Are you in the military supply chain? Want to stay there?

In this month’s Military & Aerospace Electronics, Courtney Howard reports on the thermal challenge facing the military products industry.

Thermal Management: A Challenge for Designers of Future Military Aircraft

She covers some recent comments made by Jim Robles of the Boeing Company. Jim points out the importance of thermal management in all electronics subsystems, and the urgency to meet these demands to satisfy what Boeing customers really care about: Total ownership cost, high functional density, and reliability in harsh environments.

I’ve worked with hundreds of companies in the military supply chain over the last ten years. True thermal competence has been largely ignored as these companies slap prototypes together and hope for the best.

We’re getting to (more likely way past) the stage where you need to demonstrate thermal management competence as a core value in order to stay competitive in the military electronics market. In my opinion, that means you need to embed upfront CFD capability as a core part of the job for every Mechanical Engineer in your company. Hoping for the best or hiring a single thermal specialist (who will probably walk out the door with his expertise) are not good options.