Graphic Card Thermal Analysis

This example shows how you can use PyAEDT to create an Graphic Card setup in Icepak and postprocess results. The example file is an Icepak Project with a model already created and with materials assigned.

Launch AEDT in Graphical Mode

This examples launches AEDT 2021.2 in graphical mode.

import os
import tempfile
import shutil
from pyaedt import examples, generate_unique_name
from pyaedt import Icepak

Open Project

Download Project, opens it and save to TEMP Folder.

project_full_name = examples.download_icepak()

tmpfold = tempfile.gettempdir()

temp_folder = os.path.join(tmpfold, generate_unique_name("Example"))
project_temp_name = os.path.join(temp_folder, "Graphic_Card.aedt")
if not os.path.exists(temp_folder):
shutil.copy2(project_full_name, project_temp_name)

ipk = Icepak(project_temp_name, specified_version="2021.2", new_desktop_session=True)
ipk.save_project(os.path.join(temp_folder, "Graphics_card.aedt"))


Launching PyAEDT outside Electronics Desktop with CPython and Pythonnet
Launching AEDT installation C:\Program Files\AnsysEM\AnsysEM21.2\Win64
pyaedt info: Launching AEDT with module Pythonnet.
pyaedt info: Ansoft.ElectronicsDesktop.2021.2 Started with process ID 11168.
pyaedt info: Logger Started on C:\Users\ansys\Documents\Ansoft\pyaedt20220120_154412.log
pyaedt info: pyaedt v0.5.dev1
pyaedt info: Python version 3.8.10 (tags/v3.8.10:3d8993a, May  3 2021, 11:48:03) [MSC v.1928 64 bit (AMD64)]
pyaedt info: Project Graphic_Card has been opened.
pyaedt info: Active design is set to IcepakDesign1
pyaedt.generic.LoadAEDTFile._read_aedt_file: 0.0s
pyaedt info: AEDT Load time 0.015655994415283203
pyaedt info: Design Loaded
pyaedt info: Successfully loaded project materials !
pyaedt info: Materials Loaded
pyaedt info: Saving Graphic_Card Project


Plot the model

ipk.plot(show=False, export_path=os.path.join(temp_folder, "Graphics_card.jpg"), plot_air_objects=False)
Icepak Example


<pyaedt.modules.AdvancedPostProcessing.ModelPlotter object at 0x000001D051D16EE0>

Create Source Blocks

Create Source block on CPU and MEMORIES

ipk.create_source_block("CPU", "25W")
ipk.create_source_block(["MEMORY1", "MEMORY1_1"], "5W")


pyaedt info: Block on ['CPU'] with 25W Power, created correctly.
pyaedt info: Block on ['MEMORY1', 'MEMORY1_1'] with 5W Power, created correctly.

<pyaedt.modules.Boundary.BoundaryObject object at 0x000001D051D16730>

Assign Boundaries

Assign Opening and Grille

region = ipk.modeler.primitives["Region"]
ipk.assign_grille(, free_area_ratio=0.8)


pyaedt info: Face List boundary_faces created
pyaedt info: Opening Assigned
pyaedt info: Face List boundary_faces created
pyaedt info: Grille Assigned

<pyaedt.modules.Boundary.BoundaryObject object at 0x000001D06414F5E0>

Mesh Operations

Assign Mesh Region to HeatSink and CPU

mesh_region = ipk.mesh.assign_mesh_region(objectlist=["HEAT_SINK", "CPU"])
mesh_region.UserSpecifiedSettings = True
mesh_region.MaxElementSizeX = "3.35mm"
mesh_region.MaxElementSizeY = "1.75mm"
mesh_region.MaxElementSizeZ = "2.65mm"
mesh_region.MaxLevels = "2"




Create Point Monitor and Setup

ipk.assign_point_monitor(point_position=["-35mm", "3.6mm", "-86mm"], monitor_name="TemperatureMonitor1")
ipk.assign_point_monitor(point_position=["80mm", "14.243mm", "-55mm"], monitor_type="Speed")
setup1 = ipk.create_setup()
setup1.props["Flow Regime"] = "Turbulent"
setup1.props["Convergence Criteria - Max Iterations"] = 5
setup1.props["Linear Solver Type - Pressure"] = "flex"
setup1.props["Linear Solver Type - Temperature"] = "flex"


pyaedt info: Saving Graphics_card Project


Solve and PostProcess

Solve Project and plot Temperatures

quantity_name = "SurfTemperature"
surflist = [ for i in ipk.modeler.primitives["CPU"].faces]
surflist += [ for i in ipk.modeler.primitives["MEMORY1"].faces]
surflist += [ for i in ipk.modeler.primitives["MEMORY1_1"].faces]
surflist += [ for i in ipk.modeler.primitives["ALPHA_MAIN_PCB"].faces]

plot5 =, "SurfTemperature")

ipk.release_desktop(True, True)


pyaedt info: Solving design setup MySetupAuto
pyaedt info: Design setup MySetupAuto solved correctly


Total running time of the script: ( 1 minutes 56.544 seconds)

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