A Guide to Electronics Cooling
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A Guide to Electronics Cooling

Become a Thermal Analyst: Learn the Thermal Management of Electronics Systems
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What Will I Learn?
  • Find out how much heat is dissipated and what is the best way to manage it
  • Propose solutions to cool electronic devices
  • Interpreate thermal data that comes with electronic device datasheets
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  • Some basic science
  • Ability to solve simple equations

The rise of electronic devices over the last two decades has changed our way of life. Electronic product manufacturers are constantly competing with each other to produce the very best products. Often the limiting factor of an electronic device performance is its ability to dissipate heat. The faster the device cools itself, the better it will perform. Therefore the industry is in constant search of improving this area of technology i.e. electronic cooling.

This course will cover all the information you need to know for designing electronics systems that are thermally balanced.

A basic search on any job website reveals many high paying jobs in this sector. No doubt with electronic devices becoming ubiquitous  in the last two decades and the need of high performance products, the skill for electronics cooling is very much in demand. Jobs in this sector are lucrative.  This course aims to equip students with this much needed skill.

The skills learnt in this course are very much transferable to other areas such as Civil Engineering or Mechanical Engineering. The same concepts that are used in electronics cooling can be applied to find the heat loss by house walls or to find out the heat lost by a car engine.

This course will be beneficial for anyone looking to pursue a career as a thermal analyst.

Thermal Management of electronics is a skill in great demand.


How the course is structured ?

The lectures in the course have been delivered through whiteboard animations. This techniques  breaks-down complex ideas into easy to digest, bite size concepts. Whiteboard animations have also proven to enhance student experience.

The course begins with how heat is generated. It later deals with how heat is dissipated. There are also calculations in the course that are explained step by step. Through these calculations student will become confident in assessing electronics components through their datasheets. 

A section of the course has been dedicated to best techniques in the industry for electronics cooling. Heat Sinks, Heat Pipes, Heat Pads and Thermal Compounds have been explored. Transcripts for lectures have also been made available.

Who should take this course?

This course is for all levels and can be completed by anyone with basic knowledge of science. You should also have the ability to calculations of simple equations.  

The content tries to remain focused on more practical considerations rather than delving into more academic details. 

 Who is the target audience?

  • Students wanting to learn about Electronic Cooling
  • Individuals who want to become "Thermal Analysts"
  • Electronic System designer who would like to learn about heat dissipation


  • Have an interest in technology and curiosity to learn
  • some basic mathematics 
Who is the target audience?
  • People with interest in Science and Electronics
  • People with interest in thermal analysis and thermal management
  • Electronic Engineers that would like to diversity their skill portfolio
  • Engineering students
Curriculum For This Course
15 Lectures
4 Lectures 20:02

In this brief lecture, the course and it content have been introduced. The course structure has also been described.

Preview 02:33

In this lecture the question why electronic cooling is important? has been answered.

The performance, reliability and longevity of any electronics device is closely tied to its temperature.

Preview 06:36

This lecture looks at some basics terms for electronic cooling that need to be learned before proceeding further in the course.

Basic Terminologies of Electronic Cooling

Heat transfer in electronic systems occurs at multiple level. Right down from the die to casing heat transfer and all the way up to server room cooling. At each level different solutions are required.

Scale of Thermal Systems in Electronics
Mechanics of Heat
2 Lectures 17:23

Almost all heating in electronics happens because of internal circuit resistance. This is called Joule Heating. In this lecture, Joule heating has been explained along with its calculation

Joule Heating

This lecture looks at the three modes of heat transfer namely conduction, convection and radiation. Please note that a complete course on Heat Transfer is available free on Udemy by the name of "Introduction to Heat Transfer". 

Modes of Heat Transfer
Heat Dissipation
8 Lectures 49:03

In this lecture "Thermal Resistance" has been explained. It has also been described how heat flow is analogous to flow of water.

Thermal Resistance Details

In this lecture, the heat sink and its functionality has been thoroughly explained. Heat sink use both in case of natural and forced convection have been covered.

Preview 10:29

In this lecture, how the "thermal curves" for heat sink should be interpreted, has been explained.

Heat Sink Selection 2

This lecture breaks down the calculation of thermal resistance. Please also see the accompanying notes and exercise to benefit from this lecture.

Calculation of Thermal Resistance

Heat pipes are  exciting new devices that shift heat. This lecture explores how they can be used even in small electronic devices.

Preview 04:22

Heat sink compounds are important for reducing interface resistance. This lecture looks at the uses and types of thermal compounds available in the market.

It also looks at thermal pads/foam and also touches on the tightening torque  

Heat-Sink compound/ Thermal Foam/ Tightening Torque

Graphite is a material that has the highest in plane thermal conductivity. How they can be used for removing heat has been explained in this lecture.

Graphite Sheet

This lecture lists the important software available in the market that are used by thermal analyst. Links to free software have also been provided

Useful links and Software
1 Lecture 03:56

This lecture concludes all the major points covered during the Electronic Cooling course.

About the Instructor
Dr. Haroon Junaidi
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I graduated as a  Mechanical Engineer in 2001 and since then have had a split career. I have worked both in the industry and taught in the academia. This has helped me marry the practicality of work place to the thoroughness of academic study. 

I enrolled as a PhD  student in 2004 (Edinburgh, UK) and completed my doctorate in  2007 in Renewable Energy (Solar Thermal)

Since then I have in my spare time conducted numerous workshops on Renewable Energy and have been an instructor for Engineers without Borders. I have taught budding Engineers both at college and University. I am a published author of two books. 

Teaching is my passion alongside solving  engineering challenges that can make a difference to humanity