In the realm of electrical thermal management, heat exchangers have made a significant impact over the last several decades. In an area where high energy costs and frequent maintenance used to be standard, heat exchangers provide a way for companies to more efficiently and affordably keep their electrical equipment cool. Without having to rely on solutions like air conditioners or air compressors, companies can achieve high-performance electrical cooling with minimal energy and effort, and with highly satisfactory results.
Why transferring heat became preferable
The secret to success for modern heat exchangers lies in the natural processes they use to transfer electrical waste heat. First, consider why air conditioners and air compressors can be cumbersome to maintain. Both solutions rely on chilling air and then circulating that chilled air through the interior of an electrical enclosure. The generation of that chilled air in itself requires substantial amounts of energy, especially since the process has to continue non-stop. Circulating the air requires just as much energy, and doing so can lead to conditions like condensation within the enclosure that could prove harmful to sensitive electrical equipment.
How heat exchangers keep waste heat moving
Instead of using chilled air, heat exchangers focus more on preventing the electrical waste heat itself from accumulating in the enclosure. They do this with the help of an eco-friendly cooling fluid (usually water) that flows through the heat exchanger’s cold plates or heat pipes. The liquid closest to the source of heat will absorb it, becoming less dense so that it can travel and transfer the heat elsewhere. This process doesn’t involve generating or circulating chilled air, and therefore, doesn’t require nearly as much energy or attention as more traditional cooling solutions required.
The advantages of utilizing heat transfer methods
The ability to transfer heat instead of having to overcome it is the basis of the many different benefits that heat exchangers provide companies. For example, in addition to their reduced energy needs, heat exchangers also make it easier for companies to implement newer technologies by taking up minimal amounts of space. Without the need for constant repairs and maintenance, they also help streamline a company’s overall efficiency and productivity, boosting revenue while also helping it reduce its overhead costs.
For more information about how heat exchangers transfer heat and why it’s important, call Noren Thermal Solutions in Taylor, TX, at 866-936-6736.