Efficiency wasn’t always an option in electrical thermal management. Not long ago, companies were resigned to the fact that making use of technology meant absorbing its often high costs, especially when it came to keeping that technology cooled. Today, however, efficiency has become one of the most competitive points between different thermal management systems, thanks largely to the advancement of heat exchangers and other customizable thermal solutions. By simplifying the ways in which most technologies approach electrical cooling, heat exchangers have continued to provide several important advantages, including the ability to create low-maintenance solutions for high-performance thermal management.
The maintenance needs of traditional solutions
For traditional electrical cooling applications, the most common solutions used to be those powered by air conditioning and/or air compressing equipment. The goals were to create chilled air and circulate it through the interiors of electrical enclosures, making it impossible for electrical waste heat to cause damage to any electrical components. For many older applications, this was effective, but not especially efficient. Such cooling processes require large amounts of energy, and the machinery required is complicated and often requires routine maintenance.
Simplifying these needs with efficient cooling method
The high maintenance needs of traditional electrical cooling solutions are a natural product of the complex nature of their equipment. Chilling and circulating air is an intensive process, and can only be achieved with such equipment. However, heat exchangers changed this by changing the need for such complicated processes. Instead of generating chilled air and making use of it, the more streamlined methods of cooling involve transferring electrical waste heat rapidly enough to stop it from accumulating into heat pockets. Instead of large, cumbersome machinery, the processes of transferring waste heat can be accomplished with streamlined heat exchanger designs, such as heat pipes or cold plates, and an eco-friendly cooling fluid flowing inside.
The advantages of lower-cost heat exchangers
There are several advantages that come with using heat exchangers for modern electrical cooling processes. The fact that they use significantly less energy to achieve equal or greater electrical cooling results than their predecessors is a significant one. Reducing energy usage greatly reduces a company’s overhead, as well as lowering its overall environmental footprint. In addition, modern heat pipes and cold plates don’t require the constant attention, maintenance, and repairs that older solutions require due to their complicated nature. This further reduces a company’s costs of operations while helping to boost the efficiency and productivity of the company.
For more information about finding value in low-maintenance electrical cooling, call Noren Thermal Solutions in Taylor, TX, at 866-936-6736.