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  1. lmhelp Member

    French
    This is a small contribution... :)

    a heat sink = un dissipateur thermique

    See the Wikipedia article:
    "component used to cool devices that generate high temperatures"
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_sink
     
  2. DocForJ New Member

    french
    heat sink = réservoir de chaleur
     
  3. Budd

    Budd Senior Member

    Washington, DC
    American English
    This is not the same as a heat sink in, for example, a computer or an LED light bulb. Un réservoir de chaleur is a large, usually natural body that can absorb infinite amounts of heat without changing temperature itself, i.e., an ocean or a river or a large lake, but certainly not a glacier.
     
  4. loicos Senior Member

    Saudi Arabia
    France
    In electronics, it is indeed a "dissipateur thermique". It is also usually called "radiateur" as it radiates the heat and thus cool down the circuit attached to it.
     
  5. skronrod Senior Member

    Russian - Russia, English - USA
    Just to add a little nuance: I have a text in front of me that says "dissipateur d'énergie thermique comportant un radiateur". So it might be best to stick with "radiator" for "radiateur".
     

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