Indiana Firm Developing Technology to Keep High-Tech Tools Cool
BackBy —<strong>West Lafayette, Ind. — Dec. 4</strong><br />A small development firm focused on creating cooling technologies for applications ranging from the space shuttle to nuclear reactors is looking to unlock the power of new consumer technologies.<br /><br />Mudawar Thermal Systems announced that the U.S. Navy awarded the company a grant for up to $1.5 million to create a new software system to accelerate the development of the firm's electronics cooling systems that remove “performance-robbing” heat from electronics in devices such as avionics, X-ray machines and hybrid vehicle propulsion systems.<br /><br />"Mudawar Thermal Systems is developing innovations on the front edge of technology that hold great promise for multiple applications and the Hoosier economy," said Indiana's governor, Mitch Daniels.<br /><br />Since Purdue University professor Issam Mudawar founded the firm in 1992 in the Purdue Research Park, the three-person company has developed applications aiming to quickly remove heat from high performance lasers, avionics in military aircraft and components in hydrogen fuel cells. Each project required Mudawar and his associates to spend years modifying existing design tools and software to develop the complex systems of pumps, fans and heat-eradicating coatings.<br /><br />"There is no efficient tool today to develop thermal design solutions needed to bring technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells and others to the mass market," Mudawar said. "This grant will enable us to create a software platform that will allow us to make design decisions in minutes instead of years."<br /><br />The firm said accelerating the development timeline of thermal engineering solutions holds promise for both military and consumer applications that continue to pack more computing power into smaller and smaller packages.<br /><br />"The overheating of electronic equipment can cause critical malfunctions with computers and other devices," said Joseph Hornett, senior vice president, treasurer and chief operating officer of the Purdue Research Foundation, which manages the Purdue Research Park. "Issam's technology promises to help cool advanced radar, propulsion systems and lasers for military use; and may help cool future electronic devices such as personal computers, air conditioners and household refrigeration systems."<br /><br />The company has begun initial development work on the new software platform and expects to complete the project in the next three years.<br />
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