I'm having trouble controlling the heat from running a bridge rectifier (Similar to http://www.amazon.com/1200V-Single-Bridge-Rectifier--QL100A1200V/dp/B00EZ8BUMU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1459556648&sr=8-2&keywords=100amp+bridge+rectifier) at high current for fast electrochemistry. The low voltage (9V) high current (40-50A) keeps heating up the bridge rapidly and will lead to thermal runaway if not managed by cutting the power by a switch. As my bridge rectifier comes with a large heat sink, similar to the one in the amazon link, I'd like to know some other options available for controlling the heat generated by the bridge to increase the time I can use it without cutting the power.
Options I know about:
Air Cooling (Essentially having a fan (the bridge is in a box I made out of medium density fiberboard, bolted) push air through the box through a few holes, cooling the bridge) (Uncertain about effectiveness given the intense heat buildup)
NOTE: The bridge is a full wave bridge rectifier. The bridge is mounted 90 degrees from how it would be sitting on a table and lies on the side of the box. (Which isn't necessarily the best for convection, but it will lie directly in the air current path of a fan)
Water Cooling: All Options are by thermal conduction.
1)Indirectly: The mounting bolts stick out of the box by about 3", this leaves more than enough space to attach a great thermal conductor, such as aluminium flat bar (Looks like: https://www.google.com/search?q=aluminium+flat+bar&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj9l6CX3O7LAhXIlh4KHbaXCyYQ_AUICCgC), to the mounting bolts and having them in a container of cold water underneath. The idea here is that the aluminium will try to equalize the temperature of the bolts which are being heated by contact with the bridge and thus, cool the bridge as the bridge will spend heat energy trying to heat the bolt.
2)Directly: Immersing the bridge in water (I have no idea if this type of bridge is water tight, hypothetically it should be) a quarter way up to the base (which is rather high) (Done to ensure no shorts due to water), which seems reasonable. The water level can be maintained by putting it in a container with holes drilled at the 1/4 mark of the bridge and refreshed by a carefully placed supply hose.
3)All In: Total submersion in reasonably pure distilled water (might work, I'm not sure if the two AC nodes will be able to conduct all that well in relatively pure distilled water at 120V) (I'm aware of distilled water contamination)