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Thermoelectric-enhanced, liquid-based cooling of a multi-component electronic system

United States Patent

November 10, 2015
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Methods are provided for facilitating cooling of an electronic component. The methods include providing: a liquid-cooled structure, a thermal conduction path coupling the electronic component and the liquid-cooled structure, a coolant loop in fluid communication with a coolant-carrying channel of the liquid-cooled structure, and an outdoor-air-cooled heat exchange unit coupled to facilitate heat transfer from the liquid-cooled structure via, at least in part, the coolant loop. The thermoelectric array facilitates transfer of heat from the electronic component to the liquid-cooled structure, and the heat exchange unit cools coolant passing through the coolant loop by dissipating heat from the coolant to outdoor ambient air. In one implementation, temperature of coolant entering the liquid-cooled structure is greater than temperature of the outdoor ambient air to which heat is dissipated.
Chainer; Timothy J. (Putnam Valley, NY), Graybill; David P. (Staatsburg, NY), Iyengar; Madhusudan K. (Foster City, CA), Kamath; Vinod (Raleigh, NC), Kochuparambil; Bejoy J. (Apex, NC), Schmidt; Roger R. (Pougkeepsie, NY), Steinke; Mark E. (Durham, NC)
14/ 564,250
December 9, 2014
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-EE0002894, awarded by the Department of Energy. Accordingly, the U.S. Government has certain rights in the invention.