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Novel Electron Beam Surface Sculpting for Efficient Heat Exchange

Objective

By combining a new surface engineering process with state-of-the-art thermal modelling, significant design and performance improvements to heat exchangers for electronic and electrical systems can be made. The surface designs created will not only provide an increase in surface area (allowing for smaller size heat exchanger packaging), but also enable ‘designed’ flow over a surface (which will enhance its heat transfer potential). These benefits will place a consortium of SMEs in a position to compete against competition from countries with cheaper labour overheads and the potential for charging a price premium for specialised systems, increasing their profitability and generating value in the EU economy.

There is a drive towards miniaturisation of electronic devices as well as requirements for higher power applications. The size of the heat exchangers necessary is the limiting factor for package size. By combining a European surface processing technology with complex computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling, heat exchange surfaces will be customised and optimised. The result will be optimised, efficient heat exchangers for the next generation of electronic devices.

Conventional heat exchanger manufacturing processes are extensively developed and only small future efficiency improvements are likely to arise. The Heat-Sculptor project will generate an enabling technology that will increase the performance of heat exchangers by >23%. Until now, designs have been constrained by production technologies e.g. machining or chemical etching. The new electron beam surface engineering process, Surfi-Sculpt®, has the capability to rapidly create complex ‘Heat-Sculptor’ surface geometries that are not possible with existing techniques.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/mathematics/pure mathematics/geometry
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/classical mechanics/fluid mechanics/fluid dynamics

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

COOLTECH SRL
Address
Via Camillo Prampolini 30
41043 Formigine
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 275 187
Administrative Contact
Michael Serri (Mr.)

Participants (5)

WLB LIMITED
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 163 608,70
Address
Zinonos Sozou (Office 103) 11
1075 Lefkosia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Silvia Sotiropoulou (Mrs)
AQUASIUM TECHNOLOGY LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 259 350,10
Address
Pembroke Avenue 43 Denny Industrial
CB25 9QX Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Evans (Mr.)
DTK ELECTRONICS OOD
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 224 328,20
Address
Tzarigradsko Shosse Blvd 133 Et 2 Of 205
BG-1784 Sofia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Daniel Todotov (Mr.)
TWI LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 62 551
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Heather Claxton (Ms.)
CENTRE DE RECHERCHE EN AERONAUTIQUE ASBL - CENAERO
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 43 975
Address
Batiment Eole, 1Er Étage - Rue Des Frères Wright 29
6041 Gosselies
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Janos Vajda (Mr.)