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Creating a Thermal Management System
The term thermal management system can sound complicated. In essence it is simply the method in which heat is transferred from one part of a device to another. Knowing the most efficient way of doing this can not only increase productivity but also lower costs.
A good example of a thermal management system is a computer. Inside the computer will often be a coolant or a fan. This is used to ensure that the computer does not overheat.
Other examples include the coolants used in refrigerators or heat transfer in radiators. In each instance the energy is transferred in a particular way in order to either cool or heat. With industry thermal management systems there are numerous options available depending on the requirement of your particular industry.
A common example is a system of tubes. Parallel flow tubing systems have two fluids entering an exchange mechanism at the same end. However many industries have found that counter flow system are more efficient. This is where fluids enter from the opposite ends of the device.
Another issue to consider with pipes is size. It is possible to create a piping system of any size or shape. It is generally felt that a larger amount of pipes is better. While this is best for efficiency in terms of production the problem comes when these pipes need to be replaced as it can be harder to replace custom parts.
A more compact design with smaller tubing is also recommended for efficient results. However there are disadvantages for this, as well. Smaller tubes are often a lot more difficult to clean. Thickness is also as an issue as thicker tubes will withstand pressure more easily.
The shape of the tubes can also have an effect, both in terms of how effective they are in transferring heat and how to ensure they are clean. Triangular shapes are often used for better heat transfer. However if you want a design that is low maintenance it is best to go for square shaped.
In short when considering the thermal management system that is ideal for your particular industry you need to balance out the different factors involved. While everyone wants systems that are the most efficient there is the issue of how cost effective the design is as well. This is why finding the right manufacturing partner and supplier is crucial in getting the best possible results from your thermal management system.