2024 Undergraduate Research Showcase

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Student Presentation

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Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Sondra Miller


Over the years, technology has skyrocketed and the need for space to store data has increased drastically. Data centers require energy to keep the system at a certain temperature to prevent overheating. By deploying the data center underwater, we can utilize the water's cool temperature to keep the computer and electrical components cool without using nonrenewable resources to power and cool the data center. Nonconventional materials, like fluoroelastomers and argon within the data center, can be used to help with the electrical, thermal, and cooling properties of the system. By using different materials for electrical component casing and as seals, we can make underwater data more plausible and effective. This study aims to elevate the performance of these materials for usage in underwater data centers. A literature review of the effects of alkaline solutions on these materials will be most effective in the conclusion of this study and how they can improve electrical or thermal systems in the centers.


Research Mentor: Lindsey Wiggins

This research has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under award #2221665 CAES number.