Transient thermal management of a handset using phase change material (PCM).

The power density of portable electronic devices continues to increase because packaging advances reduce their size even as features are added and enhanced. Designing thermal management systems to accommodate steady-state conditions as opposed to fixed duty cycles can substantially increase cost, size, and weight. The feasibility of transient thermal management of handsets using phase change materials (PCMs) was experimentally investigated using an ABS handset mock-up. At selected intervals of time, the nonuniform case temperature of the handset was measured using an infrared (IR) camera, while thermocouples measured the temperatures of the PCM and simulated power amplifier (heater). Transient and steady-state heat transfer rates by natural convective and radiation from the handset to the environment were numerically computed from the temperature data in the thermal images. The effects of PCM material, power supplied to the handset, and handset orientation on the time required for the handset case to reach a given (maximum) temperature and 'recovery' time were examined.

Main Author: Hodes, Marc.
Other Authors: Weinstein, Randy., Pence, Stephen., Piccini, Jason., Manzione, Lou., Chen, Calvin.
Language: English
Published: 2002
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