Temperature Control Technologies

Control heat flow, dissipate heat safely, and protect systems

Temperature Control

Temperature control in the form of thermal management, heat control, shielding and insulation are critical to reliable and effective product design. Manufacturers consistently push the performance of electronics and high energy devices, which all need some level of heat transfer or insulation for safe, long term operation.

Boyd Corporation has decades of experience resolving and innovating new solutions for effective heat transfer or shielding for a broad range of industries and applications. As we’ve grown our technologies, we’re able to help you select the right thermal management solution whether you need to conduct, convect, radiate, insulate, shield or integrate multiple methods of temperature control for advanced applications that require sophisticated and multi-faceted solutions.

Our technologies enable us to manage heat in a variety of ways to help meet a broad range of application requirements. The tools in our thermal toolbox enable us to:

  • Spread heat across a surface to mitigate high heat densities
  • Transport and convect heat in order to dissipate heat safely and effectively
  • Refrigerate systems for ambient and sub ambient cooling with tight temperature control
  • Insulate and shield heat to protect sensitive components from excessive heat, or trap heat in to maintain adequate temperatures for performance

In this section, learn more about different methods of temperature control and how Boyd implements these different technologies and techniques to manage the heat in our customer’s systems.

Heat Spreading

With electronic devices and high performance products processing more in smaller volumes, we use heat spreading to manage high heat density sources. By enabling heat to access more surface area of a heat sink, chassis, or enclosure, heat spreading helps keep localized temperatures within device operating limits, maintains functionality and prolongs product lifetimes.

Boyd has several methods for effective heat spreading, including rapid heat transfer with two phase components like vapor chambers and heat pipes or high conductivity graphite. Our expertise in these technologies enables us to embed these heat spreading methods into your solution to enhance the performance of your thermal management solution.

Learn more about how these heat spreading technologies work. Compare performance levels of various heat spreading methodologies to aid in selecting the right technology for your application by viewing resources in the category tabs above:

Heat Transport, Convection, & Dissipation

As heat cannot be destroyed, we can only transport and dissipate it safely away from users and heat-sensitive components. Devices have only gotten more powerful and depend on reliable thermal management to maintain long product lifetimes and safe operation.

Boyd employs a variety of technologies to transfer heat, even over large distances. Two phase technologies like heat pipes are ideal for quickly transferring heat from one area to another, with loop heat pipes extending up to 75 feet from the heat source. We can also use solid conduction technologies like thermal straps, thermal interface materials, or busses to conduct heat through materials. Thermosiphon technologies enable us to transport heat with the aid of gravity, helping us remove heat with the natural buoyancy of fluids.

Diverting air or liquids through a system are common methods for convecting heat out of a system. Our broad array of air cooling solutions like heat sinks, fans, and blowers and liquid cooling solutions like liquid cold plates, heat exchangers, pumps, and liquid cooling systems are common solutions to remove heat from simple to complex solutions. Each of these systems maximize heat transfer, typically through balancing flow rate, pressure drop, and surface area to produce optimized solutions geared towards their specific end application.

Learn more about passive air cooling, active air cooling, passive liquid cooling, active liquid cooling, and radiation. See examples of how Boyd implements these techniques to transfer and dissipate heat in the category tabs above.

Refrigeration & System Control

Compression refrigeration cycles enable us to cool below ambient temperatures, which can be critical for temperature-sensitive processes and materials.

Maintaining constant system temperatures requires tight control and feedback systems with sensors, electronic control units, and variable pumps, valves, and fans. Our engineers incorporate intelligence into these systems with active systems that react to changing environmental conditions.

Learn more about how sub-ambient cooling works, how to build complex liquid loops, system control options, and other methods Boyd uses for refrigeration systems by clicking the category tabs above.

Heat Shielding & Insulation

Heat insulation and shielding are just as important to temperature control and thermal management as heat transfer is. Keeping heat away from temperature-sensitive systems and consumer environments is critical to product performance and functionality.

Many electronic systems, especially those that rely on batteries, cannot function in extreme cold or heat. Insulating batteries against the cold to keep system temperatures higher than ambient enable these systems to function in low temperature environments. Shielding these systems from extreme heat helps prevent battery damage, extend its life and assure trusted operation.

Commercial aircraft operates at an altitude where temperature is not optimal for passengers. Effective insulation assures aircraft cabins remain comfortable on long flights.

In automotive, commercial vehicle and heavy equipment operations, a significant amount of heat is generated by engines. In most instances, engine compartments are located very close to the passenger compartment, making heat shielding an important application to design between the engine and passenger compartments.

As consumers expect more rugged products, society pushes the boundary of where and how people are transported, and devices and assemblies are used in widely varying environments, heat shielding and thermal insulation have become more critical to consumer comfort and safety.

Read more about the different materials and techniques Boyd uses to prevent heat transfer in order to protect systems from excessive heat exposure in the category tabs above.

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