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[DPRG] Re: [TCRG] More power dissipation thoughts.

Subject: [DPRG] Re: [TCRG] More power dissipation thoughts.
From: Rodent daweasel at swbell.net
Date: Wed Oct 10 10:23:44 CDT 2001

AST used these heat pipes on their first Pentium laptops. Not real good --
had lots of processor failures.

They used to sell a deal on TV for cooking turkeys / roasts that worked the
same way. A probe with a large knob was inserted in the meat and heat
applied to the knob was transferred into the meat via some sort of fluid
within the probe.

----- Original Message -----

>       I remember years ago, (15-20), very high power audio amplifiers
> having sealed heat exchangers attached to the heatsinks and routed to the
> back panel. Possible they were called heat pipes. These were hollow copper
> tubes of different sizes with venturis and a coolant liquid of some kind.
> I believe they worked similar to a gas refrigerator on an RV. These
> refrigerators are sealed systems with no moving parts and they use a small
> gas flame or a nichrome heat coil to heat the ammonia "refrigerant" and
> cause it to move through the system. Through a system of venturis, the
> ammonia expands and contracts transferring heat away from the inside of
> refrigerator. They work extremely well and actually get colder than
> "conventional " home refrigerators.
> If you could find some of the older amplifiers that had their heat pipes
> place, it might be an alternate method to cool your project. I know
> Technics was one of the companies that used them.
> >Hmmm, that seems to be a pretty intense sink. Using "natural convection"
> >on the Wakefield chart that means the sink needs a volume of
> >800 cu in. That would be a 29" x 29" heat sink with 1" tall fins. With a
> >500'/minute fan blowing on it that drops down to 150 cu inch or a 12"
> >square sink. Perhaps I should contact Pratt & Whitney for my fans :-)
> >
> >What I don't know is how much water can help this. If I let the working
> >temperature soar to 100 dC on the sink then it helps a bit.

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