All matter possesses internal energy at a molecular level. When matter changes phases, the enormous amount of energy that its molecules produce is manifested as heat. For example, heat of fusion occurs when a solid changes to a liquid (absorbing energy), and vice versa (releasing energy). Heat of vaporization occurs when a liquid changes to a gas (absorbing energy), and vice versa (releasing energy). Phase-change cooling takes advantage of latent heat vaporization to transfer and dissipate the thermal energy that electrical systems produce. As technology improves and components continue to shrink, phase-change cooling is becoming increasingly more important to keep advanced systems from overheating while minimizing the space needed for effective thermal management.
Common Applications for Phase-Change Cooling
In a phase-change cooling system, liquid is vaporized into gas, absorbing the thermal energy around it, and then transferred away from the electrical system’s operating parts. As the gas is converted into a liquid, the thermal energy is released away from the electrical components, and the cycle continues as the liquid is pumped back. Phase-change cooling has long been a vital (though historically expensive) component to computers and hand-held electronics. But the technology is becoming more affordable as it becomes more advanced, and is currently being used to keep products temperature-controlled throughout the journey from production to end-user. It’s also being used as a greener alternative to keep buildings cool and warm with significantly lower energy output.
At Noren, phase-change cooling is just one of the many customizable thermal management solutions that we provide clients in a variety of industries, from food and beverage production to aerospace and automation technologies, and much more. Our selection of energy-efficient products and services can help you create an all-encompassing, energy- and cost-saving solution to all of your thermal management needs, on virtually any scale.
Achieve More with Noren Thermal, Inc.
At Noren, innovation is the key to providing our clients with high-quality, high-performance thermal solutions and services. To learn more about how we can help you achieve more with customized solutions like phase-change cooling, call Noren Thermal, Inc., at 650-322-9500, or toll-free at 866-936-6736. Located in Menlo Park, CA, Noren proudly produces all of our products in the United States and delivers them to clients nationwide.