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New Zealand Scientists Use 3D Printing To Develop High Performance Heat Exchangers
Jan 10, 2018

Two researchers at the university of Canterbury in New Zealand have been using 3 d printing technology to develop high performance heat exchanger, which may affect the electronic equipment, vehicles, such as design, production and efficiency.The duo of professor Conan Fee and Dr Tim Huber recently won awards for their innovative research and was awarded part of the annual Tech Jumpstart competition at the university of Canterbury.The competition will award up to $20,000 in six months to five prestigious research projects with commercial potential.

 

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                                                           Resheachers Dr.Tim Huber and Prof. Conan Fee


Heat exchangers developed by the research team are reported to have the advantages of customizable and adaptive and therefore open up new possibilities in almost all applications using heat exchangers.If you are familiar with basic knowledge of electronics, will know, heat exchanger is an important part of many electronic products, from cars to laptop computers, and air conditioning equipment, so the improvement of design and production will produce a wide range of influence.

In short, New Zealand researchers have proposed a method for 3D printing heat exchangers, which can be smaller than existing systems and can be customized according to the shape.That flexibility, they say, could mean getting lighter, cheaper and more efficient electronic devices.

In addition, the researchers say their 3D printing heat exchangers could allow smaller electronics and heating systems, more fuel-efficient vehicles and better ventilation laptops.(if you get used to the crazy call of a laptop after a few hours, this could be a particularly attractive benefit.)

 

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Canterbury University design institute (University of Canterbury) product design, dean of the school of fee, said: "this project will promote the development of some promising technology, these technologies are expected to improve the efficiency of heating or cooling equipment.This includes smaller, lighter devices for electronics, competitive advantages for racing cars, lighter aerospace vehicles, and smaller, more attractive heat pumps in homes.

He added: "the development of 3D printing technology in new applications is exponential, creating huge opportunities for new designs that were previously impossible."Our 3 d printing porous heat exchanger is an example of the traditional technology can't do, but has now become possible, expanded our thinking in New Zealand and potential increasing innovation."

The 3D printing heat exchanger project is realized through the cooperation of various departments of New Zealand university, which brings together the fields of chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry, physics and mathematics.The researchers won additional funding for the award, saying they would further develop the project and improve the use of 3D printing by making stainless steel and titanium heat exchangers.