Indiana Firm Developing Technology to Keep High-Tech Tools Cool

<strong>West Lafayette, Ind. &mdash; Dec. 4</strong><br />A small development firm focused on creating cooling technologies for applications ranging from the space shuttle to nuclear reactors is looking to unlock the power of new consumer technologies.<br /><br />Mudawar Thermal Systems announced that the U.S. Navy awarded the company a grant for up to $1.5 million to create a new software system to accelerate the development of the firm&#39;s electronics cooling systems that remove &ldquo;performance-robbing&rdquo; heat from electronics in devices such as avionics, X-ray machines and hybrid vehicle propulsion systems.<br /><br />"Mudawar Thermal Systems is developing innovations on the front edge of technology that hold great promise for multiple applications and the Hoosier economy," said Indiana&#39;s governor, Mitch Daniels.<br /><br />Since Purdue University professor Issam Mudawar founded the firm in 1992 in the Purdue Research Park, the three-person company has developed applications aiming to quickly remove heat from high performance lasers, avionics in military aircraft and components in hydrogen fuel cells. Each project required Mudawar and his associates to spend years modifying existing design tools and software to develop the complex systems of pumps, fans and heat-eradicating coatings.<br /><br />"There is no efficient tool today to develop thermal design solutions needed to bring technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells and others to the mass market," Mudawar said. "This grant will enable us to create a software platform that will allow us to make design decisions in minutes instead of years."<br /><br />The firm said accelerating the development timeline of thermal engineering solutions…



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