High Efficiency cooling system for Power Electronics using Thin Structures manufactured with Additive Manufacturing

The idea behind the project concerns the study and feasibility analysis of the realisation of cooling systems for power electronics by means of plates made using the Additive Manufacturing technique. The development of the project will include the finite element simulation of the cooling systems designed to assess the thermal, fluid-dynamic and mechanical performance of the structures and a comparison of different construction layouts. A cooling system will be studied that, using these plates, can allow optimal cooling of the entire converter. AM demonstrators of the designed structures will then be built, and a prototype converter will be constructed to demonstrate that the assumptions made during the study phase are actually achieved. An important part of the project will be the electrical, thermal and mechanical characterisations that will be performed on the converter prototype in an operational environment to validate the entire solution.

  • Provision of services, Pilot Line and infrastructure
    The project will make use of BI-REX technologies and services, in particular with regard to the use of the Pilot Line. BI-REX will provide expertise, equipment and facilities related to the Additive Manufacturing area of the Line in order to: realise several demonstrators with different layouts; propose and realise specific treatments on the demonstrators.
  • Sharing, use, dissemination of product material and know-how
    Sharing the vision and values underlying BI-REX, the partnership envisaged an activity aimed at the production of material to be shared (possible articles, presentations, reports), with a view to dissemination and diffusion of know-how. The contents, agreed upon by all the project partners, will be configured as material to be used for training interventions carried out by BI-REX and can be used for dissemination activities.
  • Poseico SPA (Coordinatore)
  • D.V.P. Vacuum Technology SpA

Call: Call 3

Area: Additive and Advanced Manufacturing

Sub Area: Cooling systems to improve the efficiency energy efficiency of power electronic converters

Implementation period: Agosto 2021 – Febbraio 2023