With increasing performance demands, companies are investing in R&D to advance liquid cooling for HPC and data center applications. Subsequently, an expanding array of innovative approaches and new materials are now available and thermal engineers can address needs in liquid cooling using different system types and materials. High-performance performance polymers represent one such example.
The challenges with many previous polymers were their abilities to handle high temperatures and physical stressors without deforming, cracking or creeping. PPSU is comprised of phenylene-based aromatic rings linked by sulfone (SO2) and ether moieties. This unique chemistry promotes enhanced performance characteristics that are particularly well suited for the demands of liquid cooling applications. Read about the 10 characteristics of PPSU and its relevance for liquid cooling components within liquid cooling systems, including critical quick disconnects.
Polymer components in liquid cooling systems are attractive for several reasons:
* they are lightweight,
* they are typically less expensive than metal counterparts, and
* they are impervious to corrosion that can render parts inoperable or introduce debris into flow paths