Articles by Donald O'Brien

Articles by Donald O'Brien

How to Save Time and Money With Virtual Drop Testing

How to Save Time and Money With Virtual Drop Testing

Drop testing is, by its nature, very complex and expensive. There’s the time it takes to make design iterations, plus the time to test a variety of different drops and impacts, not to mention the cost of the many prototypes you build just to end up breaking them.

The need for drop testing spans a wide variety of products and industries. We’ve seen many examples for products such as cell phones and computers, however we can easily point to the automotive and aerospace industries as perfect candidates for drop and impact testing. We are now also seeing the emergence of the need for this type of testing for drones, electric vehicles, bottles, and a wide variety of 3D printed products.

May 10, 2022
Managing the Temperature of Electric Vehicle Battery Packs

Managing the Temperature of Electric Vehicle Battery Packs

Electric vehicles are a disruptive new technology that stand to change the automotive industry significantly. The global electric vehicles (EVs) market is expected to reach 92 million units by the year 2027, up from an estimated 3.2 million in 2020.

Thermal design challenges are common in all modern electronics as we look to reduce size while also increasing power. Nowhere is this issue more prevalent than the electric vehicles industry. With over 30 global companies competing for EV market share, the engineering demands to produce the best product quickly – and safely – are formidable. Some of the key challenges faced by these emerging companies include:

March 15, 2022