While many electronic devices have power densities that require forced air flow, a significant number of systems can still utilize solely natural (passive) convective cooling. The reliability and quietness of passively cooled systems is especially attractive for consumer devices, so investigating these cooling options is a valuable portion of the design process. Effective investigation of natural convection cooling requires efficient simulation.
This webcast is the first in a 3-part series on natural convection analyses.
Best practices for setting up natural convection problems will be shown using STAR-CCM+. Aspects of the setup include the air volume, boundary conditions, and solution settings will be addressed in the context of several natural convection situations. Trainers demonstrate how using simulation tools like STAR-CCM+ can maximize the number of design variations you can investigate so that the most effective cooling options can be chosen.