

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Electronics Cooling encompasses thermal design, analysis and experimental characterization of electronic systems as a discrete discipline with the product creation process for an electronics product, or an electronics sub-system within a product (e.g. an engine control unit (ECU) for a car). On-line sources of information are available[1] and a number of books have been published on this topic.[2][3][4]

Computer cooling is a sub-topic. Heat sinks are devices that are used to extend the surface area of electronic components available for air cooling, helping to lower the components case temperature. Fans are used to increase the air flow.

Thermal design and analysis is performed using hand calculations or spreadsheets, based on design rules or heat transfer correlations. Computer-aided engineering tools such as computational fluid dynamics are also used. Software for electronics cooling include Ansys' IcePak, Future Facilities' 6SigmaET, Daat Research Corp.'s Coolit and Mentor Graphics' FloTHERM.[5]


  1. ^ Electronics Cooling Magazine
  2. ^ Allan D. Kraus & Avram Bar-Cohen (1995), Design & Analysis of Heat Sinks, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 0-471-01755-8
  3. ^ Kordyban, Tony (1998). Hot Air Rises and Heat Sinks - Everything You Know About Cooling Electronics Is Wrong. ASME Press. ISBN 0-7918-0074-1. 
  4. ^ Remsburg, Ralph (2001). Thermal Design of Electronic Equipment. CRC Press. ISBN 0-8493-0082-7. 
  5. ^ http://www.electronics-cooling.com/2001/02/cfd-one-measly-letter-away-from-cad/