International Study Recognizes Sherlock as Leading PCB Simulation Tool

Posted by DfR Solutions on Oct 20, 2015 9:30:00 AM

DfR_Logo_NEW-color_71.pngBeltsville, MD – October 20, 2015 – DfR Solutions, a leader in quality, reliability, and durability (QRD) solutions for the electronics industry, is proud to announce that the Institute of Research and Development India (IRD India) has validated the Sherlock Automated Design Analysis™ Software as the industry standard for accurate mechanical modeling and simulation of electronics.

In an independent study published in the International Journal on Mechanical Engineering and Robotics (IJMER), Sherlock was used by the authors to perform PCB simulation for various load conditions to determine the failure of components on PCBs. IJMER is a peer reviewed journal published by IRD India. In this paper, Determination of Mechanical Properties of PCB, the importance of material properties in PCB analysis was discussed and the effect of material property variation on PCB response was studied. The authors identified Sherlock’s unique capability to accurately predict the composite PCB properties through its internal laminate library and use of validated composite models. The researchers concluded that Sherlock was as or more accurate than equivalent simulation through Ansys.

“This research demonstrates that Sherlock is considered worldwide as the gold standard for mechanical and thermal-mechanical simulation of electronics,” stated DfR Solutions CEO Craig Hillman. “Sherlock Automated Design Analysis™ Software is being used by academia and by industry as the default method by which companies communicate reliability across their organizations and throughout the supply chain,” said Hillman.

About Sherlock Automated Design Analysis™ Software

Sherlock is the first-of-its-kind Automated Design Analysis software for analyzing, grading, and certifying the expected reliability of products at the circuit card assembly level. It is used by the electronics industry across all markets. Sherlock continues to evolve, incorporating new innovations and enhancements allowing users to manage increasingly complex analyses faster and more efficiently than ever before.

About DfR Solutions

DfR Solutions has world-renowned expertise in applying the science of Reliability Physics to electrical and electronics technologies and is a leading provider of quality, reliability, and durability (QRD) research and consulting for the electronics industry. The company’s integrated use of Physics of Failure (PoF) and Best Practices provides crucial insights and solutions early in product design and development and throughout the product life cycle. DfR Solutions specializes in providing knowledge- and science-based solutions to maximize and accelerate the product integrity assurance activities of their clients in every marketplace for electronic technologies (consumer, industrial, automotive, medical, military, telecom, oil drilling, and throughout the electronic component and material supply chain).

About IRD India

The Institute for Research and Development India (IRD India) is an independent, private non-profit scientific association of distinguished scholars engaged in Computer Science, Information Technology, Electronics, Mechanical, Electrical, Communication and Management. The IRD India members include faculties, deans, department heads, professors, research scientists, engineers, scholars, experienced software development directors, managers and engineers, university postgraduate and undergraduate engineering and technology students, etc. IRD India plays an influential role and promotes developments in a wide range of ways. The mission of IRD India is to foster and conduct collaborative interdisciplinary research in state-of-the-art methodologies and technologies within its areas of expertise. For more information visit


International Journal on Mechanical Engineering and Robotics (IJMER), an international peer-reviewed, open access journal, aims to publish original research articles and review articles across diverse fields of Electronics and Electrical Engineering. It is an international forum for scientists, researchers and engineers involved in all aspects of Electronics & Electrical Engineering and its related areas to publish high quality, referred papers. The Journal offers survey and review articles from experts in the field, promoting insight and understanding of the state of art, and latest trends in the field. The content includes original research and innovation ideas, applications from all over the world.