WIT Press


A Computational Method To Design Heat Sinks

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/HT000521

Volume

27

Pages

10

Published

2000

Size

317 kb

Author(s)

J.A. Visser

Abstract

A computational method to design heat sinks J.A. Visser Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, 0002, South Africa Abstract A computationally economical method for the design of aluminum heat sinks is presented. The motivation for this project arose from a growing need in the electronics industry to find efficient ways of improving the design of heat sinks. A three-dimensional finite-difference simulation using curvilinear boundary fitted grids is used to model the conduction heat transfer in the heat sink. Analytical and empirical models for the boundary conditions take into account the effects of natural or forced convection, as well as radiation to the surroundings. Flow bypass is included in the analysis for forced convection. The solution methodology enables solution times of less than 30 seconds for most heat sink geometries. The quick analysis and accurate results verified by experimentation indicate that the

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