We know that personal computers can slow down, or worse, completely shut down owing to overheating. Not any more. Also Read - Samsung Smart Monitor M5, Smart Monitor M7 launched in India: Here's what's special about them
Researchers have now developed liquids containing nanoparticles that can help devices stay cool and keep them running. “Consumers demand a lot out of their gadgets. But that puts a huge strain on the tiny parts that whir away inside desktops and mainframe computers, which do the major data crunching for us. The result is overheating,” said Rahman Saidur, professor of mechanical engineering at University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Also Read - Top 5 Indian OTT streaming services: Zee5, SonyLIV and more
Recent research has shown that substances called nanofluids have the potential to help keep electronics cool. Saidur and team used a microchannel heat sink to simulate the warm environment of working electronic systems. They analysed three nanofluids for the traits that are important in an effective coolant. Also Read - Facebook's ad delivery system shows gender bias: Study
These include how well they transfer heat, how much energy they lose, the friction they cause and their pumping power. “All three performed better than water as coolants with the nanofluid mixture of copper oxide and water topping them all,” Saidur said. The research was published in the journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research.