Introduction To Cooling Systems

Cooling Systems

Adequate heat dissipation in electronic and industrial equipment can often determine the overall design and performance of the system. Improper or inadequate cooling can severely shorten the life of many components and affect operating characteristics. Although simple convection or forced-air cooling techniques will satisfy many requirements, those in which power density is over ten watts per square inch are usually better met by liquid cooling. The use of liquid cooling also eliminates the acoustic noise and vibration associated with forced air, since the cooling package can be remotely located.

Where large volumes of cooling liquid are required, a closed-loop system offers economy, control and dependability. Closed-loop cooling systems recirculate water, other liquids or air to the heat load and back, requiring no refilling of the system. Thus, they cut water consumption rates, eliminate sewer taxes and ease the load on plant cooling systems. Further, they offer the advantage of being able to filter, purify, deionize and control the coolant to any desired level of purity, temperature and flow.

Liquid cooling, using water or other fluids, is simply the removal of heat from the equipment being cooled to a heat sink or ultimate coolant, via a liquid or air medium. This catalog describes design considerations, applications and characteristics of cooling units of this type available to the industry.

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Selecting the Coolant

Water is the most common and efficient coolant used in recirculating cooling. However, there are many applications where water is not suitable because of its corrosiveness, freezing/boiling points, conductivity etc. There is a wide variety of alternative coolants available. Some of the most popular coolants are shown on the Coolant Selection Chart. The characteristics of coolants differ so significantly that they can dictate the design of the cooling system, so it is important to select the proper coolant.

When deciding what type of coolant to use, some of the factors which should be considered are:

Save Water and Money

Running tap water through your equipment is wasteful and costly. If your equipment requires five gallons of water per minute, 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, you can send 2.6 million gallons of water down the drain each year! Switching from tap water cooling to a recirculating cooler may offer you many advantages. Unlike tap water the coolant you choose to circulate through your delicate equipment is free from particles, scale and organic matter. Recirculating coolers offer control over flow, temperature and pressure of your coolant increasing the efficiency of your equipment.

If a liquid-to-liquid CUW Series cooling unit is employed and tap water is used as the ultimate heat sink, the tap water would be drawn and modulated only as needed to control the primary coolant temperature. This system decreases overall tap water consumption. A refrigerated CU Series unit will eliminate the need for tap water all together.