New Aavid kits let designers evaluate use of heat pipes for cooling high-power electronics circuits

Heat pipes efficiently carry heat from a hot spot such as an IGBT or high-power processor to a heat sink or other cooling device. They are ideal for use in applications with high power density, little space or a limited airflow.

Now new heat pipe Discovery kits from Aavid enable easy evaluation of heat pipes in thermal designs. Learn more and apply for FREE kits.

High density power loads, enclosed or limited space, weight restrictions or limited airflow? Aavid Thermalloy has the solution!

Over the past decade Aavid Thermalloy has pioneered heat pipe technology and its application, developing a high quality manufacturing process to ensure long life and reliability in its heat pipes.

Heat pipes have many advantages and applications in thermal management. The availability of a wide choice of heat pipes, sizes and power-handling capabilities makes them suitable for integration in heat sinks for devices ranging from 50W processors to multi-kilowatt IGBTs.

Heat pipes are excellent thermal energy transporters which use an evaporator and condenser in place of a solid conductor. While they do not dissipate heat themselves, heat pipes quickly move heat from one area of the heat pipe to another, especially when embedded in a base plate.

They can quickly move heat away from temperature-sensitive devices to a place from which heat can be dissipated. Heat pipes can also be used to increase a heat sink’s fin efficiency by moving heat directly to the cooler top portion of fins. Many types of application can benefit from heat pipes, from UPS to telecommunications to motor drives and controls to transportation to servers and computers.

As well as extending the thermal range of both natural- and forced-convection cooling, heat pipes reduce overall cost and weight without increasing the volume in a base plate, and have no moving parts. Small-diameter heat pipe assemblies provide greater thermal efficiency, while large-diameter heat pipe assemblies transfer greater power loads. Aavid has also developed the Hi-Contact™ heat pipe embedding process, which improves thermal transfer.

Aavid’s heat pipe Exploration or Discovery kits give designers a feel for the way that heat pipes work and for their thermal performance. The kit’s heat pipes may easily be bent to shape, and enable users to quickly implement a prototype thermal design.

Now Aavid is making heat pipe kits available free, exclusively to readers of New Electronics. Apply today!