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Mechanically-reattachable liquid-cooled cooling apparatus

United States Patent

September 24, 2013
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An apparatus comprising a rack having a row of shelves, each shelf supporting an electronics circuit board, each one of the circuit boards being manually removable from the shelve supporting the one of the circuit boards and having a local heat source thereon. The apparatus also comprises a cooler attached to the rack and being able to circulate a cooling fluid around a channel forming a closed loop. The apparatus further comprises a plurality of heat conduits, each heat conduit being located over a corresponding one of the circuit boards and forming a path to transport heat from the local heat source of the corresponding one of the circuit boards to the cooler. Each heat conduit is configured to be manually detachable from the cooler or the circuit board, without breaking a circulation pathway of the fluid through the cooler.
Arney; Susanne (Highland Park, NJ), Cheng; Jen-Hau (New Providence, NJ), Kolodner; Paul R. (Hoboken, NJ), Kota-Venkata; Krishna-Murty (Springfield, NJ), Scofield; William (Batavia, IL), Salamon; Todd R. (New Providence, NJ), Simon; Maria E. (New Providence, NJ)
Alcatel Lucent (Paris, FR)
13/ 101,509
May 5, 2011
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT The U.S. Government has a paid-up license to the subject matter of this application and the right in limited circumstances to require the patent owner to license others on reasonable terms as provided for by the terms of Grant No. DE-EE0002895 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy.