Additive Manufacturing (AM) enables shapes and forms that are not possible with traditional manufacturing. Traditional manufacturing relies on subtractive processes (creating parts by removing or cutting away from a solid block of material) and/or joining many simple components together. AM is an additive process, where parts are built incrementally, one layer at a time, and often as a single piece rather than many. There are profound implications of this development and the resulting complex geometries that can now be made, but contrary to popular belief it is not possible to print anything and everything. Conflux prides itself on pushing the limits of what AM can do. Our focus is inch wide, mile deep: AM heat exchangers.As with any new technology, AM demands specialists with a suite of skillsets who that go beyond previous practices and focus on this new territory and its intricacies. Our team creates detailed geometries that cannot be manufactured using any other method, nor by any other AM team.
Higher Thermal Exchange
Enhanced surface area density to volume ratio results in high thermal exchange performance.
Monolithic structures result in significant weight reductions.
Higher thermal performance and monolithic parts translate to step changes in part size
Low Pressure Drop
Optimised flow design reduces pressure drop and improves system efficiency.
Design freedom gives flexibility in form factor; geometry can be morphed to the fit the space available.
Heat exchangers produced via AM offer potential benefits for wide ranging industries and applications:
Conflux Technology are known industry wide as the pioneers of AM heat exchange technology. Our specialist knowledge of thermo fluid dynamics engineering is combined with more than 20 years’ experience and success in metal AM – from design and CFD analysis through to in-house AM production, post-processing and independent validation.
We’ve developed a vertically integrated business with experts at each step of the way incorporating powerful and unique capabilities like our use of the Australian Synchotron, our inhouse quality control software Conflux Quantify or our vast library of proprietary parameters. Partner with us and harness the benefits of our experience for your own gain.
Charge air coolers
Fuel and oil heat exchangers
Automotive and motorsports
Water charge air coolers
EV inverter cooler
LRU Electronic box cooler
Phase change coolers
Oil and gas
Modular arrays for large scale heat exchange
Fuel and oil coolers
Multi-mega watt modular arrays
Our latest development is a group of configurable, ultra-high performance heat exchangers.
The Conflux Water Charge Air Cooler (WCAC) provides ultra high-performance with significant reductions in core volume, air-side pressure drop and weight.
82% reduction in water side pressure drop
39% reduction in wet weight
24% reduction in air-side pressure drop
15% smaller core volume
*benchmarked against industry-leading microtube WCAC at constant heat exchange
“The Conflux team has impressively demonstrated how well it understands metal AM technology. Complex structures in challenging environments require not only the highest standard of machine technology to produce parts, but also the best engineering skills to design the right products.”
Arno Held, Chief Venture Officer, AM Ventures
Case Study: Conflux Water Charge Air Cooler
Qualification and Certification of Additive Manufactured Heat Exchangers
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