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"HeatSinkDesigner is a great complement to CFD."
Kerry Robb
Sr Engineer and Flotherm User
Radisys Corp

“HeatSinkDesigner predictions match our test data very closely.  I am now using it to develop new heat sinks."
Glenn Summerfield,
Director of Product Development




"I really like this product.  The optimizer is soooo fast!"
Dave Baker
Thermal Architect
Intel Corporation




Product Description

" Heat Sink Designer does so much more than most any spreadsheet would -- including a sketch you can print, really fast exploration of the design space, and catalog search for suitable part numbers.  It even includes fan parameters, air density changes with altitude and thermal interface materials in the calculations -- they've thought of everything.  It's a real time saver, and very easy and intuitive to use."
Catherina Biber, PhD

Heat Transfer Modes
You enter dimensions, materials, power and airflow,
Heat Sink Designer automatically accounts for the appropriate heat transfer paths to solve for the temperature, including:
Forced Convection
Fan or fixed flow
Predicts bypass flow
Flow is assumed to be parallel to the fins
Fans mounted on top are not supported (yet)
Conduction
Thermal spreading from a variable source size
Base and fin materials can be different
Library of sink materials included
Ability to create custom materials
Conduction to PCB is assumed negligible
Interface Loss
Library of interface materials included
Ability to create custom materials
Natural Convection
Vertical orientation
Radiation
Adjustable emissivity
Custom Heat Sink Types
Heat Sink Designer models heat sinks as a flat base with uniform fins on one side and a heat source on the other side.  Many heat sinks fit this geometry, or can be approximated to fit it, including:
Extrusions
Forged
Skived
Folded Fin
Stacked Fin
Cast
Molded
Machined
Pin Fins -- Coming Soon
Heat Sink Catalogs
Heat Sink Designer includes catalogs of heat sinks from a growing list of suppliers.  You can make your own catalogs as well.  At this writing, the list includes:
Alpha-Novatech
CTS-IERC
GETEC
Aavid
Wakefield
Radian Heatsinks
Thermaflo
with more in the pipeline...
Automated Tools
It is not necessary to enter all of the heat sink dimensions.  Heat Sink Designer will find the best design that fits your space.
Optimize
Lists the best designs for your application
Search Catalogs
Lists the best existing products for your application









































































Product Overview
Heat Sink Designer solves three types of problems, each specific to your application:
Predicts the performance of your heat sink.  See below.
Finds the best solution for your space:  See Optimize  
Finds the best existing product:  See Search Catalogs
Do all three and compare the results side-by-side!











To Predict the Performance of Your Heat Sink

1.  Enter dimensions and select materials in the Property Tree
2.  Enter airflow under Choose Airflow Type.
3.  The Results, Sink Design, and Boundaries will update automatically with each change.

You may also view results in curve format anytime by clicking the "Curves" tab


 Optimize To Find The Best Solutions for Your Space

1.  Enter dimensions and select materials in the Property Tree.  Sink Details are not necessary
2.  Enter airflow under Choose Airflow Type
3.  Select Optimize.  “Enter Optimization Parameters” window will pop up.
4.  Enter the ranges for the optimization or accept the defaults:
5.  View the results in the “Optimization Results” table.  
6.  You may sort by any column.  Put your cursor on any row to open that sink in a new window.


 Search Catalogs To Find the Best Off-The-Shelf Solution

1.  Enter dimensions and select materials in the Property Tree.  Sink Details and Materials are not necessary
2.  Enter airflow under Choose Airflow Type
3.  Click “Search Catalogs”
4.  View the results in the “Catalog Search Results” table
5.  You may sort by any column.  Put your cursor on any row to open that sink in a new window.





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