This paper presents an experimental study of the heat transfer characteristics of mechanically driven oscillating flows inside small diameter channels and at various frequencies and stroke lengths. Two important parameters were studied: the effective thermal conductivity between the heat source and sink, and the heat transfer coefficients in the heating and cooling regions. The test data were compared to theoretical correlations in the literature to assess their validity in the operating range of interest. Kurzweg’s correlation agreed reasonably well with the test data at low frequencies (1 Hz) and small amplitudes (7.6 cm). The highest effective thermal conductivity achieved during this study was more than 210,000 W/m-K. As a reference, pure copper and diamond materials have thermal conductivities around 400 W/m-K and 1,200 W/m-K, respectively. At low oscillating frequencies, the measured heat transfer coefficients in the heating region agreed reasonably well to Shin (1998)’s correlation. The correlation tends to under predict the heat transfer coefficient at higher frequencies. The experimental study investigated the effects of various frequencies and stroke length and demonstrated heat transfer coefficients in the heating region in excess of 34,000W/m2-K.

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