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Numerical analysis of the flow and heat transfer characteristics in serpentine microchannel with variable bend amplitude

Hui Zhang (Zhongyuan University of Technology, Zhengzhou, China)
Xianfei Liu (Zhongyuan University of Technology, Zhengzhou, China)

International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow

ISSN: 0961-5539

Article publication date: 26 October 2020

Issue publication date: 24 May 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to propose the increase of heat dissipation requirements of modern electronic equipment and the fast development of micro-scale manufacturing technologies. The heat transfer mechanism is studied in-depth, especially for its pattern of secondary flow caused by the repeated inversion of centrifugal force. Effects of η on the frictional pressure drop and average Nusselt number are studied and the performance of such microchannel heat sink with various bend amplitudes is comprehensively evaluated. These results can provide important insight into the optimal design of this novel design configuration for microelectronics cooling.

Design/methodology/approach

A three-dimensional model based on the finite volume approach and SIMPLEC algorithm is performed to test an innovative serpentine microchannel, which behaves differently from conventional serpentine microchannel due to the significant effect of centrifugal force inversion.

Findings

The effect of centrifugal force significantly influences the flow and thermal fields which are responsible for the enhancement in heat transfer coefficient. The number, size and intensity of vortices increase with increasing Re, and the vortices are reformed at every change of the geometry in a periodic fashion. The serpentine microchannel studies more effectively at larger bend amplitude. Pressure fluctuations and temperature variation are greater with increasing bend amplitude.

Practical implications

Several techniques have been developed to augment single-phase convective heat transfer in channels. One technique is to use a serpentine channel that enhances the heat transfer due to flow mixing and periodic interruption of thermal boundary layers. This technique has been applied to micro-heat exchangers, thermal regenerators and mini/microreactors.

Social implications

The optimal design of this novel design configuration for microelectronics cooling can be attained. It will become an effective cooling technology for solving the increasing of heat dissipation requirements of modern electronic equipment.

Originality/value

The flow and heat transfer characteristics are first presented for the circular serpentine microchannel made up of alternate U-bends without interposed straight segments. The present study first examines the effect of such centrifugal force inversion on velocity contour, pressure distribution and temperature distribution. The patterns of secondary flow along the flow passage caused by the repeated inversion of centrifugal force are further studied in depth. The effect of bend amplitude on the flow and heat transfer is explored and the performance of such microchannel heat sink has been comprehensively evaluated.

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Acknowledgements

The work is financed by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (51906265), Key Scientific Research Project of Colleges and Universities in Henan Province (20B540004), China National Textile and Apparel Council (2019030; 2019073), Young Talents Innovative Foundation of Zhongyuan University of technology (K2019QN002).

Citation

Zhang, H. and Liu, X. (2021), "Numerical analysis of the flow and heat transfer characteristics in serpentine microchannel with variable bend amplitude", International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow, Vol. 31 No. 6, pp. 2022-2041. https://doi.org/10.1108/HFF-06-2020-0334

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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