Learn how to manage risks

10-04-2013

Thermal design and cooling of electronicsOverheated batteries keep the Boeing Dreamliner on the ground and thermal problems in sun collector’s electric cabinets cause fires on the roof. This shows good thermal design and thermal management is still relevant today. Therefore, HTI offers the three-day course "Cooling of electronics'. Electronic and mechanical designers gain practical tools in order to make the correct thermal design decisions for components, modules and complete systems in all phases of product development. Participants learn how to recognize and avoid thermal problems. The chance of a 'first time right' design will increase tremendously.


‘Cooling of electronics' is taught by two very experienced experts and is intended for product developers and system architects with a bachelor’s or master’s degree. “Students learning how to make intelligent decisions and experience heat control from the very beginning is most important”, teacher Wendy Luiten explains. "Think of the impact of tolerances, or the use of flexible solutions that can be modified later on if you do not know in advance how much heat a key component will dissipate." 


Luiten recently taught the course at a company in Saudi Arabia to a mixed team of mechanical and electronic designers, architects and team leaders. “Heat control is a system discipline and the ideal solution will always be found in both the electrical and mechanical domain.”


The participants thought the case study at the end of the course was extremely valuable. "Due to the case study you will find that with all the data, a pocket calculator and our step-to-step plan you will be able to look at the bigger picture, distinguish the problems and know how to solve them. With on-site courses, usually the case study is based on a product from the company itself that is current so most solutions often can be applied directly. ”Luiten says the course is unique because she and her co-teacher Clemens Lasance build from the industrial practice. “We know what questions design teams have and how to translate that to good thermal design. This practical applicability is crucial.”

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