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Old 12-16-2008, 10:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Mineral Oil Cooling color?

After finding a article on Mineral oil cooling I became inquisitive and the more I think about it the more I think it'd make a great project and use for my old computer hardware.

I'm no chemistry major so my question is this:

What would be the best (if any) non conductive color agent to use in a complete submerged mineral oil set up?
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none.
and i would suggest silicon oil.
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Default Re: Mineral Oil Cooling color?

Food coloring maybe.
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silicon oil = more $? and I know food coloring won't work, it'll mold and also cause issues with my hardware, well if nothing else a few LED's will do the color trick
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Ah, didn't think of it molding...

What about a fabric type dye?
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wonder how it'll affect the PCB?
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why not just have your oil colourless and put some food colouring in water then let it drip through the oil! it'd look sick
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He said it'll mold up with food coloring.
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imo, if you want to tint it, use a colored film on the inside of the case.

Also silicon oil will give you better latent heat exchanges. It also won't eat away at adhesives.
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Just remember that unless you have some form of active heat removal, the oil will eventually heat up to the point that it can no longer cool the components.
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