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...how would you do it? Can it be done?

I'm considering attempting to build a radiator. I'm looking at the four 5.25" bays that are completely unused in my dedicated F@H rig. I'd like to tap into this potential and attempt to build a custom radiator.

I'm looking for thoughts, ideas, etc.

My case:
700

UPDATE 6/6/2012
My father has informed me that he can get me as much aluminum sheets as needed but can't guarantee a certain size. He swung by my house last week and dropped off about 20 feet of spare pipe he acquired at work.

I'm going to take him up on his offer of the aluminum sheets in various sizes and build a working prototype to test functionality. Once/if this proves successful I will design one to be fit within the 5.25" bays.
Edited by CarlosSpiceyWeiner - 6/6/12 at 7:29am
    
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Preliminary Design:
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Update (05/20/2012)

Google Sketchup:
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Sample pack/kit of various size aluminum sheets from Amazon:
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Edited by CarlosSpiceyWeiner - 5/21/12 at 8:55am
    
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Anything can be done, but doing something one-off that needs this level of precision is always a waste of time and money because of the equipment required. The best bet is to just find the closest thing in size that already exists.
 
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Anything can be done, but doing something one-off that needs this level of precision is always a waste of time and money because of the equipment required. The best bet is to just find the closest thing in size that already exists.

Thanks for your input. However, I'm not terribly concerned about purchasing equipment I live very close to a harbor freight and I can buy a garage full of tools for $100 tongue.gif
    
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just like this...
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solder fins to a tube

edit: make sure the water only contacts copper or brass and the tricky/time consuming part is soldering ALL those fins on perfectly spaced

edit2: im excited about this... super subbed, maybe you can stagger the pipes like most cpu coolers do!
top down view o=tube
interior
o o o
o o
front
Edited by twich12 - 5/11/12 at 4:11am
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Or.... go with something like this one... Simple and you can do that look of old car rad biggrin.gif
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this just in from bit-tech (6 year old thread) someone that made their own rad! that is what i was thinking about since the 5.25 bays are plenty wide
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Originally Posted by twich12 View Post

just like this...
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solder fins to a tube
edit: make sure the water only contacts copper or brass and the tricky/time consuming part is soldering ALL those fins on perfectly spaced
edit2: im excited about this... super subbed, maybe you can stagger the pipes like most cpu coolers do!
top down view o=tube
interior
o o o
o o
front

Solder eh? I could easily do that. However my concern is the thermal conductivity of the solder:
302

I shall investigate! Worst case I'll buy a cheap electric welder smile.gif
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this just in from bit-tech (6 year old thread) someone that made their own rad! that is what i was thinking about since the 5.25 bays are plenty wide

Reading now! Thanks smile.gif
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CarlosSpiceyWeiner View Post

Solder eh? I could easily do that. However my concern is the thermal conductivity of the solder:
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I shall investigate! Worst case I'll buy a cheap electric welder smile.gif
Reading now! Thanks smile.gif

Go with SnCu, im using it for soldering, and only this one smile.gif and look at it thermal conductivity
post #10 of 92
The hard part is making the tiny channels for the water to go through. The smaller channels you have, the more effective you will be at transferring heat from the water, because the water in the middle tends to stay in the middle. That's why some radiators market "dimples" to induce turbulence in the water flow.

I bet their tiny thin fins aren't exactly easy to put on either. The thinner the fin, the more effective it is at heat transfer, and the less it restricts airflow. The fin design of radiators is completely different from what is used on heatsinks. Distances between the water channels are relatively short, while for heatpipes, the distances are significantly longer.
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