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Purdue researchers develop high-tech cooler that can rapidly chill drinks

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: August 8th, 2018

Researchers at Purdue University have developed a new cooler that can chill drinks ten times faster than traditional products.

The ChillNado features a user-friendly interface and allows customers to store up to six drinks at a time and cool them from room temperature to 40 degrees Fahrenheit in just over a minute.

“The advantages of ChillNado include being able to quickly bring drinks to a desirable temperature, returning those drinks to a desirable temperature once they have warmed and doing all of this while achieving and maintaining beverage stability,” says David Page, a Purdue graduate student who helped lead the research team.

The Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization has applied for a patent on the technology and is currently seeking companies to license it.

“Purdue research is about coming up with new ways to solve problems,” says Page. “Our ChillNado invention addresses a gap in the cooler market and innovates on an old technology. We also want to promote interest in mechanics and STEM by merging complex topics like machine design and heat transfer with more enjoyable activities like dining around a fire with friends or attending a backyard barbecue.”

Source: Purdue Research Foundation News

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