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New software calculates heat sink performance

Posted: 23 Mar 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Heat Sink Designer? software? heat sink? Mechanical Solutions?

Mechanical Solutions has released Heat Sink Designer, a software tool that focuses, as the name implies, exclusively on heat sinks. Among the tool's features is the ability to search the product lines of multiple heat sink suppliers and calculate their performance.

Using the software, users can create their own heat sink or they can opt to let the program recommend an existing sink by simply entering the available space along with details unique to their application. According to Mechanical Solutions, the software can determine the suitable custom heat sink for that space, enabling users to compare custom versus off-the-shelf solutions.

"Engineers often find the heat sink they select does not perform as published, said Kevin O'Connor, president of Mechanical Solutions. "This is not the fault of the manufacturer because every application is unique, said O'Connor.

Heat Sink Designer lets users define their own flow area and heat source to eliminate the two most common sources of error: air bypass and heat spreading.

The tool is designed to be used by electrical and mechanical engineers. The company claims that thermal expertise and training is not required. A one-year license of Heat Sink Designer is listed at $495.

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