MTEC Undergrad Adrian Ruiz won first place at the Purdue Undergraduate Research Conference for his poster on Passive Thermal Management using Phase Change Materials
Adrian Ruiz, who has worked in the MTEC lab for several semesters through the Semiconductor Research Corporation Fellowship program, presented his work at the Purdue Undergraduate Research Conference on April 10. His poster presentation took first place for the College of Engineering. Congratulations Adrian!
Cooling of cell phones and other hand-held electronics is of great importance due to the increasing power density of mobile processors in recent years. This investigation studies not only the properties of favorable phase change materials (PCMs), but also the packaging of the PCMs in order to be an effective passive thermal management technique. Various PCMs, all with differing melting points and latent heats, are investigated in this work, along with multiple enclosures designs. This study seeks to optimize the PCM-based passive thermal management systems to maintain a safe operating temperature in cell phone processors.