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The development of heat sinks for microelectronic applications, which are compatible with sustainable development, involves the achievement of a subtle balance between a superior thermal design, minimum material consumption, and minimum pumping power. This presentation explores the potential for the least-energy optimization of natural and forced convection cooled rectangular plate heat sinks. The results are evaluated in terms of a heat sink coefficient of performance, relating the cooling capability to the energy invested in the fabrication and operation of the heat sink, and compared to the entropy generation minimization methodology (EGM).
Components and Packaging Technologies, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:26 , Issue: 1 )
Date of Publication: March 2003