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Roll-bond Condenser In A Two-phase Thermosyphon Loop For Power Electronics Cooling

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/HT120181

Volume

75

Pages

13

Page Range

207 - 219

Published

2012

Size

1,421 kb

Author(s)

F. Agostini & T. Gradinger

Abstract

In this paper a thermosyphon design for power electronics cooling is presented and supported by an extensive experimental campaign. The work tackles the problem of finding a suitable substitute of common air cooled heat sinks towards a highly thermally performing device overcoming the bottleneck of limited fin efficiency and proposing a device with reduced air pressure drop. The basic thermal circuit is based on a two-phase thermosyphon system. The evaporator channels are such that the so-called bubble-pumping effect is present, facilitating the natural movement of the fluid in the device. The degree of novelty is introduced by the usage of a condenser made of roll-bonded panels. A common double-sided evaporator body collects the heat generated by two power modules. The employed fluid is refrigerant R245fa. The paper presents the thermal performance of the described two-phase cooler in a forced convection regime (air side). The experimental campaign covers total power losses ranging from 1 to 4 kW and different air mass flow rates. The paper presents and demonstrates an attractive cooling solution for power electronics modules based on a two-phase cooler. Keywords: electronics, cooling, thermosyphon, two-phase, condenser, forced convection, roll-bond. 1 Introduction Research toward efficient cooling systems of power electronics devices represent a challenge and an important target in many electronic applications. In this direction pumpless two-phase cooling devices, so-called thermosyphons, represent an important benefit for the thermal management.

Keywords

electronics, cooling, thermosyphon, two-phase, condenser, forced convection, roll-bond.