Windows 10: [concept] A mercury-cooled computer would be pretty cool.

  1.    27 Oct 2016 #1

    [concept] A mercury-cooled computer would be pretty cool.


    Aside from the fact that mercury is very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very ,very, very, very toxic; it does work good as a coolant.

    So let's visualize this:

    The entire case has an ancient-Roman style that alludes to the god Mercury.


    Frame is made primarily of something like pewter or white ceramic, stylized after architecture such as the Maison Carrée. do a test-bench layout with the motherboard horizontal, with a peaked roof with glass panels.
    all piping is made from glass (ideally a pyrex-like mixture if possible), with straight vertical/horizontal piping connected by joints.
    because mercury expands a lot when heated have in all four corners a glass resivore pillar-like tube for overflow, sealed with a soft vaccum. bonus if the pillars are textured to have vertical indents, or a pewter sheathe with vertical windows.
    Custom pump that is strong enough to push the mercury through.
    This is all stacked on top of a horizontal radiator the size of the case, with large enough gaps that fans can easily push air through.

    Can anyone visualize it?
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 3,360
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       27 Oct 2016 #2

    Interesting concept until it comes to the use of mercury. I thought the curly-Q/pigtail shaped CFL light bulbs would be better than the incandescent bulbs until I heard the cost of a haz-mat team needed to clean up the mercury mess if one of those bulbs shattered, went to the newer LED bulbs.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    27 Oct 2016 #3

    I did a search for "mercury as coolant" and it came up on a number of computer forums. The almost universal reaction was "don't do it".
    Just a few things to consider:
    1. It is dangerous to handle. Do your own research.
    2. It is much heavier than water.
    3. It is expensive.
    4. It reacts readily with a number of materials, notably aluminum.

    As I see it the disadvantages far outweigh the advantages.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    27 Oct 2016 #4

    Still it would look pretty cool and, if done right, could be a museum piece.
    Last edited by FuturDreamz; 27 Oct 2016 at 17:36. Reason: too many commas
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  5. Posts : 3,360
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       27 Oct 2016 #5

    True
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  6. Posts : 8,868
    Windows 10 Pro X64
       27 Oct 2016 #6

    Just use a mineral system, lots of kits out there

    Custom PC; Mineral Oil Submerged Computer
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    27 Oct 2016 #7

    FuturDreamz said: View Post
    Still it would look pretty cool and, if done right, could be a museum piece.
    There seems to be some huge misinformation out there that Mercury is somehow a super heat conductor. The fact is, it's not. It's actually orders of magnitude worse than water at conducting heat.

    Because of Mercury's high boiling point (671 degrees), it can't be used strictly as a thermal barrier like water can (ever take a blowtorch to a filled plastic bottle?), it would raise to too high a temperature without a radiator to disperse the heat. And, because of Mercury's poor thermal transfer characteristics, it would not work well as a simple heat pump.

    I've yet to see anyone come up with any conclusive evidence that using Mercury for this would even work, much less be worth the potential risks.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  8.    28 Oct 2016 #8

    Oh well, thought it was cool. But then I thought of a PC design based on the Pantheon and that's even cooler - even if it just uses water. It's going to take a while for me to get the money to make it though.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

Related Threads
Back in the day, when NT4 came out, and I used it as my desktop OS, a startup sound was available, as an add-on, hack, whatever.. It sounded like a (pardon my ignorance), either a Chinese or Japanese lady saying something. I tried all the...
I figure if there is any hope of getting solid answer to this question, its the gaming guys Give me a shortlist of laptops over, say, the last 4 or 5 years, that had "good" sound - good enough that you were pleasantly surprised. I have external...
684109774988775424 More: http://www.winbeta.org/news/microsoft-working-to-get-next-redstone-preview-build-out-pretty-quickly 57201 Source: https://buildfeed.net/build/90f351b6-5ace-44f4-afcc-56953ccc4908/
W10 Reset pretty much broke my pc in Installation and Upgrade
So upgrading went good, my problems started when I used the reset option on my computer. the first time the reset froze at 99% and I went to bed with it going, 5 hours later it was stuck on a black screen so I rebooted and was able to get a...
Pretty disappointed so far in General Support
A disclaimer: I never liked Windows 7, or Vista, or XP. I used them, but never enjoyed the experience. Windows Phone and Windows 8, and then 8.1 are the first OS Microsoft ever made that I liked. I fact I loved 8/8.1. I installed the Windows 10...
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 19:09.
Find Us