Frequently Asked Questions
Heat pipe-based cooling solutions offer the most efficient way to transfer heat from the heat generating end to the dissipating end. The main advantage of heat pipes is that they allow passive heat exchange without any moving parts, reducing the size of the cooling or heating equipment. There is also no cross contamination between air streams.
Since the system is a totally closed one, there is no maintenance required at all. In dusty environments, dust accumulation in the fin stack can be an issue, but that can easily be rectified by cleaning the outer area of the fin stack when required.
Yes, it is possible to replace older heat dissipating systems with a heat pipe-based solution. Due to the compact nature of a heat pipe-based heat sink/ exchanger, space constraints are easily overcome.
Provided the environment and the unit are kept reasonably clean and free of corrosive elements, a heat sink can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years, or in some cases more than 20 years. Its performance also depends on the Thermal Interface Materials – better quality materials guarantee longer working life before any need for user intervention.
These products are actually very environmentally friendly and serve to decrease power consumption when used for heat recovery. They are non-polluting, and use GREEN technology to serve the future.
Almost all companies are looking to reduce their carbon footprint. Using heat recovery systems in applications to reduce energy consumption automatically reduces the carbon footprint and carbon credits become more accessible.
Each of these options has its own advantages and disadvantages. Forced Convection (Active cooling) removes more heat and also takes up less space when compared to Passive cooling. But it would ‘consume power’ in terms of running the fan/ blower. Also, a fan/blower can be another possible point of failure in the system or maintenance.
Natural Convection (Passive cooling) works without any fan/ blower but there is a limitation in the orientation of fin stack because air flow has to be from bottom to top over the fin surface. A larger fin area is needed to dissipate the same amount of heat when compared to a Forced convection heat sink.
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