Physics (Thermal Analysis / Current Simulation)

Plug-In category: DRC Analysis, EMC, other Plug-In included in: PCBI Ultimate

PCB-Investigator Physics is the perfect tool to simulate the physical behaviour of your Printed Circuit Boards during the development phase.

It enables you to find thermal hotspots, critical trace resistances and voltage drops that are too high, even before prototyping begins!

With the built-in editing functions of PCB-Investigator Physics it’s even possible to optimize the layout and stack-up to achieve the best possible physical behaviour with only a few clicks!

Save valuable time and prototype costs with the Thermal Analysis and Current Simulation of PCBi-Physics!

To get information about the physical behaviour of your Printed Circuit Board during operation, the Thermal Simulation and Current Flow Simulation of PCB-Investigator Physics enables you to simulate the following physical properties:

  • The Temperature raise at each location caused by power loss of components or by high currents
  • The Current Density, e.g. at copper bottlenecks or in drills
  • The Voltage Drop and Copper Resistance between any pins on any layer

Welcome to the new world of Simulations - with PCB-Investigator Physics!

In the News: Perform thermal simulation in early layout stage

Thermische Simulation bereits beim Leiterplatten-Layout


Watch our PCB-Investigator Physics Videos here:

Physics SimulationTutorial 1: How to use PCB Investigator Physics
(» download video)

Physics SimulationTutorial 2: Improve thermal behaviour by using different materials
(» download video)

Physics SimulationTutorial 3: Improve thermal behaviour by optimizing the copper structure of your layout and adding thermal vias
(» download video)

Physics SimulationTutorial 4: Improve thermal behaviour by adding a Heat Sink to a component with high power dissipation
(» download video)

Physics SimulationTutorial 5: Improve thermal behaviour by adding an Insulated Metal Substrate (IMS / Aluminum Plate) to the bottom side of the PCB
(» download video)



(This Plugin is only available in the PCB Investigator Physics Edition! Contact us to get a free trial version!)


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