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Computation of natural convection in channels with pin fins

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3 Author(s)
Boyalakuntla, D.S. ; Dept. of Mech. Eng., Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA, USA ; Murthy, Jayathi Y. ; Amon, Cristina H.

In this paper, we numerically analyze the possibility of using buoyant flow in the display panel of a laptop for electronics cooling. Three-dimensional (3-D) channels with embedded pin fin arrays are analyzed using an unstructured finite volume method. Studies have been performed with a uniform heat flux boundary condition applied on the inner wall as well as for a constant inner wall temperature condition; the outer wall in all cases is exposed to the ambient. A single periodic module is selected in the lateral direction. In the axial mean flow direction, however, the entire height of the display channel is considered. Buoyancy has been modeled using Boussinesq approximation. A range of Rayleigh numbers, panel inclinations, and pin fin arrangements are considered. Local and global flow and heat transfer results are obtained including Nusselt numbers as well as local temperature and velocity fields. The results are useful in designing augmented cooling schemes in portable electronics.

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Components and Packaging Technologies, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:27 ,  Issue: 1 )