Conjugate heat transfer has significant relevance to a number of thermal systems and techniques which demand stringent temperature control, such as electronic cooling and chemical vapor deposition. A detailed experimental and numerical study is carried out to investigate conjugate heat transfer in a common configuration consisting of a horizontal channel with a heated section. Experimental data obtained from this study provides physical insight into conjugate heat transfer effects and facilitates validation of numerical conjugate heat transfer models. The basic characteristics of the flow and the associated thermal transport are studied. The numerical model is used to carry out a parametric study of operating conditions and design variables, thus allowing for the characterization of the conjugate heat transfer effects. It is found that the numerically predicted flow field and heat transfer results validate well to experimental observations. Conjugate heat transfer is shown to significantly affect the temperature level and uniformity at the heated section’s surface, channel walls and the gas phase, thus impacting the rate of heat transfer. This study provides guidelines and fundamental insight into temperature control during the combined modes of heat transfer, with implications to various thermal manufacturing methods.
Experimental and Numerical Study of Conjugate Heat Transfer in a Horizontal Channel Heated From Below
Contributed by the Heat Transfer Division for publication in the JOURNAL OF HEAT TRANSFER. Manuscript received by the Heat Transfer Division August 16, 1999; revision received February 1, 2001. Associate Editor: D. A. Kaminski.
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Chiu , W. K. S., Richards , C. J., and Jaluria, Y. (February 1, 2001). "Experimental and Numerical Study of Conjugate Heat Transfer in a Horizontal Channel Heated From Below ." ASME. J. Heat Transfer. August 2001; 123(4): 688–697. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1372316
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