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New Qpedia Thermal eMagazine Published!

Qpedia Thermal eMagazine, Volume 6, Issue 11, has just been released and can be downloaded at: http://www.qats.com/Qpedia-Thermal-eMagazine/Back-Issues. Featured articles in this month’s issue include:

Honeycomb Heat Sinks for LEDs

LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, are a form of solid-state lighting. An LED light is often made of a small piece of semiconductor, an integrated optical lens used to shape its radiation pattern, and a heat sink, used to dissipate heat and maintain the semiconductor at low operating temperature. LED lights present many advantages over incandescent light sources, including lower energy consumption, longer lifetime, improved physical robustness, smaller size and faster switching. This article examines Ma et al’s  findings with respect to the honeycomb heat sink design employed in LEDs, which has proven to be highly efficient.

Characteristics of Thermosyphons in Thermal Management

With the increase of heat fluxes and shrinking chip sizes in electronics applications, there is a need to spread the heat from the small chip to the larger heat sink or to transport the heat to a location where there is ample space to remove the heat. Heat pipes, vapor chambers and thermosyphons have been introduced to undertake this task and, in this article, we focus on some aspects of the design of thermosyphons. The advantage of thermosyphons is that they have no capillary limit and can transport large amounts of heat over long distances.

Industry Developments: Heat Pipes Providing High Performance

Heat pipes are increasing in type and use for the benefits they provide. Because of their lower total thermal resistance, heat pipes transfer heat more efficiently and evenly than solid aluminum or copper. Heat pipes contain a small quantity of working fluid (e.g. water, acetone, nitrogen, methanol, ammonia). Learn the conclusions of a recent study that focused on the best working fluid and another study of heat pipes in outer space.

Technology Review: Cold Plates, 2010 to 2012

Qpedia continues its review of technologies developed for electronics cooling applications. We are presenting selected patents that were awarded to developers around the world to address cooling challenges. After reading the series, you will be more aware of both the historic developments and the latest breakthroughs in both product design and applications.

Cooling News featuring the latest product releases and buzz from around the electronics cooling industry.

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2013 Webinar Calendar Released

ATS will provide two free technical webinars each month in 2013. Presented by PhD-level thermal engineers, each event will focus on an important area of electronics thermal management. The tutorials will provide practical training and insights for all engineers, designers and program managers who want to learn more about electronics cooling.

Most of the ATS webinars are scheduled to run no longer than 15 minutes in respect to the time demands on todays engineers. But each quarter of 2013 will conclude with a one-hour event that presents deeper training on a crucial heat management topic.

Every webinar is free of charge. Attendees can submit questions during the live presentations. For later viewing, each webinar will be archived on the ATS website for free streaming at the engineers convenience. Questions and comments to the recorded webinars will be responded to by ATS engineers.

ATS Webinars

Here are the 2013 ATS webinar dates, run times and titles:

Jan 9: What is the Thermal Management of Electronics?

Jan 23: Thermal Interface Material Overview: Pros and Cons

Feb 13: Calculating Junction Temperature in Electronics Cooling

Feb 27: Important Factors When Doing Heat Sink Design

Mar 13: Analytical Modeling for Thermal Analysis

Mar 27: Heat Sink Materials: Choices and Tradeoffs

Apr 10: LED Cooling: Whats So Hot about LEDs?

Apr 24: LED Cooling: Analytical Thermal Analysis

May 8: LED Cooling: Computational Thermal Analysis

May 22: LED Cooling: Physical Thermal Analysis

Jun 12: Heat Sink Fin Spacing for Heat Transfer Optimization

Jun 26: Temperature Measurements Within Electronic Systems

Jul 10: Heat Sink Types: Pros and Cons

Jul 24: Heat Sink Manufacturing Processes

Aug 14: Thermal Conductivity: What It Is and Why You Should Care

Aug 28: How to Perform Pressure Drop Calculations

All webinars are on Wednesdays at 2pm. Please visit www.qats.com/training to view the entire list of webinars, on-demand webinars in the archive, and to register for the full hour, live tutorials.

Holiday Sale: 25 % Off Qpedia Book Series!


coolingZONE is running a holiday promotion on the Qpedia Book Series, discounting 25% off the normal retail value until December 31, 2012. Qpedia Thermal eMagazine is the official media sponsor of coolingZONE. The Qpedia book series provides an expert resource for engineering professionals, professors, students and others who want to learn more about the theories and applications of electronics thermal management.

The four volume set contains nearly 200 in-depth articles, researched and written by veteran engineers. They address the most critical areas of electronics cooling, with a wide spectrum of topics and thorough technical explanation. Each article features color illustrations and images along with important thermal calculations and formulas.

Qpedia Volume 1 topic highlights:

– Heat sink design

– Pool boiling

– Sensors

– Thermal chassis

– Pitot tubes

– Heat transfer

Qpedia Volume 2 topic highlights:

– Thermal grease

– Vapor chamber cooling

– Liquid cooling

– Natural convection cooling

– Phase change materials

Qpedia Volume 3 topic highlights:

– CFD modeling

– PCB optimization

– Jet impingement cooling

– LED cooling

– Cold plates

– Refrigeration systems

Qpedia Volume 4 topics highlights:

– Multilayer mini-channel heat sinks

– Electro-osmotic pumps

– Thermoelectric coolers

– High altitude heat transfer

– Data center cooling

– Defense electronics

– Automotive electronics cooling

Check out the video on Qpedia Volume 4

Over fifteen thermal and mechanical engineers combined their expertise to create the articles in this useful collection, including Kaveh Azar, Ph.D. and Bahman Tavassoli, Ph.D., both of whom are internationally recognized experts in the field of the thermal management of electronics. Qpedia Thermal eMagazine, published by Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc. (ATS) was launched in 2007 as a technical publication dedicated to the thermal management of electronics.

Filled with careful explanations, step-by-step calculations, and practical examples from real life challenges, this expert collection of articles is a must have for any mechanical, electrical, and thermal engineer or anyone interested in the rapidly growing field of electronics cooling.

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