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Actively controlling coolant-cooled cold plate configuration

United States Patent

July 28, 2015
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A method is provided to facilitate active control of thermal and fluid dynamic performance of a coolant-cooled cold plate. The method includes: monitoring a variable associated with at least one of the coolant-cooled cold plate or one or more electronic components being cooled by the cold plate; and dynamically varying, based on the monitored variable, a physical configuration of the cold plate. By dynamically varying the physical configuration, the thermal and fluid dynamic performance of the cold plate are adjusted to, for example, optimally cool the one or more electronic components, and at the same time, reduce cooling power consumption used in cooling the electronic component(s). The physical configuration can be adjusted by providing one or more adjustable plates within the coolant-cooled cold plate, the positioning of which may be adjusted based on the monitored variable.
Chainer; Timothy J. (Putnam Valley, NY), Parida; Pritish R. (Fishkill, NY)
13/ 587,131
August 16, 2012
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-EE0002894, awarded by the Department of Energy (DOE). Accordingly, the U.S. Government has certain rights in the invention.