Published on December 18th, 2012 | by Joshua S Hill3
Jet Engine Technology Will Cool Your Tablet
“It’s like a pair of lungs, it contracts and expands,” says Peter deBock, lead thermal systems engineer at GE Global Research.
Coming in at just three millimetres thick, the “dual piezoelectric cooling jets” utilize jet engine technology that is normally used to improve air flow through jet engine compressors, instead now making a new generation of consumer electronics thinner, quieter, and more powerful.
Heat is always an issue with computers of any size, and the more high-tech the innards are, the more heat they’re producing, which requires more and more cooling. More cooling often ends up being large and bulky, definitely not what you want sticking out of the back pocket of your jeans.
By using the particular electronics they are using in their new cooling device, the scientists at GE’s global research labs have been able to make a cooling device that does the job of something normally twice it’s size.
“We had a lot of space left over,” deBock says of the fan they placed inside one of their laptops. “It can make the laptop thinner or allow adding more electronics.”
Best of all, this technology is not just relegated to powering your next iPhone. “There are different tricks that you can do and make it smaller or larger,” deBock says. “The concept can be scaled to whatever the needs of the application are.”
Source: GE Reports