Heat sink designers have to balance a number of conflicting parameters to maximize the performance of heat sinks. This multi-parameter problem lends itself naturally to mathematical optimization techniques. The paper illustrates how mathematical optimization techniques combined with a semi-empirical thermal simulation program can be used to construct a trade-off curve (Pareto-optimal set) between the heat sink mass and thermal resistance for a given heat sink configuration. This trade-off curve can be used by the engineer to decide on the optimal heat sink design that is the best compromise between heat sink mass and thermal resistance for the specific application under consideration.
Trade-off Design of Extruded Heat Sinks Using Mathematical Optimization
Contributed by the Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division for publication in the JOURNAL OF ELECTRONIC PACKAGING. Manuscript received Aug. 2003; final revision, Feb. 2004. Associate Editor: W. King.
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de Kock, D. J., and Visser, J. A. (October 6, 2004). "Trade-off Design of Extruded Heat Sinks Using Mathematical Optimization ." ASME. J. Electron. Packag. September 2004; 126(3): 333–341. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1772414
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