The evolution of technology has faced many different challenges over the last several decades, and most of them were equally difficult to overcome. For example, electrical thermal management, or the ability to prevent electrical systems from overheating, has traditionally been one of the biggest hurdles to jump, and for many different complex reasons. The importance of thermal management is one – without some way to prevent overheating, no technology would function properly. Another concern, however, was finding thermal management solutions that were not only effective, but could also keep up with the increasingly higher demands of advancing technologies.
Overcoming the thermal management conundrum
Today’s thermal management solutions are highly diverse, and offer a wealth of benefits in areas such as efficiency, productivity, reliability, and cost control. Before thermal management’s evolution, however, companies relied mainly on air conditioners and air compressors to keep their electrical enclosures properly cooled. This meant that, in order to keep their systems running, companies had no choice but to accept the high costs, excessive energy consumption, and frequent maintenance/repairs associated with these means. It also meant that technology designers were severely limited in what they could create, as their designs were hindered by the need to accommodate clunky, cumbersome cooling solutions.
Comparing thermal management systems
The electrical cooling conundrum stemmed from a lack of innovative, forward-thinking methods of handling electrical waste heat. That changed, however, when heat exchangers became a popular alternative. Instead of having to chill air and circulate it through an enclosure to prevent overheating, heat exchangers take the approach of preventing heat from lingering long enough to cause damage. Known as heat transfer, this method involves constantly absorbing waste heat as it’s generated, then transferring the heat to a cooler area of the heat exchanger, where it can be dissipated safely.
Growing with the help of efficient heat transfer
To successfully transfer heat, heat exchangers rely on little more than an eco-friendly cooling fluid, a path for the fluid to flow through, and a heat depository (such as a heat sink). This means they don’t need a ton of external moving parts or HVAC machinery, nor do they require as much energy to run continuously. Because transferring heat can be accomplished with minimal equipment, technology designers can incorporate them into sleeker, smaller designs that are substantially more powerful and efficient. For more information about technology’s growth thanks to innovative heat exchangers, call Noren Thermal Solutions in Taylor, TX, at 866-936-6736.