Understanding Natural And Forced Cooling

Alte Industriehalle im Ruhrgebiet, kurz vor dem AbrissThermal management solutions such as heat sinks, cold plates, and more all aim to achieve the same task: preventing your sensitive electronics from overheating. Indeed, regardless of the intricacies and parameters your equipment contains, overheating is always going to be a concern that must be addressed. What’s more? Taking the time to garner a thorough understanding of the unique needs that accompany your devices will aid you greatly in not only managing application cooling but helping you get the most from your devices as well. In today’s blog, the team at Noren Thermal Solutions in Taylor, TX takes a look at two means of accomplishing this task known as natural and forced convection, and how either process can help you.

Heat Transfer Through Convection

When considering upping your game in respect to thermal management, you first need a baseline understanding of the main concepts. Indeed, waste heat spreading, movement, and dissipation can be accomplished through either conduction, convection, or radiation.

By taking an even deeper look into convection itself, we see that it refers to the transfer of heat from a solid to a fluid. What’s more? This can be accomplished through either passive cooling (natural convection) or active cooling (forced convection). The former occurs when fluid motion is the result of buoyancy forces that are caused by density variations and variations in temperature, whereas the latter occurs when fluid is forced over the surface of some external source to create an artificially induced current.

Which method will work best for you is highly dependent on a number of parameters, including environment, location, purpose, allotted space, and more. For more information about this process, reach out to a representative of our team today.

Ambient and Below Ambient Units

Another variant of forced or natural cooling includes Noren’s Ambient and Below Ambient heat exchangers. While an ambient cooling unit utilizes the cooler, outside air to help prevent overheating in electrical panels, below-ambient heat exchangers use forced cooling to decrease the temperature within an enclosure to below the outside ambient air temperature.

It goes without saying that your needs will influence the best solution for you tremendously, as some solutions will only assist in a sub-optimal manner. For instance, an ambient cooling technique would not be near as effective as an ambient method in environments with extremes in high temperatures.

Addressing Your Unique Parameters

At the end of the day, your needs and parameters are the most important factors to consider, as they help determine what thermal management solutions will work best for you. Indeed, we take pride in the ability to work closely with you to find the ideal heat exchanger, and we are ready to help when you need it.

Learn More Today

Contact Noren Thermal Solutions in Taylor, TX by calling 512-595-5700 to speak to a member of our team and get started on your solution today.