Thermal control elements and integrated thermal circuits

date: 24.12.2020

category: Sporočila za javnost


Have you ever wondered if there are thermal analogs to electronic elements and circuits to design nano-, micro-, or even macroscopic thermal systems? What would this entail? What elements would you need? In what applications could such elements be used? The first thought naturally goes to thermal conduits and graphene, which is very interesting today. But what about the rest?

Researchers from the Laboratory for Refrigeration and District Energy of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Ljubljana, conceived ideas in this field about 10 years ago, and in the last 3 to 5 years they have been implementing the original ones and, of course, new breakthrough ideas. Accordingly, they have connected with the best institutions in the world. Top experts from the most prestigious universities in the world refer to the field of thermal control elements and devices as a renaissance of heat transfer and thermal sciences.

At the invitation of the journal Advanced Electronic Materials (IF = 6.593), researchers from the Laboratory for Refrigeration and District Energy of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering UL, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Twente and Stanford University, have published two comprehensive review articles in the field of thermal control elements. Review articles describe previous research, findings and achievements of thermal control elements based on the principles of condensed matter physics, microfluidics and micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS). The review article includes a critical discussion of current developments, a practical comparison of thermal control elements from the literature, while providing guidelines for further development and use of thermal control elements.

Open access review articles are freely available at the following links:
- Fluidic and Mechanical Thermal Control Devices
- Solid-State Thermal Control Devices 


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