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Conflux Cartridge, 3D printed heat exchanger

By Conflux Technology

A compact, cartridge heat exchanger delivering serviceability and the benefits of an additive manufactured core

Industry: Machining & Tooling Technology: Powder Bed Fusion Material: Aluminum (AlSi10Mg) Machine: Industrial DMLS machines
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Conflux Cartridge, 3D printed heat exchanger

A compact, cartridge heat exchanger delivering serviceability and the benefits of an additive manufactured core



                        

Description

Conflux Technology, an innovative thermal technology company, has pioneered a groundbreaking heat exchanger. They have integrated a 3D-printed core into conventionally manufactured casings, leveraging their extensive expertise in thermal solutions. This innovative heat exchanger, named the Conflux Cartridge, boasts a versatile design that can be quickly configured, catering to various industries such as automotive, electric vehicles, defence, aerospace, industrial, and energy. The ability to strike a perfect balance between thermal and hydraulic performance, coupled with cost-effective scalability, makes it an ideal choice for compact energy systems. Additionally, serial production of the cartridge heat exchanger using industrial powder bed fusion (PBF) machines keeps costs significantly lower than traditional manufacturing methods. A distinguishing feature of the Conflux heat exchanger is its patented complex additive manufactured core, surpassing competitors by offering reduced pressure drop and enhanced heat transfer. The intricacies achievable through 3D printing, including small-scale structures and internal geometries, enable precise control of surface area ratios for optimal heat transfer, turbulence management, and pressure drop. Furthermore, the structural elements of the cartridge serve as active surfaces, minimising dead space and enhancing performance per unit volume. The company utilises aluminium (AlSi10Mg) as the printing material due to its low density and excellent thermal conductivity. They have developed efficient printing strategies that allow multiple cartridges to be produced on a single plate, resulting in significant reductions in production time compared to traditional manufacturing processes.

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