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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.
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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)

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WLB LIMITED

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 163 608,70

AQUASIUM TECHNOLOGY LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 259 350,10

DTK ELECTRONICS OOD

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 224 328,20

TWI LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 62 551

CENTRE DE RECHERCHE EN AERONAUTIQUE ASBL - CENAERO

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 43 975

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 606172

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2013

  • End date

    31 August 2015

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 336 368,20

  • EU contribution

    € 1 029 000

Coordinated by:

COOLTECH SRL

Italy