Operating temperature in electronics applications is continuously increasing. Therefore, for the past few decades, high heat flux removing micro heat sinks are investigated in terms of heat transfer effectiveness. This study generally concentrates on improving the passive heat transfer techniques. Micro heat sinks used in experiments are fabricated using MEMS techniques. Resistance temperature detectors, RTDs, were used for temperature measurements. The experimental data was obtained for single and two phase flow regions; however, only single phase flow results were considered in numerical simulations. Numerical validations were performed on the micro heat sinks, including cylinder and hydrofoil shaped pin fins. Following the validation phase, optimization has been performed to further improve the hydraulic and thermal performance. DOE study showed that the chord length and leading edge size of the hydrofoil pin fin are significant contributors to the thermal performance. The ranges of geometrical variables were identified and fed into multi-objective optimization cycles implementing the multi-objective genetic algorithm. The optimization objectives were to minimize pumping requirements while enhancing the local and global heat transfer effectiveness over the surface of the heater in single phase flow environment. A broad range of geometries were obtained with an acceptable tradeoff between thermal and hydraulic performance for low Reynolds number. Additionally, tandem geometries were investigated and showed that higher heat transfer effectiveness could be obtained with acceptable pumping power requirements. The importance of such optimization studies before the experimental testing is highlighted, and novel geometries are presented for further experimental investigations. Thermal performance improvement of 28% was obtained via implementing proposed geometries with only a 12% pressure drop increase. Local heat transfer optimization, aiming to decrease the local temperatures were also performed using doublet pin fin configurations. Results showed that tandem hydrofoils could control the flow with minimum pressure drops while reaching the desired low local temperatures.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Ismayilov, Fuad, "Numerical Investigation and Optimization of Pin Fins in Micro Heat Sinks" (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2004-2019. 6751.