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Electronic Cooling Simulations using ANSYS ICEPAK

ANSYS ICEPAK is a powerful CFD suite, enabling multiphysics coupling between electrical, thermal, and mechanical analyses for electronics design. It is integrated in ANSYS Workbench for coupling with MCAD, thermal–stress analysis, with ANSYS Mechanical, and advanced post-processing via ANSYS CFD-Post.

12 weeks long course | 100% Online

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This course is full of best-in-class content by leading faculty and industry experts in the form of videos and projects

Course Overview

  • This course introduces students to the GUI-based CFD tool - ICEPAK, which is used for thermal management of Electronic components.
  • The student will gain knowledge on how to model thermal heat transfer happening in electronic components.
  • The student will also learn how to model various modes of heat transfer predominant in the electronics industry. 
  • By the end of this course, students would be able to perform any generic Electronic Cooling simulation using ICEPAK.

Course Syllabus

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Week 1 - Introduction to Electronics Cooling

  • This session gives you a basic understanding of heat transfer in electrical and electronics cooling. The introduction to all the passive and active electronic systems and their considerations in doing simulations are explained.
    • Thermal problems and challenges in electrical and electronics
    • When to do thermal analysis
    • Basics of heat transfer in electronics
    • Analogy - electrical vs. thermal
    • Thermal resistance and capacitance
    • Thermal management at different levels – component/chip/package level, board level, and system level
    • Different components in electronics
    • Process of solving thermal issue using ICEPAK
    • Most influential factors in thermal management of electronics
    • Overview of Ansys ICEPAK (Software introduction)

Week 2 - ICEPAK Model Building

  • This session helps you to build thermal models of electronic devices using ICEPAK primitive shapes. Also, it provides an introduction to the whole layout of the software platform and helps you get familiar with it. 
    • Thermal simulation approach
    • Different primitives and compound objects in ICEPAK with their uses in the thermal model
    • Building the first project in ICEPAK
    • Geometry creation using ICEPAK to capture geometric information, material properties, and boundary conditions
    • Priorities of objects
    • Setting up the first problem
    • Meshing
    • Solving the first problem
    • Checking the convergence
    • Post-processing and interpretation of results

Week 3 - Meshing Techniques

  • In this module of the course, you will learn more about meshing the created geometry and the use of different meshing techniques. Upon completion of this module, you will be able to do the following: 
    • Conformal meshing
    • Non- conformal meshing
    • Cold-plate model with non-conformal meshing
    • Zero slack with non-conformal meshing
    • Multi-level meshing
    • Mesh and model enhancement exercise
    • Global refinement for a hex-dominant mesh
    • Best practices for meshing complex geometries
    • Hands-on meshing examples and home works

Week 4 - Natural Convection

  • In this module, you will learn how to simulate natural convection problems. Also, the effect of cabinet size on the natural convection problem and setup considerations are discussed briefly. Some of the topics covered in this module include:
    • Basics of natural convections
    • Basics of the buoyancy effect
    • Design of a thermal system for best use of natural convections
    • Compare design alternatives

Week 5 - Forced Convection

  • In this module, you will learn how to simulate forced convection problems. A brief intro on the fan curve, blade angle, and its impact on cooling due to swirl is discussed. Some of the topics covered in this module include:
    • Basics of forced convections
    • Uses of Heat Sink
    • Understand Heat pipes Modeling and Nested Non-Conformal Meshing
    • Choose a pump, fan, fluid mover to perform an adequate fluid flow rate
    • Hands-on examples and homework

Week 6 - Heat Generation

  • In this lecture, You will be able to understand the Joule heating effect and the types of heat source profiles that can be provided in ICEPAK. Upon completion of this lecture, you will be able to
    • Analyze heat generation due to Joule heating in electronic and electrical devices
    • PCB modeling: compact and detailed modeling
    • Analyze trace heating in PCB in electronics
    • Perform board-level electrothermal coupling
    • Hands-on examples and homework

Week 7 - CAD Imports

  • ICEPAK has the capability to import geometries from various CAD software, The geometries will be cleaned up and then converted into primitive shapes of ICEPAK based on the requirement and imported. In this module, you will understand
    • CAD and ECAD import options within ICEPAK
    • Design modeler/SpaceClaim
    • Translation of MCAD geometry to ICEPAK native geometry
    • Hands-on examples and homework

Week 8 - Radiation Modeling

  • Radiation modeling is an important phenomenon in electronics cooling. The types of radiation models available and the effect of each model are discussed briefly in this module. Upon completing this module, you will be able to comprehend
    • When to include radiation model (T^4)
    • Different radiation models in ICEPAK
    • User input properties and parameters
    • Solar radiation / flux calculator
    • Hands-on examples and homework

Week 9 - Post-processing

  • Understand how to utilize ANSYS ICEPAK to obtain useful post-processing results. You will learn how to get engineering quantities from your CFD simulation, learn to create cut-planes, streamlines, and much more. 
    • Vector plots
    • Streamlines
    • Contours
    • Section planes
    • Various post-processing methods and plots
    • Reporting results
    • Hands-on examples and homework

Week 10 - Advanced Simulations

  • In this lecture, you will be able to use ICEPAK to solve some of the advanced and complex problems. The setup procedures to be followed during transient simulations and many advanced methods are discussed briefly.
    • Analyze transient simulations
    • Understand zoom-in modeling approach in ICEPAK
    • Use of advanced methods in projects
    • Hands-on examples and homework

Week 11 - Macros

  • Macros are used to fast-build ICEPAK models. In this session, you will learn to use some of the macros available in ICEPAK. Productivity macros are useful for model validation and performing routine tasks: automatic meshing, finding zero-slack assemblies, copying assembly mesh settings, debugging divergence, deleting unused materials/parameters, and so on. 
    • JEDEC Test Chambers - Natural convection and forced convection
    • PCB
    • Detailed heat sink
    • Datacenter components
    • Create bonding wires

Week 12 - Optimization

  • In this lecture, you will be able to use ICEPAK dynamic-Q optimization method to solve design optimization problems. Such problems occur frequently in engineering applications where time-consuming numerical simulations may be used for function evaluations. By the end of this module, you will be able to comprehend
    • When to use optimization
    • Defining design variables and a parametric study in ICEPAK
    • Setting up & running trials
    • Define parametric runs and assign primary functions
    • Function reporting and plotting

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Industry Projects

Our projects are designed by experts in the industry to reflect industry standards. By working through our projects, Learners will gain a practical understanding of what they will take on at a larger-scale in the industry. In total, there are 3 Projects that are available in this program.

Modeling & Analysis of Low Voltage Control Panel

In this project, the student will learn how to model and find the temperature distribution of a Low Voltage Control Panel, which is widely found in large buildings and industries to distribute electrical power.

PCB Thermal Analysis

In this project, the student will simulate the conductive and convective heat transfer taking place during the working of a general Printed Circuit Board (PCB).

Modeling & Analysis of a Datacenter

In this project, the student will model a datacenter/server room and analyze the temperature distribution of the same using Ansys ICEPAK.

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Boost your career with the Electronic Cooling Simulations using the ANSYS ICEPAK course

If you are a mechanical, electrical, or electronics engineer, designing power systems can be a significant part of your job responsibilities. It can be challenging to propose a cost-efficient system that does not fail due to overheating. To find an optimized solution, you will require a thorough understanding of heat flows and predicting the operating temperatures of the system's power components.

Only a few online mechanical engineering courses will teach you one of the most effective tools like ANSYS ICEPAK, required for thermal assessments. You will learn to perform analytical calculations using thermal specifications, empirical analysis, and thermal modeling.

The duration of this course is three months, and the fee is in the range of Rs. 7000 per month to Rs. 15,000 per month. 

Who Should Take This Course on Electronic Cooling Simulations using ANSYS ICEPAK?

This course is one of the best online CFD courses and is ideal for mechanical, electrical, or electronics engineers or students. It will help you if you have already learned the basics and want to get hands-on experience to add weight to your resume. 

This course covers various aspects of electronic cooling simulations such as physics, thoughts on simulation methods, modelling techniques, and different meshing methods. You will learn about different radiation models which is an important topic in electronic cooling systems.

In short, this course will give you a competitive edge over your competition and equip you with the right tools to grow in your career. 

What Will You Learn?

In this online mechanical engineering course, you will learn the basics of heat transfer in electrical and electronics cooling. For instance, you will know all about passive and active electronic systems and their significance in simulations.

You will then learn about the software platform of ICEPAK. The industry experts will teach you how to build thermal models of electronic devices using ICEPAK primitive shapes by considering radiations. You will also learn meshing and the significance of different meshing techniques.

This course will enable you to solve complex and advanced simulation problems. By learning how to develop Macros to fast-build ICEPAK models, you will get a sense of how your product can improve with this skill.

Skills You will Learn

  • Simulating natural and forced convection problems.
  • Analyze heat generation in devices and PCB modelling.
  • Perform board-level electrothermal coupling.
  • Explore CAD and ECAD import options within ICEPAK.
  • Design modeller/SpaceClaim and translate MCAD geometry to ICEPAK native geometry.

Key Highlights of the Program

  • Besides the course completion certificate for all participants, the top 5% of learners get a merit certificate.
  • The duration of the certification course is three months.
  •  Real-time industry-relevant projects make learning purposeful.

Career Opportunities after Taking the Course

After completing this CFD certification course, you will become eligible to apply for several coveted job roles. You can apply for the job of thermal systems engineer in several large national and multi-national companies. Additionally, you can explore job opportunities in engineering equipment industries, nuclear power stations, pollution control agencies, Space Research Organization, oil exploration and refining, thermal power stations, and the energy conservation department.

Your roles and responsibilities include:

  • PCB thermal analysis 
  • To predict heat transfer into PCB
  • Fluid Flow Analysis for ICS
  • Electro-Magnetic Analysis
  • Electro-Thermal Analysis
  • To provide optimized thermal design for PCBs

FAQs on Electronic Cooling Simulations using ANSYS ICEPAK

1) Who are the instructors of this course?

Skill-Lync has a team of dedicated Technical Support Engineers to assist students during online mechanical engineering courses.

2) Are there any prerequisites to this course?

The course is for engineering students (BE, B.Tech, and M.Tech), freshers, and professionals who have little to no experience in electronics cooling simulations with ANSYS ICEPAK.

3) How will you resolve my doubts?

All our students get one-on-one support through videoconferencing, WhatsApp messages/calls, individual online sessions, and in-person. A dedicated support engineer will address all your doubts and queries and ensure they are cleared.

4) What are the real-world applications for the tools and techniques that I will learn in this course?

Some of the real-world applications of this course include thermal simulation of heat generation in electrical components due to joule losses, PCB thermal simulations, forced and natural convection, conduction, and radiation.

5) At which companies can I expect to apply to after this course?

Some of the popular companies that offer high-paying jobs include Schneider Electric, Cisco, Apple, Altair, L&T, NVIDIA, Intel, ABB, Philips, etc.

6) How will this course help me get a job?

If you are a thermal analyst or want to work in this area, this course will give you an edge over your competition in the electrical and electronic industries. Your expertise in thermal simulation will definitely help you secure the job of your dreams as there are few experts in the industry.

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