Topology optimization for a cooling system

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I recently started my graduation assignment at Prodrive Technologies, in which I will apply topology optimization to a cooling system of one of the custom power electronic systems that Prodrive Technologies is developing. Topology optimization is a tool that computes the optimal material distribution within a fixed domain, given a certain goal (i.e. to maximize stiffness for a given weight). I have applied topology optimization before, when I was part of the Formula Student Team Delft. I liked the method a lot, because it can be used as a good inspirational tool for your designs, but it can also be extended so that it is possible to directly generate designs that can be manufactured (using Additive Manufacturing). When my current mentor at Prodrive Technologies told me that he looked for an intern to optimize the cooling performance of one of the highest power-density components that Prodrive Technologies develops (a SiCFET power switching module), I knew immediately that I could apply and broaden my knowledge! Therefore my goal is to develop and prototype an optimized design and compare its efficiency to a previously used design.

I knew immediately that I could apply and broaden my knowledge

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