Part 3: Best Wind Tunnels for Flow Visualization
In our final post of the 3 part blog series, we discuss lab equipment that easily allow for optimal flow visualization when testing PCBs.
Our first two posts show the benefits of air and liquid flow visualization in PCB testing. In order to successfully evaluate the thermal performance of a component and PCB, the proper test environment must exist:
A test system that:
- Accommodates both single components and multiple PCBs
- Reflects the actual system
- Can simulate elevated temperature conditions with a controlled flow, if required
ATS offers a family of wind tunnels that offer an automated facility for thermal characterization, testing, and optimization of PCBs, components, and heat sinks.
All ATS wind tunnels have a large Plexiglas test section for optimal flow visualization. Wind tunnel controllers, such as the WTC-100 and CLWTC-1000 automate testing while accessories such as the HP-97 simulate heat dissipation. Most wind tunnels are easily portable and can be operated vertically or horizontally, maximizing compact lab space.
Flow visualization is an easy and effective way to understand the flow condition of a component. It allows the PCB layout to be changed at the design stage, reducing the development costs of reworking the board layout after the design has be solidified. It minimizes thermal component costs, increases system reliability, and speeds up a product’s time to market.
To learn more about the wide range of ATS Wind Tunnels, please visit http://www.qats.com/Products/Wind-Tunnels or email firstname.lastname@example.org.