New Zealand academics have come up with original technology to create high-performance heat exchangers, which could have a big impact in design and efficiency.
The two University of Canterbury academics are using 3D-printing technology which allows the cooling process to happen faster in small devices like electronics.
The academics behind the technology, Professor Conan Fee and Dr Tim Huber, say it will offer new possibilities for motorsport, air conditioning and laptop processors where cooling can take place faster in radical new shapes which will also see reductions in weight.
The saving of space and weight will allow for smaller electronic devices, faster and more fuel-efficient vehicles, smaller footprints for home heating or cooling, and prevent laptops from overheating while placed on your lap.
"This will facilitate the development of some promising technology that is expected to improve the efficiency of devices meant for heating or cooling," Prof Fee said.
The academic pair recently won one of five prizes in the university's annual tech jumpstart competition, which awards $20,000 over six months to take innovative research towards commercial reality.
The award will enable them to use a 3D printer to manufacture the designed structures from stainless steel or titanium.