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# GT Research Project Experimental Design Submitted by: Matthew Tralka Parent/Guardian signature________________________________ Area of Science: Technology Introductory paragraph

: This science project idea was born when the question of, “What Metal Cools Better” was brought up in my construction of my recent computer build. Since I had several spare Intel coolers (as I am using 3rd party solutions for all of my computers) and miscellaneous items (such as the AC to molex connector [used for testing water cooling loops before installation] and the molex to 6 3-pin fan PCB [used instead of Motherboard connectors or Molex to 3-pins adapters]), I decided that I should do my science project on something that I really enjoy. Either building computers and other electrical devices or reading. Since the latter would be a very hard project to come up with and I was leading toward the first idea. I decided my project had to be on something related to computing and hardware. I knew that most waterblocks and heatsinks used a type of copper as the contact metal so I decided to test if this really was the premium solution. After that moment I knew that that was going to be my science project for the upcoming year to come.

Research question to be answered by investigation: What type of metal can cool a CPU the most efficiently. Identify the independent variable(s) in your investigation: Type of metal used as decoy CPU. Identify the dependent variable(s) in your investigation: Temperature of square after time limit. Constants: Size of metal square, external temperature, heating element, cooling solution, power supplied, surface on which square is residing on. Prediction/Hypothesis:

If copper is used in the decoy CPU then the temperature of the unit will decrease in correspondence with the change in metal. Safety: ● Excrete caution when handling sharp metals

Materials: ● ● ● ● ● ● Molex to 6 3-pin fan PCB (already acquired) AC to Molex adapter (already acquired) 4 Stock Intel Cooling Solutions (already acquired) 4 Samples of 1 by 1 metal sheets Long Piece of Wood (already acquired) Ceramic Thermal Compound (already acquired)

Investigation will be conducted at my house in a controlled environment.

Procedures: 1. Place decoy metals onto wooden block 2. Apply Ceramic thermal compound 3. Place wooden block w/ attached decoys under heating element 4. Activate heating element 5. Start timer 6. Leave running for two minutes 7. Stop heating after the required time has elapsed 8. Place wooden block w/ decoys onto table 9. Quickly attach cooling elements 10. Attach the 4-pin PWM connectors to the fan PCB 11. Turn on stock coolers until metal reaches 20 C 12. Record time 13. Remove coolers 14. Clean Decoy CPU’s with Artic 5 cleaner 15. Repeat steps 1-14 for 20 trials Data: Data Collected: Temperature of decoy CPUs after a set time Trials: 25 Time: About 2 week