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Title:
LASER COOLING SYSTEM
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2018/044813
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A laser cooling system includes a first tubing, a second tubing, and a cold plate assembly including a first channel to receive the first tubing and a second channel to receive the second tubing. A joint removably couples the first tubing to the second tubing and at least one component mounted on the cold plate assembly over the first tubing or the second tubing. The inlet end of the first tubing receives a cooling fluid and an outlet end of the second tubing discharges the cooling fluid after the cooling fluid flows through the first tubing, the joint, and the second tubing to maintain uniform a temperature of the at least one component mounted on the cold plate assembly.

Inventors:
HODGES, Aaron, Ludwig (5408 NE 88th Street, Bldg. E.Vancouver, WA, 98665, US)
STEPHENS, Rodney, Mark (5408 NE 88th Street, Bldg. EVancouver, WA, 98665, US)
Application Number:
US2017/048955
Publication Date:
March 08, 2018
Filing Date:
August 28, 2017
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
NLIGHT, INC. (5408 NE 88th Street, Bldg. E.Vancouver, WA, 98665, US)
International Classes:
H01S3/04; B21D53/08; F28F3/02; F28F3/12; H01S3/042
Foreign References:
US20120103580A12012-05-03
JPH09145072A1997-06-06
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US5903583A1999-05-11
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US20150159884A12015-06-11
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US20090266105A12009-10-29
US20060027356A12006-02-09
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
COFIELD, Michael, A. et al. (Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt P.C.1211 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 190, Portland OR, 97204, US)
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Claims:
Claims

1. A system, comprising:

a first plate having a first channel boustrophedonically formed thereon;

a second plate having a second channel boustrophedonically formed thereon;

a first tubing received by the first channel of the first plate;

a second tubing received by the second channel of the second plate; and

a j oint to couple the first tubing to the second tubing.

2. The system of claim 1,

wherein the first tubing includes an inlet end to receive a cooling fluid; and wherein the second tubing includes an outlet end to discharge the cooling fluid.

3. The system of claim 2, further comprising:

first components mounted on the first plate over the first tubing; and

second components mounted on the second plate over the second tubing;

wherein the cooling fluid is configured to flow through the first tubing, the joint, and the second tubing to maintain uniform a temperature of the first components or the second components.

4. The system of claim 3,

wherein the first components or the second components includes a pump diode or a laser diode driver.

5. The system of claim 2,

wherein thermal crosstalk between the first plate and the second plate maintains substantially uniform a temperature of the first components and the second components.

6. The system of claim 2,

wherein the first tubing is pressed into the first channel; and

wherein the second tubing is pressed into the second channel.

7. The system of claim 1, wherein the first cold plate or the second cold plate includes aluminum.

8. The system of claim 1,

wherein the first tubing or the second tubing includes copper.

9. The system of claim 1,

wherein the joint is substantially u-shape; and

wherein the joint includes rubber or plastic.

10. The system of claim 1,

wherein the joint is removably attached to the first tubing or the second tubing.

1 1. A cooling system, comprising:

a first tubing;

a second tubing;

a cold plate assembly including a first channel to receive the first tubing and a second channel to receive the second tubing;

a joint to removably couple the first tubing to the second tubing; and

at least one component mounted on the cold plate assembly over the first tubing or the second tubing;

wherein an inlet end of the first tubing receives a cooling fluid; and

wherein an outlet end of the second tubing discharges the cooling fluid after the cooling fluid flows through the first tubing, the joint, and the second tubing to maintain uniform a temperature of the at least one component mounted on the cold plate assembly.

12. The cooling system of claim 1 1 ,

wherein the first tubing or the second tubing include copper.

13. The cooling system of claim 1 1 ,

wherein the first tubing is pressed into the first channel; and

wherein the second tubing is pressed into the second channel.

14. The cooling system of claim 1 1 ,

wherein the cold plate assembly includes a first plate and a second plate;

wherein the first plate has the first channel boustrophedonically formed thereon; and wherein the second plate has the second channel boustrophedonically formed thereon.

15. The cooling system of claim 14,

wherein the first plate or the second plate includes aluminum.

16. The cooling system of claim 14,

wherein the joint is substantially u-shape; and

wherein the joint includes rubber or plastic.

17. A method, comprising:

forming a continuous first channel on a first plate;

forming a continuous second channel on a second plate;

pressing a first tube into the first channel;

pressing a second tube into the second channel;

coupling the first tube with the second tube using a joint;

receiving a fluid at an inlet end of the first tube; and

discharging the fluid at an outlet end of the second tube after the fluid flows through the first tubing, the joint, and the second tubing.

18. The method of claim 17, further comprising:

mounting a back end of the first plate to a back end of the second plate.

19. The method of claim 17, further comprising:

mounting at least one component to a front end of the first plate or the second plate.

20. The method of claim 19, further comprising:

maintaining substantially uniform a temperature of the least one component by allowing the fluid to flow through the first tubing, the joint, and the second tubing.

Description:
LASER COOLING SYSTEM

Technical Field

[0001] The present disclosure relates to a laser cooling system.

Background

[0002] The use of laser systems has become widespread in industrial, medical, and other applications. Laser systems may necessitate cooling to improve performance, avoid malfunction, and extend product life. As the amount of laser power increases so does the need to remove larger amounts of heat from the laser system to avoid overheating components that may change their operating characteristics. An increase in temperature may result in an increase in laser wavelength and decrease on power that may compromise a laser system's performance. Since the laser wavelength increases and power decreases with an increase in temperature, the temperature must be uniform throughout the system's laser diode arrays to achieve high overall optical conversion efficiency. Laser diode reliability also decreases with increasing temperature, e.g., lifetime decreases by half for every 10 °C increase in temperature in some instances. A need, therefore, remains for effective mechanisms to remove heat and cool laser systems.

Brief Drawings Description

[0003] The present disclosure describes various embodiments that may be understood and fully appreciated in conjunction with the following drawings:

Figure 1A diagrams an embodiment of an exploded view of a cooling system according to the present disclosure;

Figure IB diagrams an embodiment of an assembled view of a cooling system according to the present disclosure;

Figure 1C diagrams an embodiment of a front view of a cooling system with components mounted thereon according to the present disclosure;

Figure ID diagrams an embodiment of a back view of a cooling system with components mounted thereon according to the present disclosure;

Figure IE diagrams an embodiment of a side view of a cooling system with components mounted thereon according to the present disclosure; Figure 2A diagrams an embodiment of a front view of a cooling plate according to the present disclosure;

Figure 2B diagrams an embodiment of a front view of a cooling plate with tubing embedded therein according to the present disclosure;

Figure 2C diagrams an embodiment of a side view of a channel formed on a cooling plate with tubing embedded therein according to the present disclosure;

Figure 3A diagrams an embodiment of a perspective view of ajoint according to the present disclosure;

Figure 3B diagrams an embodiment of a side view of ajoint according to the present disclosure;

Figure 4 diagrams an embodiment of a method for cooling a laser system according to the present disclosure; and

Figure 5 diagrams an embodiment of a method for cooling a laser system according to the present disclosure.

Detailed Description

[0004] The present disclosure describes embodiments with reference to the drawing figures listed above. Persons of ordinary skill in the art will appreciate that the description and figures illustrate rather than limit the disclosure and that, in general, the figures are not drawn to scale for clarity of presentation. Such skilled persons will also realize that many more embodiments are possible by applying the inventive principles contained herein and that such embodiments fall within the scope of the disclosure which is not to be limited except by the claims.

[0005] Figure 1A diagrams an embodiment of an exploded view of a cooling system 100 according to the present disclosure. Figure IB diagrams an embodiment of an assembled view of cooling system 100 according to the present disclosure. Referring to Figures 1A and IB, cooling system 100 may include a first cooling plate 102A and a second cooling plate 102B. First cooling plate 102A or second cooling plate 102B may have any shape known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., square, rectangular, circular, and the like. In an embodiment, first cooling plate 102 A or second cooling plate 102B may both have a substantially rectangular shape as shown in Figures 1A and IB.

[0006] First cooling plate 102A or second cooling plate 102B may include any thermally conductive material known to a person of ordinary skill in the art. In an embodiment, first cooling plate 102A or second cooling plate 102B may be made of any thermally conductive metal known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., aluminum.

[0007] First cooling plate 102A may include a first channel 104A formed to receive a first tubing 106A. In an embodiment, first cooling plate 102 A may include first channel 104 A boustrophedonically formed thereon in a continuous manner alternating from right to left to right to left (or up to down to up to down) as shown in Figure 1 A. First channel 106A may include straight portions 107 A connected by curved portions 109A. First channel 104 A may have any cross-sectional shape known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., circular, semicircular, square, or the like, to receive first tubing 106 A, which may also have any cross- sectional shape known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., circular, semicircular, square, or the like.

[0008] Similarly, second cooling plate 102B may include a second channel 104B formed to receive a second tubing 106B. In an embodiment, second cooling plate 102B may include second channel 104B boustrophedonically formed thereon in a continuous manner alternating from right to left to right to left (or up to down to up to down) as shown in Figure IB.

Second channel 104B may include straight portions 107B connected by curved portions 109B. Second channel 104B may have any cross-sectional shape known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., circular, semicircular, square, or the like, to receive second tubing 106B, which may also have any cross-sectional shape known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., circular, semicircular, square, or the like.

[0009] First cooling plate 102 A may have a front face 114A and a back face 116A. First channel 104 A may extend on front face 114A between a distance 122 A from a first edge 126A and a distance 124A from a second edge 128A of first cooling plate 102A. Distance 122 A may be smaller, larger, or equal to distance 124 A. In an embodiment, distance 122A may be smaller than distance 124A.

[0010] Similarly, second cooling plate 102B may have a front face 114B and a back face 116B. Second channel 104B may extend on front face 114B between a distance 122B from a first edge 126B and a distance 124B from a second edge 128B of second cooling plate 102B. Distance 122B may be smaller, larger, or equal to distance 124B. In an embodiment, distance 122B may be smaller than distance 124B. Put differently, first cooling plate 102A and second cooling plate 102B may have similar constructions with corresponding first and second channels 104A and 104B to receive first and second tubing 106 A and 106B, respectively. [0011] First cooling plate 102A may removably secure to second cooling plate 102B back face 116A to back face 116B. In an embodiment, first end 126A of first cooling plate 102A may couple to second end 128B of second cooling plate 102B and second end 128A of first cooling plate 102A may couple to first end 126B of second cooling plate 102B. By doing so, first channel 104 A on front face 114A offsets second channel 104B on front face 114B to ensure greater cooling efficiency. In an embodiment, first cooling plate 102A may be removably attached or secured to second cooling plate 102B back face 116A to back face 116B using any number or type of fasteners 120 known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., screws, bolts, nuts, and the like.

[0012] First channel 104 A may receive first tubing 106 A and second channel 104B may receive second tubing 106B. First tubing 106A may have an inlet end 108A and an outlet end 110A that extend beyond an edge of first cooling plate 102A. Second tubing 106B may have an inlet end 108B and an outlet end HOB that similarly extends beyond an edge of second cooling plate 102B.

[0013] A joint 112 may removably couple outlet end 11 OA of first cooling plate 102A to inlet end 108B of second cooling plate 102B. Joint 112 may have any shape known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., the substantial u-shape shown in Figures 1 A and IB. Joint 112 may include any material known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., rubber, plastic, metal, copper, or the like. Joint 112 may fit removably but securely at a first end 115 over outlet end 11 OA of first tubing 106A and may fit removably but securely at a second end 117 over inlet end 108B of second tubing 106B. Inlet end 108A may receive cooling fluid 150 of any type known to a person of ordinary skill in the art through any known means. The cooling fluid 150 may travel, propagate, or otherwise flow through first tubing 106 A, joint 112, and second tubing 106B. Cooling fluid 150 may discharge at outlet end 110B of second cooling plate 102B. In an embodiment, joint 112 may fit removably but securely fit over outlet end 110A and inlet end 108B using any means known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., pressure, clamps, rings, and the like. In some embodiments, joint 112 may be soldered, brazed, or otherwise joined to the outlet end 110A and inlet end 108B.

[0014] Figure 1C diagrams an embodiment of a front view of cooling system 100 with components mounted thereon according to the present disclosure. Figure ID diagrams an embodiment of a back view of cooling system 100 with components mounted thereon according to the present disclosure. And figure IE diagrams an embodiment of a side view of a cooling system with components mounted thereon according to the present disclosure. Referring to Figures 1A-E, cooling system 100 may include first components 13 OA and second components 13 OB mounted on first cooling plate 102A and second cooling plate 102B, respectively. First components 130A or second components 130B may include any type of electronic or other devices known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., laser diode drivers, pump diodes, and the like. First components 130A or second components 130B may each include one or multiple discrete devices. First components 130A or second components 130B may each include single or multiple devices packaged in a single module or housing or packaged in multiple modules or other housings. First components 13 OA or second components 130B may mount, attach, or otherwise affix to first cooling plate 102A and second cooling plate 102B, respectively, using any type or number of fasteners known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., screws, bolts, nuts, and the like.

[0015] In an embodiment, at least one first component 130A may be mounted over at least one first channel 104A and a corresponding at least one first tubing 106A to ensure that the at least one first component 130A maintains a substantially uniform temperature during operation. In an embodiment, first tubing 106 A, through cooling fluid 150 flowing therein, may cool cooling plate 102A that, in turn, may remove heat from components 13 OA to thereby cool components 130A to ensure a substantially uniform temperature of first components 130A during operation. Similarly, at least one second component 130B may be mounted over at least one second channel 104B and a corresponding at least one second tubing 106B to ensure that the at least one second component 130B maintains a substantially uniform temperature during operation. In an embodiment, second tubing 106B, through cooling fluid 150 flowing therein, may cool cooling plate 102B that, in turn, may remove heat from components 130B to thereby cool components 130B to ensure a substantially uniform temperature of second components 130B during operation.

[0016] Cooling fluid 150 flowing through first tubing 106A and second tubing 106B underneath first components 130A and second components 130B cools first cooling plate 102A and second cooling plate 102B to thereby remove heat from first components 130A and second components 130B. Cooling fluid 150 flows on opposite sides of cooling system 100, i.e., through first cooling plate 102A, joint 112, and second cooling plate 102B, such that the coldest cooling fluid 150 is opposite the warmest cooling fluid 150. Thermal crosstalk between first cooling plate 102A and second cooling plate 102B may result in a an averaging effect that leads to improved temperature uniformity across first cooling plate 102A and second cooling plate 102B and hence improved temperature uniformity across first components 130A and second components 130B.

[0017] Figure 2 A diagrams an embodiment of a front view of a cooling plate 202 according to the present disclosure. Figure 2B diagrams an embodiment of a front view of a cooling plate 202 with tubing 206 according to the present disclosure. Figure 2C diagrams an embodiment of a side view of a channel 204 receiving tubing 206 on a cooling plate 202 according to the present disclosure. Referring to Figures 2A-2C, cooling plate 202 includes channel 204 formed thereon through any means known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., milling, drilling, routing, and the like. In an embodiment, a bit attached to milling, drilling, or routing equipment may define a shape of channel 204. Cooling plate 202 may include any thermally conductive material known to a person of ordinary skill in the art. In an embodiment, cooling plate 202 may be made of any thermally conductive metal known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., aluminum.

[0018] Channel 204 may have any cross-sectional shape and size known to a person of ordinary skill in art as appropriate for the application, e.g., circular, semicircular, square, rectangular, and the like. In an embodiment, cooling plate 202 may have channel 204 formed in a boustrophedonic manner, e.g., in a continuous right to left to right to left (or down to up to down to up), from a channel inlet end 209 to a channel outlet end 211. Channel 204 may have substantially straight portions 207 coupled to curved portions 209 from channel inlet end 209 to channel outlet end 21 1.

[0019] Tubing 206 may have any cross-sectional shape and size known to a person of ordinary skill in the art as appropriate for the application, e.g., circular, semicircular, square, rectangular, and the like. Tubing 206 may be made of any thermally conductive material known to a person of ordinary skill in the art. In an embodiment, tubing 206 may be made of any thermally conductive metal known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., copper. In an embodiment, tubing 206 may be made of any thermally conductive material that resists internal erosion or corrosion due to cooling fluid 150. Tubing 206 may be embedded into or otherwise received by channel 204 through any means known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., snapping, pressing, and the like. In an embodiment, tubing 206 may be secured to channel 204 using a thermal epoxy or the like. In an embodiment, receiving or embedding tubing 206 into channel 204 may result in a top 203 of tubing 206 horizontally aligning with a top 213 of cooling plate 202 to provide a flush or flat horizontal surface upon which to mount components over tubing 206 (e.g., first components 130A or second components 130B mounted over tubing 106A and 106B, respectively, as shown in Figures 1A-1E). In an embodiment, once channel 204 receives or embeds tubing 206, top 203 of tubing 206 may be milled, filed, or otherwise cut to provide a flush or flat horizontal surface with top 213 of cooling plate 202. In an embodiment in which tubing 206 is secured to channel 204 using a thermal epoxy, the thermal epoxy is likewise milled, filed, or otherwise cut with top 203 to provide a flush or flat horizontal surface with top 213 of cooling plate 202. In another embodiment, once tubing 206 is received or embedded into channel 204, top 203 of tubing 206 may be shaped or pressed to provide a flush or flat horizontal surface with top 213 of cooling plate 202. Tubing 206 may extend beyond cooling plate 202 at an inlet end 208 and an outlet end 210.

[0020] In an embodiment, cooling plate 202 may have channels 204 formed on one or both sides. Thus, instead of first cooling plate 102A mounting or securing to second cooling plate 102B as shown in Figure 1A-1E, cooling plate 202 may include two cooling surfaces 221 or 223. A first cooling surface may be located on a front side 221 and a second cooling surface may be located on an opposing back side 223 with corresponding channels 204 and tubing 206 that provide thermal crosstalk between front side 221 and back side 223 to maintain substantially uniform a temperature of components mounted thereon.

[0021] Figure 3A diagrams an embodiment of a perspective view of a joint 312 according to the present disclosure. Figure 3B diagrams an embodiment of a side view of joint 312 coupled to a cooling system 300 according to the present disclosure. Referring to Figures 1A-1E, 2A-2C, 3A, and 3B, joint 312 may join or otherwise couple tubing 106A to tubing 106B on first cooling plate 102A and second cooling plate 102B, respectively. In the embodiment of Figures 2A-2C, joint 312 may join or otherwise couple tubing 206 on a front side 221 of cooling plate 202 to tubing 206 on a back side 223 of cooling plate 202. Joint 312 may have any shape known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., a substantial u- shape. Joint 312 may include any material known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., rubber, plastic, or the like. In an embodiment, first end 315 of joint 312 may fit over or otherwise couple to outlet end 310 of tubing 306 and a second end 317 of joint 312 may fit over or otherwise couple to inlet end 308 of tubing 306. Joint 312 may secure to outlet end 310 and inlet end 308 using any fasteners 340 known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., pressure, rings, clamps, and the like. Joint 312 may allow cooling fluid 150 to flow from tubing 306 on a first side of cooling plate 302 to tubing 306 on a second side of cooling plate 302. Joint 312 may allow the flow of cooling fluid, e.g., fluid 150, to remove heat from components 330. In the embodiment shown in Figures 1A-1E, joint 112 may allow cooling fluid 150 to flow from first tubing 106A on first cooling plate 102A to second tubing 106B on second cooling plate 102B.

[0022] Figure 4 diagrams an embodiment of a method 400 for cooling a laser system according to the present disclosure. Referring to Figure 4, method 400 includes providing a first cooling plate at 402 and providing a second cooling plate at 404. The first cooling plate and the second cooling plate may have any size, shape, or dimensions known to a person of ordinary skill in the art. The first cooling plate and the second cooling plate may include any thermally conductive material known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., aluminum.

[0023] Method 400 further includes forming a first channel in the first cooling plate at 406 and forming a second channel in the second cooling plate at 408 using any means known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., milling, drilling, routing, or the like.

[0024] Method 400 further includes embedding the first tubing in the first channel at 410 and embedding the second tubing in the second channel at 412. The first channel may receive or otherwise embed the first tubing by any means known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., snapping, pressing, pushing, and the like. Similarly, the second channel may receive or otherwise embed the second tubing by any means known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., snapping, pressing, pushing, and the like. The first tubing and the second tubing may be secured to the first channel and the second channel, respectively, using any type of adhesive, e.g., thermal epoxy. The first tubing and the second tubing may be pressed or milled into the first channel and the second channel, respectively, to create a substantially flat or flush horizontal surface with the cooling plate. In an embodiment in which the first and the second tubing are secured to the first and second channels, respectively, using an adhesive such as thermal epoxy, the thermal epoxy is likewise milled, filed, or cut to create a substantially flat or flush horizontal surface. In an embodiment, a relatively thin layer of thermal epoxy may cover the first tubing or the second tubing after milling to create a substantially flush or flat horizontal surface with the cooling plate. The first tubing and the second tubing may have any cross-sectional shape or dimensions known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., circular, semicircular, square, or the like. The first tubing and the second tubing may include any thermally conductive material known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., copper.

[0025] Method 400 may further include joining or otherwise coupling the first tubing with the second tubing using a joint at 414. The joint may have a substantial u-shape and may include any material known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., rubber, plastic, metal, and the like. The joint may have a first end that fits over an end of the first tubing and a second end that fits over the second tubing. The joint may secure to the first tubing and the second tubing using any means known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., pressure, rings, clamps, solder, and the like.

[0026] Method 400 further includes receiving a cooling fluid at an inlet end of the first tubing at 416. The cooling fluid may be any fluid capable of cooling the cooling plate and thus, removing heat from the system, known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., water. The inlet end of the first tubing may receive the cooling fluid through any means known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., fluid source plumbing and the like.

[0027] Method 400 further includes allowing the cooling fluid to flow through the first tubing through to the joint to the second tubing to remove heat from components mounted on the cooling plate at 418. Thermal crosstalk between the first tubing on the first cooling plate and the second tubing on the second cooling plate allow maintenance of a substantial uniform temperature across components mounted on the first cooling plate and the second cooling plate.

[0028] Method 400 further includes discharging the cooling fluid at an outlet end of the second tubing at 420.

[0029] Figure 5 diagrams an embodiment of a method 500 for cooling a laser system according to the present disclosure. Referring to Figure 5, method 500 includes providing a cooling plate at 502. The cooling plate may have any size, shape, or dimensions known to a person of ordinary skill in the art. The cooling plate may include any thermally conductive material known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., aluminum.

[0030] Method 500 further includes forming a first channel on a first or front side of the cooling plate at 504 and forming a second channel on a second or back side of the cooling plate at 506 using any means known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., milling, drilling, routing, or the like.

[0031] Method 500 further includes embedding first tubing in the first channel at 508 and embedding second tubing the second channel at 510. The first channel may receive or otherwise embed the first tubing by any means known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., snapping, pressing, pushing, and the like. Similarly, the second channel may receive or otherwise embed the second tubing by any means known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., snapping, pressing, pushing, and the like. The first tubing and the second tubing may be pressed or milled into the first channel and the second channel, respectively, to create a substantially flat or flush horizontal surface with a surface of the cooling plate. The first tubing and the second tubing may have any cross-sectional shape or dimensions known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., circular, semicircular, square, or the like. The first tubing and the second tubing may include any thermally conductive material known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., copper.

[0032] Method 500 may further include joining or otherwise coupling the first tubing with the second tubing using a joint at 512. The joint may have a substantial u-shape and may include any material known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., rubber, plastic, and the like. The joint may have a first end that fits over an end of the first tubing and a second end that fits over the second tubing. The joint may secure to the first tubing and the second tubing using any means known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., pressure, rings, clamps, and the like.

[0033] Method 500 further includes receiving a cooling fluid at an inlet end of the first tubing at 514. The cooling fluid may be any fluid capable of removing heat known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., water. The inlet end of the first tubing may receive the cooling fluid through any means known to a person of ordinary skill in the art, e.g., fluid source plumbing and the like.

[0034] Method 500 further includes allowing the cooling fluid to flow through the first tubing through to the joint to the second tubing to remove heat from components mounted on the cooling plate at 516. Thermal crosstalk between the first tubing on the first cooling plate and the second tubing on the second cooling plate allow maintenance of a substantial uniform temperature across components mounted on the first cooling plate and the second cooling plate.

[0035] Method 500 further includes discharging the cooling fluid at an outlet end of the second tubing at 518.

[0036] Person of ordinary skill in the art will appreciate that that the present disclosure is not limited to the disclosure and drawings. Rather, the scope of the present disclosure includes both combinations and sub-combinations of the various features described hereinabove as well as modifications and variations that would occur to such skilled persons upon reading the foregoing description. Only the claims may limit the present disclosure.