Temperature impacts a system’s performance. Desert heat can cause as much trouble for a flight vehicle’s systems as the arctic cold, so both need to be addressed. And maintaining optimal conditions in buildings leads to a balancing act between human comfort, energy consumption and cost. The tie that binds these thermal management challenges together, however, is our researchers’ work to ensure reliable, effective system performance in any setting. Thermal management is prevalent across UTC’s products, and the degree to which heat is managed can be the difference between a product that may simply sell and one that succeeds. UTRC is dedicated to addressing and improving the thermal performance of both existing and emerging technologies, through exploration of more efficient heat exchangers, refrigerants and thermal cycles.
Modular Air-Cooled Exchanger (MACE): In developing this advanced cooling system for electronics, which embeds a cooling fan into aerodynamically optimized cooling fins mounted onto the hot surface of an electronic system, the MACE team surpassed program targets defined by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), leading to a DARPA-funded program for UTRC and UTC Aerospace Systems.