Temperature control of electric components and compartments.
Although it is called "cooling", it also often requires heating, especially when ambient conditions include low temperatures. The analysis of the Thermal Management problem must enclose answers to the following questions:
- What is the number of electrical consumers in the component/compartment?
- What is the thermal load of each of these electrical consumer?
- What is the operation temperature range of these electrical consumers?
- What are the geometry, material and location of these electrical consumers?
Based on this information the following questions can be answered:
- What are the major and minor electrical consumers regarding the thermal load?
- What are the more or less sensitive electrical consumers regarding the load?
- Is it possible to solve the problem by upgrading one or several components to higher operational temperatures?
- Is it possible to solve the problem by upgrading one or several components to reduced electrical loss/waste heat?
- Is it possible to solve the problem by cooling/heating the electrical consumer(s) with the highest/lowest thermal load?
- Is it possible to solve the problem by cooling/heating the electrical consumer(s)with the lowest/highest operational temperature?
- Is it necessary to cool down/heat up the complete component/compartment to keep all electrical consumers in the required operational temperature range?
This step-by-step procedure ensures that a temperature control solution for electrical components or compartments is as efficient and effective as possible.