The performance of an array of staggered and nonstaggered cooling fins is compared, looking not only into the traditional objective of maximum heat transfer flux, but also to obtain it with the minimum flow resistance. Three different models were studied to obtain the ratio between the heat removed and the energy spent for the coolant flow going through the cooling fins. The study is done numerically using the computational fluid dynamic software FLUENT. The results show the advantages of the staggered model compared to the standard model since for a given incoming velocity, the use of a staggered heat sink always leads to a maximization of the heat transfer flux. The significant positive difference in the thermal performance of the staggered model permits the reduction of the incoming velocity with the consequent reduction in the pressure drop, and power consumption. The authors consider this research as a quite interesting approach as compared to other research where the flow resistance has not been taken into account.
Comparison Between the Standard and Staggered Layout for Cooling Fins in Forced Convection Cooling
Contributed by the Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division for publication in the JOURNAL OF ELECTRONIC PACKAGING. Manuscript received October 2002. Associate Editor: B. Courtois.
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Leon, O., De Mey, G., Dick, E., and Vierendeels, J. (September 17, 2003). "Comparison Between the Standard and Staggered Layout for Cooling Fins in Forced Convection Cooling ." ASME. J. Electron. Packag. September 2003; 125(3): 442–446. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1602709
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