Navigation Links
Sandia's 'cooler' technology offers fundamental breakthrough in heat transfer
Date:7/11/2011

Sandia National Laboratories has developed a new technology with the potential to dramatically alter the air-cooling landscape in computing and microelectronics, and lab officials are now seeking licensees in the electronics chip cooling field to license and commercialize the device.

The "Sandia Cooler," also known as the "Air Bearing Heat Exchanger," is a novel, proprietary air-cooling invention developed by Sandia researcher Jeff Koplow, who was recently selected by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) to take part in the NAE's 17th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium.

Koplow said the Sandia Cooler technology, which is patent-pending, will significantly reduce the energy needed to cool the processor chips in data centers and large-scale computing environments. The yearly electricity bill paid by the information technology sector in the U.S. is currently on the order of seven billion dollars and continues to grow.

Dramatic improvements in cooling, other benefits

In a conventional CPU cooler, the heat transfer bottleneck is the boundary layer of "dead air" that clings to the cooling fins. With the Sandia Cooler, heat is efficiently transferred across a narrow air gap from a stationary base to a rotating structure. The normally stagnant boundary layer of air enveloping the cooling fins is subjected to a powerful centrifugal pumping effect, causing the boundary layer thickness to be reduced to ten times thinner than normal. This reduction enables a dramatic improvement in cooling performance within a much smaller package.

Additionally, the high speed rotation of the heat exchanger fins minimizes the problem of heat exchanger fouling. The way the redesigned cooling fins slice through the air greatly improves aerodynamic efficiency, which translates to extremely quiet operation. The Sandia Cooler's benefits have been verified by lab researchers on a proof-of-concept prototype approximately sized to cool computer CPUs. The technology, Koplow said, also shows great potential for personal computer applications.

Broader energy sector applications

The Sandia Cooler also offers benefits in other applications where thermal management and energy efficiency are important, particularly heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC). Koplow said that if Air Bearing Heat Exchanger technology proves amenable to size scaling, it has the potential to decrease overall electrical power consumption in the U.S. by more than seven percent.

Companies interested in licensing the Sandia Cooler are invited to review and respond to the solicitation through July 15. The solicitation can be found at https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DOE/SNL/SN/11_360/listing.html. Although it is first focused on licensing opportunities in the field of electronics chip cooling, Sandia will soon establish a separate process for exploring partnering and/or licensing opportunities in other fields.


'/>"/>

Contact: Mike Janes
mejanes@sandia.gov
925-294-2447
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology technology :

1. Generex Announces Publication of Studies with the Mayo Clinic Confirming and Extending the Antigen Express Ii-Key Platform Technology
2. SANYO and BD Biosciences Collaborate to Offer Researchers Valuable Technology and Research Tools
3. PharmAthene Achieves Anthrax Vaccine Program Milestone and Successfully Completes Technology Transfer
4. Reportlinker Adds White Biotechnology
5. New Jersey Targets Life-Sciences Investors at Worlds Largest Biotechnology Event
6. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology: Self-assembling electronic nano-components
7. SVS 2011: Ziehm Imaging Presents Latest Mobile C-armTechnology for Intraoperative use
8. Nanotechnology makes big inroads into construction industry
9. Life Technologies Launches Highly Efficient Stem Cell Reprogramming Technology
10. Health Technology Assessment Goes Online
11. Reportlinker Adds India Biotechnology in India Industry
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Sandia's 'cooler' technology offers fundamental breakthrough  in heat transfer
(Date:4/21/2017)... ... April 21, 2017 , ... The impressively ... focus of researchers, engineers, product developers, and industry suppliers gathered last week for ... SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics , the event drew ...
(Date:4/21/2017)... ... , ... Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc. (FITCI), a business ... earned a $77,518 grant from the Rural Maryland Council (RMC) to support refurbishment ... first incubator. A non-profit corporation, FITCI is a public-private partnership of the governments ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... April 20, 2017  Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: ... evaluating galcanezumab for the prevention of migraine at the ... take place April 22-28, 2017, in Boston ... abstracts at AAN, including safety and patient outcomes data ... with a reduction in monthly migraine headache days among ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... Kong (PRWEB) , ... April 20, 2017 , ... NetDimensions ... Global Sales. , With over 20 years of experience in the learning technologies industry, ... a sister company within Learning Technologies Group plc (LTG). At LEO, Mastin served as ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:4/13/2017)... April 13, 2017 UBM,s Advanced Design and ... will feature emerging and evolving technology through its 3D ... will run alongside the expo portion of the event ... and demonstrations focused on trending topics within 3D printing ... and manufacturing event will take place June 13-15, 2017 at ...
(Date:4/11/2017)... April 11, 2017 Crossmatch®, a globally-recognized ... solutions, today announced that it has been awarded ... Projects Activity (IARPA) to develop next-generation Presentation Attack ... "Innovation has been a driving force within ... will allow us to innovate and develop new ...
(Date:4/11/2017)... , April 11, 2017 No two ... researchers at the New York University Tandon School ... Engineering have found that partial similarities between prints ... used in mobile phones and other electronic devices ... The vulnerability lies in the fact that ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):