After becoming a staple of electrical enclosure cooling and other advanced thermal management processes, heat exchangers quickly became a catalyst for innovation. They gave designers and consumers of technology the ability to create and implement faster, more powerful, and more reliable thermal management solutions. Heat exchangers themselves also now come in a wide range of highly customizable types to meet most modern applications’ needs. Today, cold plates are one of the most popular options. Utilizing metal cold plates with flow paths custom-machined into them, the innovative heat spreaders can transfer large amounts of electrical waste heat with minimal energy and within extremely limited spaces.
Using cold plates to transfer heat
The goal of a heat exchanger is to create a loop where an eco-friendly cooling fluid can absorb electrical waste heat and transfer it somewhere it can be safely dissipated. The fluid flows back to the heat source to continue collecting heat, creating a looped liquid cooling system that requires significantly less energy and space than more traditional cooling solutions. Cold plates enhance heat transfer processes by using conduction to transfer heat from the plates’ surface to the cooling liquid flowing through its internal pathways. The continuous heat transfer process allows for high-performance electrical thermal management for a wide range of advanced applications.
Advantages of cold plate heat exchangers
Cold plate heat exchangers are often preferred for several different reasons. For example, by stacking several plates within the solution, designers can create higher levels of heat transfer without needing excessive space to do so. Cold plates and their flow paths can also be custom-designed to ensure optimal results for any given application’s parameters. For companies that rely on processes that require optimal heat transfer across large surfaces, cold plates can also provide the most efficient and effective solution. With their innovative heat transfer processes and minimal need for maintenance, cold plate heat exchangers can help companies significantly streamline several areas of their operations.
When cold plates are the best option
Some of the biggest benefits to using heat exchangers is that they help companies in virtually all industries improve their thermal management processes while lowering their energy usage and overall costs. Because of their versatility and high-performance capabilities, cold plates are often preferred for applications that require transferring heat across large surfaces, or maintaining consistent temperatures for precise thermal management processes. For example, cold plates can be utilized in food and beverage manufacturing processes to handle several vital thermal management processes, including pasteurization and packaging.
For more information about the important benefits of custom cold plate heat exchangers, call Noren Thermal Solutions in Taylor, TX, at 866-936-6736.