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Help with a Fractal based Computer radiator

  1. Jul 3, 2011 #1
    Now pardon me but my math isn't quite as good as it should be, But i've read a fair amount of mandelbrots material and the premise behind his theories as best as i can.

    The other week while looking at a liquid cooling radiator for my computer, i had the odd idea of instead of a single tube with a S pattern through it for cooling.

    Why couldn't you use math (like fractals) to create a hell of a lot more complex internal shape that creates the most surface area in a given space.

    I've been having this discussion on a computer forum, but it seems those people don't quite understand what fractal geometry is or the basic premise behind it and my design.

    If you could take a look at my thread and read through it (don't need to register or anything like that)


    Would something like that indeed be a feasible option (science wise) and could such a thing be more thermally efficient then the traditional radiator.

    By the way prepare yourself for the horror that is my mathmatics. (I'm sure i got the majority of the math wrong, but i'm usually pretty close to what the actual number should be)


    Oh for the non super computer nerds out there.

    VGA = Video graphics accelrator or the "video card"
    CPU= Central processer.
    PSU= Power Supply Unit.
    RAM = Random Addressable Module. (getting quite hot these days as some operate at over 1.3Ghz themselves now)
    chipset is the "guy behind the scenes" pulling the levers to make the different components talk to each other and things such as that. they often operate at or above 2.0Ghz these days.
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2011
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  3. Jul 4, 2011 #2


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    I think I see what you're saying. I'm guessing its similar to how the alveoli are very small to allow a large surface area for oxgen exchange. Or how the villi make the intestinal wall incredibly convoluted so that there is a much larger surface area.
    I guess the most obvious reason this kind of principle hasn't been used in computer cooling systems is because it would be very tricky to make.
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