Heat Sinks can be used on their own with appropriate interface material and mounting for a completely passive solution cooled through natural convection to the ambient air. However, more advanced systems utilize heat sinks engineered for forced convection cooling with use of a fan or blower for more powerful cooling of higher heat loads.
Heat sinks come in a variety of constructions and choosing the correct geometry is dependent on application parameters such as air flow, flow type, environmental conditions, and available volume.
Fans and Blowers greatly improve the performance of air cooled thermal management solutions. By adding increased air flow to forced convection heat sinks, engineers can cool a much higher heat load within a similar footprint.
Boyd has hundreds of standard fan options including preassembled fan heat sink combinations. Fans and blowers are easily paired with existing or custom heat sinks to improve the effectiveness of the thermal management solution.
Our engineering team has access to a broad range of in-house construction methods for heat exchangers including folded fin fabrication, zipper fin production, nickel plating, heat pipe manufacturing, vacuum brazing, dip brazing, soldering, and welding.
While our design team is skilled in designing new Air to Air Heat Exchangers, our engineers can also replicate original equipment for aftermarket heat exchanger core replacements. Replacing the original heat exchanger core utilizing our re-core process can extend the lifetime of your system and greatly reduce maintenance costs.
The additional surface area improves heat transfer from the chassis to the ambient air, which can be designed for natural convection or benefit from the addition of a fan or blower.
Popular fabrication methods include aluminum die casting, sheet metal bending, welding, dip brazing, and vacuum brazing as well as integrating two phase or graphite heat spreading technologies such as heat pipes and k-Core encapsulated graphite.
Fans & Blowers
Air to Air Heat Exchangers
Air Cooled Chassis & Enclosures
Air cooled thermal management solutions are the most common cooling method. They are cost effective and can be a relatively straightforward to install and maintain to extend a device’s lifetime and performance. As the most well-known and widespread manner of cooling, air cooled systems can be found across all industries and in a large percentage of electronics.
Air cooled solutions range from natural convection heat sinks to advanced air flow management systems utilizing custom fans and blowers or even synthetic jet technology. These solutions can be further augmented by incorporating two phase technologies such as heat pipes or vapor chambers for better heat spreading across the passive or forced convection heat sink base.
Boyd Corporation has both design and manufacturing expertise across all heat sink technologies from basic aluminum extrusions to complicated zipper fin or die cast geometries. This experience combined with our engineers’ in-depth knowledge of air moving technologies and air flow management ensures that our air-cooled systems are fully optimized and efficiently fabricated for optimized product performance, lifetime, and reliability.
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