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Old 09-24-2010, 12:30 AM
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Lightbulb Oil recommendation ... but not for a vehichle

Without going into to much detail, I'll thinking of building an oil cooled PC. Guys who do this on the web typically use vegitable oil or mineral oil. This got me thinking though, a vehichle oil might actually be better suited to the task of removing heat and would be easily impervious to breakdown at the temps a computer can generate. I was thinking full syn motor oil or transmission fluid. I could pump the oil through a trany cooler to bring it back down to ambient temp as well.

What I need advise on is the best type of fluid to use. It need to have high thermal capacity and conductance but low electrical conductance and viscosity. Any fluids experts here want to lend me some advise?
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I'm a bit of a PC geek myself, but oil cooling is a little taboo for me! I'll be sticking to good ol' fans. I have seen it done many times, but always with mineral oil, due to the purity mostly I believe. Never considered motor oil. You could always drop a yard-sale pc internals into some cheap motor oil and see what happens! Good luck!
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I agree, maybe test with cheap parts first. I believe Mineral Oil is thin enough to provide adequate cooling, the motor oil may be too thick and could trap unwanted heat... Just thinking outloud, I really think this would be awesome if it could be done.

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LOL Daniel, that's funny man! Seriously, though, this is an interesting idea, one I have not heard of until now. I'm going to have to read a bit more on this.

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Yeah, I have two or three old PC's laying around and was thinking I could test that first. The biggest complaint I've heard about oil cooling (aside from the mess it create if you need to replace any parts) is that the fans fail. Given the resitance of the oil I find that not the least bit suprising.

My theory is that the biggest problem with all this is that people are trying to use PC parts to move the oil. Even those using external radiators are typically using PC water cooling rigs (pumps, radiators, etc.). I was thining some heavy duty aquarium parts (pumps or power head's) and some oil that could really absorb some heat might be the trick. You could actually use a canister filter to pump the oil to the radiator (and filter the oil as a by product), and place a powerhead in the tank blow cool oil directly over the CPU heatsink. Better yet you could get a CPU water block and route the return hose through the block before it returns to the tank so the CPU gets the freshly cooled oil first.

Anyone know if motor oil will corrode or eat through rubber or silicon? I've heard that mineral oil will eventually disolve thermal grease.
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The oil used in A/C systems on hybrid vehicles is a special oil that has zero conductivity.
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The oil used in A/C systems on hybrid vehicles is a special oil that has zero conductivity.
I don't know much about A/C systems. What is this oil used for in A/C systems? Is this oil pumped thorough the radiator (such as you might see on the back of a refridgerator? Any idea how I could find out more? Does this oil have a special name? I wonder what the cost is like. A/C fluid might be idea since they are designed for cooling correct.
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It's pretty new stuff to me as well, but I'll see what I can find out.
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