The project aims to develop novel mathematical tools to aid the design of innovative thermal management devices for use in multiple ground and space-based applications including everything from electric vehicles to satellites.
Speaking about the grant, project lead Professor Marco Marengo said: “Our project can best be summed up as “better cooling for powerful electronics”. The worldwide market for heat exchangers and thermal management systems is very important and fast-growing driven by such things as the development of heat recovery systems, fuel cells and batteries for electric vehicles.
“But the cost and difficulty in designing new systems is high. This is particularly true of applications used in space, where thermal management can represent up to 15 percent of the cost of a satellite.